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#3014395 Championship Fixtures Out On Sunday?

Posted by gogledd on 15 October 2014 - 01:03 PM

What an odd time!


Wish list:  

London Skolars v North Wales Crusaders at the Friday Night Lights, the evening before the Challenge Cup

South Wales Scorpions v North Wales Crusaders at Cardiff Arms Park in May (TBC)

Gateshead Thunder v North Wales Crusaders on the Friday evening  of Millennium Magic weekend in Newcastle (you know it makes sense!)

#3009458 Scorpions move again

Posted by gogledd on 07 October 2014 - 09:52 PM

I like South Wales Scorpions .. and of course SWS is Welsh for Kiss!  Two poodle-rock bands for the price of one!

#3008613 'Well Run' clubs

Posted by gogledd on 06 October 2014 - 04:14 PM

I'm going to put a shout in for North Wales Crusaders. The club didn't exist 3 years ago; it was formed by fans hoping to rescue rugby league in North Wales following the franchise fiasco of Crusaders RL.

The North Wales Club have a 'not for profit' motive - all money made from the business is ploughed back into the business. Our Board of Directors is made us of local businessmen who were first and foremost RLfans who didn't want RL to end in North Wales.


We played our first season in 2012. In 2013 we won the Championship 1 league and got promoted, we had the highest attendances in that league and had built on the solid foundations of 2012.  2014 hasn't been a great playing season and we would have to own up to poor signings, ground redevelopment which effected our attendance numbers and a mid-season change of manager.


However we do have a developing Wheelchair RL team with a senior team playing in the league this season and a junior team in development.


Our u15s first season has been a marked success. They entered the North West Counties league and went on to win that league - these are lads with no tradition of RL to draw on, many of them trying it out after playing RU and seeing our senior RL team performing well in 2013.


Unfortunately this year finishing in 11th place in the Championship means that restructure of the leagues has hampered our progress.


There is much to improve but we have got great foundations. Hopefully 2015 will prove to be as successful as 2013 and we can improve aspects of our fledgling club even more.

#3008390 Grand Final heartbreak!

Posted by gogledd on 06 October 2014 - 11:18 AM

What a game - and despite some added support from NW Crusaders - Oldham Roughyeds just beaten by a golden point drop goal; a cruel way to finish a fabulous game. The players, fans, coaching staff, everyone involved couldn't have given more. You did your club, your town and rugby league proud.


Best wishes for next season

#3005260 02/10/14 - St Helens v Catalan Dragons KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by gogledd on 30 September 2014 - 05:26 PM

We may also remember how we beat the Dragons at home earlier in the year!


Other than that, I'm sayin nothin

You may also remember you lost the two games before that at Langtree Park  - both were edge of the seat games and highly entertaining. Lets hope for the same on Thursday - and a Dragons win.


Our tickets arrived today  - so Draigiau Gogledd Cymru - Dracs Nord du Galles  - will be out in force!  Allez Catalan

#3004010 Cougars begin legal action; propose expanded Championship (merged threads)

Posted by gogledd on 28 September 2014 - 04:15 PM

Kly have made a claim that a Cru player shouldnt have been playing.
Can you defently say they are wrong.

I can say whatever I want.. and so can you .. doesn't make either of us right, or help your cause with being dealt a sh*tty hand regarding relegation.


crusaders got better attendances in champ1 than tje champ, the fixtures against hemel and oxford must have been more appealing than leigh and fax and fev.....
Travel costs is nonsense its not like theres any overnighters.....if all the far out clubs got promoted would tgis be unfair on clubs in the champ?!?!?
Keighley could set up pre-seaaon friendlies or games on CC weekends against Bradford or any other money spinner...
But because its new thinking they wont!
Its the lack of new thinking and pineing over winter rugby thats got them relegated!

NW Crusaders average attendances are down for a couple of reasons. Last season we won all our league games bar 2 - the supporters turn out to see a winning team. This season the Racecourse was under redevelopment and 4 of our home games were played at a different stadium, we started losing and the crowds dwindled away.  Our core support of around 800 remains strong. NWC have to attract more people to RL form across North Wales - and have appointed a new member of the Board to try to address this issue.


NWC supporters have enjoyed Leigh Fax and Fev as much as Hemel and Oxford in he past and are looking forward to Coventry Bears as a new fixture in 2015. Thanks to all Championship clubs who turned out in force to the Racecourse stadium, Leigh and Featherstone brought particularly strong support; hopefully all clubs received a warm Welsh welcome however many of their fans came.

#3003752 Catalans Grand Final Contigency

Posted by gogledd on 27 September 2014 - 09:48 PM

Catalan are my SL team anyway. Win or lose I'm there for 6 or 7 games a season (on top of supporting NW Crusaders). If they make the GF I'll be over the moon... and at Old Trafford.

#3003663 26/09/14 - Huddersfield Giants v Catalan Dragons KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by gogledd on 27 September 2014 - 05:47 PM

genuine catalan fans? about 10-15

the rest, or the ones it kept showing on sky and referring to "the frenchmen" were a bunch of beered up young lads from bradford,who i believe were friends and family of Elliot whitehead who were a bit embarrassing, 2 of them were thrown out for trying to get on the field , they were then aggressive and obnoxious after the game and at one point were battling stewards who were trying to prevent them invading the players lounge

Do our contingent of North Wales Dracs count as genuine catalan fans? I've been to watch them at Warrington, Widnes, Wigan, St.Helens and. Leeds this season and at least 7 times last season including one game in Perpignan. Just because we're not French doesn't diminish our support.... and we've been on Sky numerous times but only Brian Carney has spotted that we have Gwaed Ac Aur (Sang Et Or in Welsh) on our (Glyndwr) flag!

#3003421 Grand Final

Posted by gogledd on 26 September 2014 - 10:32 PM

You can count on support from NW Cru fans at the GF. Best of luck Yeds.

#3003417 26/09/14 - Huddersfield Giants v Catalan Dragons KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by gogledd on 26 September 2014 - 10:22 PM

Another nail-biter at Langtree Park?  You betcha. I'll be there cheering on les Dracs

#3002652 Cougars begin legal action; propose expanded Championship (merged threads)

Posted by gogledd on 25 September 2014 - 09:24 PM

3 posts on this thread have asked for clarification on who exactly was the illegible player supposed to have been fielded by North Wales Crusaders against Keighley - to which we have had no reply. Its all well and good saying the RFL give no answers, yet your not prepared to answers questions to statement you have made alleging another club (Crusaders) have breached operational rules. I  support the stance Keighley are making as I think they have been treated unfairly but now you've deemed to drag my club into the argument I'd like answers to the allegations your club has made. Please don't have double standards.

#3001353 Wales name squad for European Championship

Posted by gogledd on 23 September 2014 - 05:52 PM

France are improving and have several world class players in the likes of Escare, Duport and Casty. this will be a difficult if not impossible game to win for Wales if they do not have their SL level players available.

I think that will depend on how John Kear gets them playing together as a team. Our previous team seemed lacking in this aspect in the World Cup. Our previous visit to France (Lens) saw a reasonable performance against a strong Catalan based French side. Wales have beaten France in Albi - lets hope this can be repeated. France is the second game in the series and I doubt much will change if John Kear doesn't have players making themselves available for the European Championships.


Wales need a diary of international competition so that eligible players know in advance when competitions are due and clubs can prepare for their call up.

#2999832 20/09/14 - Leeds Rhinos v Catalan Dragons KO 5.15pm (TV)

Posted by gogledd on 21 September 2014 - 11:44 AM

A great day out in Leeds yesterday. We watch the game with a meal in the Original Oak then took out place in the Main stand to support Catalans.


As usual it was edge of the seat stuff; its never easy supporting Catalan in the UK , At the end of the first half Escare threw a pass to a ghost and let Leeds in and I though that would be it. But back came the Dragons and the bench players all put in a shift. Leeds snuffed out Escare every time he got the ball. 1min 50 left on the clock and I said to a fellow Dragons fan "well that's it unless Leeds make a huge mistake... Cue HUGE mistake and a Catalan try right at the death. So I got to see my first Catalan victory in the UK this season!


There was a fair smattering of Catalan support. Hopefully there will be more next Friday at Huddersfield. I will definitely be amongst them and hoping to see my 2nd win. Allez Catalan

#2986666 North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair RL team - Junior section

Posted by gogledd on 01 September 2014 - 04:22 PM

NWC are to launch their first junior session of wheelchair RL as more juniors are showing an interest.  Junior sessions are open to 7 to 11 year olds


Junior sessions are to be held on Fridays 4:30 to 5:30pm (before the senior session) at Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry, Flintshire.


Please come along and have some fun.

#2986480 Easy win

Posted by gogledd on 01 September 2014 - 11:05 AM

Well played Barrow; a thoroughly deserved victory over a side who beat Keighley the week before. To say I was disappointed would be the understatement of the season!  A huge thank you from Keith and myself for the hospitality and friendship show to the both of us on our arrival on our bikes. Even if Cru didn't win the true friendship of rugby league was evident in spades. Diolch un fawr iawn.