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Keith T

Member Since 06 Apr 2003
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#2984171 We're not safe yet

Posted by Keith T on 28 August 2014 - 05:26 PM

When it comes down to the RFL that old saying "you should always expect the unexpected" was never truer.


Batley's appeal was centred around the fact that they didn't know about this 3 game rule and it seems to me that they have upturned every stone to find that Haven broke the same rule last year and didn't get punished.    As they haven't punished any teams either last year or this then it would be very difficult for them to punish another team if they now broke the same rule this season.


It's ironic though that the one coach that shouted loudest about the perceived miscarriage of justice just happened to be coach of the team that broke the rule last year and got away with it!!!  As they say "touche".

#2984166 Realistically ....

Posted by Keith T on 28 August 2014 - 05:21 PM

I've only seen Josh Crowley play about 3 times wonderofwood but each time I have thought that he was a very honest player who gives you a double shift every game.  

#2981450 Big news

Posted by Keith T on 22 August 2014 - 02:40 PM

Lambrini time ,well done P.V.


Make mine a double Lambrini bomber!!!!    :tongue:

#2977781 Batleys RFL hearing today.

Posted by Keith T on 15 August 2014 - 02:56 PM

We are relegating 5 teams this year because we are introducing a new system next season which sees the top Championship team (plus 3 others) with less money, playing the 9th SL team (and 3 others) to decide which teams go in to SL the following season.


So, what was wrong with only relegating 4 teams direct and the 10th team play the top team from Championship 1 for the last place in the relegated 5 (it would be either 5 relegated or no-one promoted in this case)?    I think that would have been a much fairer system to decide this matter. As it stands a team could be relegated with 42/44 points which last season would have been good enough for 6th position in the league table.

#2976513 Gary McFarland

Posted by Keith T on 13 August 2014 - 02:25 PM

Welcome on board Gary and well done for coming forward.

#2973217 08-10/08/14 - The Kingstone Press Championship Match Thread

Posted by Keith T on 07 August 2014 - 07:15 PM

With Sky having no matches to show this weekend what a missed opportunity not to be showing the top versus second in the Championship on Friday evening.    Come back Premier Sports.

#2969888 The points system

Posted by Keith T on 02 August 2014 - 02:45 PM

My team, Workington Town, have taken some flak from some quarters and called the "the Bonus Point Kings" etc, because we have collected 9 bonus points this season.    When we were collecting these points by their very nature we were losing games but the points were putting us above some teams that had won more games than us.   However, we have now won 6 games on the trot and our number of wins have almost caught up with those other clubs and the bonus points are now the difference between us being in 10th place or joint 6th.   We have lost 11 games in total but in only 2 games have we lost by more than 12 points.    Other teams have lost the same number of games and only have 3 to 5 bonus points meaning their losses have been bigger than the 12 point margin.


Our bonus points have all been well earned against top teams as well as middle of the table teams and by keeping going for the full 80 minutes in each game we are where we are today, fighting for a place in the top 5.    The system has to be judged on what it has done for individual games not by a cock-eyed-look at the league table.

#2969698 rumours

Posted by Keith T on 02 August 2014 - 06:25 AM

No sour grapes intended, we fully deserve our league position, but do you not think the bonus pt should have been scrapped this season with 5 going down?...Wouldn't have made a sh*** of a difference to us, but, there are 3 clubs below Town at present who have won 1 more game. One of which is in tge "no man's land" slot and the other, Whitehaven, in the drop zone.


People look at the bonus point from the aspect of being rewarded for failing to win a match but if you look at the league table at those clubs around Town they have all had the same opportunities as Town to pick up the same number of bonus points but failed.    Haven have lost 11 games but only in 4 of them losses have they been within 12 points of their opponents score whereas in 9 out of 11 losses by Town they have been less than 12 points behind.    That is the reward for going the full 80 minutes.    So, whilst it is easy to say the bonus points should be scrapped I think most teams need to look at it in a different light first.

#2964129 New signing

Posted by Keith T on 23 July 2014 - 02:28 PM

Obviously not the news you guys where expecting but I'm sure toward the end of the year you will be getting a big boost. Declan found out this morning and is delighted to be part of the push toward the playoffs and what I've seen of JP he will provide much needed cover in the backs. 


I applaud PV's thinking,and I'm sure with his contacts he will be able to pull off further signings /Loans which will compliment the current squad which wont break the bank


Oh wonderofwood you will have to stop this teasing of us Town fans as we aren't used to all the excitement, etc.   I won't be able to settle now for the next 4 or 5 months (end of the year).   ;)  ;)

#2959384 Lewis Tierney

Posted by Keith T on 15 July 2014 - 11:17 AM

Lewis Tierney is the Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Week and also the Try of the Week as well as being included in the Team of the Week.   Well done Lewis.

#2958464 Today's Team News

Posted by Keith T on 13 July 2014 - 04:19 PM

We give away more tries in the last 10 minutes of games that I'm sure teams now think if they can keep in touch with us they will get the late scores.   Why can't we just do the simple things?     It sounded as if we had a very poor kicking game again today and it just shows the value of someone with pace.   Tierney twice through and away with his pace, Forber clean break and it sounded easily caught.  


Still it was a very good effort from the lads today to get the win at Keighley and there is now only 3 points from 5th (Dewsbury) and 10th (us) and the next 2 weeks will see some changes.   Keighley have Leigh away and Doncaster at home.  Batley are away to Fev and then away to Sheffield.   Haven have Fax away and Fev at home.  We have Rochdale at home and NWC away and they are games we have to target for 6 points.   Then after that we have the derby match at DP.

#2957496 The run-in

Posted by Keith T on 11 July 2014 - 11:55 AM

I believe that the structure is:


1st   500K

2nd  450K

3rd   200K

4th   200K

5th   175K

6th   175K

7th   150K

8th   150K

9th   150K


10 14th 150K


KPC1  90K


If anyone can correct these I would be grateful.


I think the totals are almost correct.   Bear in mind the amounts are for the 2015 season based on finishing positions this season.


1st - £550k

2nd - £500k

3rd - £250k

4th - £200k

5th - £175k

6th - £175k

7th - 9th - £150k


10th - 14th - £75k plus a one off payment of £25k for this year only after that the relegated team would only get the £75k


Champions of Champ1 - £150k

#2936349 Town v North Wales

Posted by Keith T on 29 May 2014 - 10:32 AM

I know how detrimental dropping down would be, but at the half way point of this season it's looking like a strong possibility that it's going to happen. Are we all just willing to write us off if it does happen? Or should we hang on to the hope that it won't be as bad as we're all fearing?


Once we get these next 4 games out of the way we have some quite winnable games coming up and if we can sneak one or two unpredictable wins on top of those then we can make the top 9.   We have to believe that or else we will be going down.

#2936345 Town V Leigh predictions.

Posted by Keith T on 29 May 2014 - 10:28 AM

I wouldn't want to be making any rash predictions but I don't think we were expected to beat Leigh last year but we did!!!!   Looking at their results I see that Crusaders held them to a 13 point difference, Halifax to 8 points, Rochdale to 6 points and Keighley to 2 points, so whilst a win may be just a bridge too far I believe that we could be within the bonus point target.    I also think that the "fear" factor comes in to play when you play a team that has won 15 games on the trot as Leigh have and everyone thinks that they are invincible.    At some point they will lose their unbeaten record and it might just as well be to us as to anyone else.   We have pushed Fev all the way and drew with Halifax so let's be a bit more positive about Sunday.

#2935359 Does Phil Vievers really breath test his players?

Posted by Keith T on 26 May 2014 - 06:51 PM

I bet if your wifes sister was getting married or any family member and you were a rugby player you would not be playing rugby.   Then again who knows, I should say no reasonable person would.   Keep trying Choccy.