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#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.

#2980256 Anthony Murray

Posted by gogledd on 19 August 2014 - 11:07 PM

Is this a dig at Barrow? Or Crusaders? Or Anthony Murray? Or a combinations of all 3? And why post it twice - once in the Barrow forum?


Was Murray in charge when Barrow were 'officially' relegated or was that Bobby Goulding?


As previously posted (so now I am repeating myself!) - North Wales Crusaders performance has improved with Murray at the helm gaining 6 bonus points under his guidance and a win last Sunday. The team has lacked the killer instinct and guile to close games out - if we had maybe we would have kept our Championship hopes alive. As it is were in the unfortunate position of being relegated thanks to the restructure - in any other season we would have stayed up.

#2979574 17/08/14 - The Kingstone Press Championship Match Thread

Posted by gogledd on 18 August 2014 - 03:08 PM

Any idea what was going through his head when he went for a drop after the final hooter sounded and all he had to do was take the tackle and it was over? A Keighley supporter and I were scratching our heads about it as we left the ground,

Very nice to get a win. What a bizarre end to a game, gifting a bonus point to Keighley, who in fairness got stuck in for the second period and put us under a lot of pressure and probably deserved something for their efforts. I'm pleased for Anthony Murray who gets his first win as head coach - he's had too many near misses lately.

#2978205 Rams to move forward without dual registration

Posted by gogledd on 16 August 2014 - 08:08 AM

Congratulations Rams - lets hope your the leaders in what proves to be the death of DR. It skews the competition in the second and third tier and I hope North Wales Crusaders go back to how we were before Championship rugby - proud to be Crusaders alone. Our DR players from Widnes added nothing to the team but disruption.

#2975574 08-10/08/14 - The Kingstone Press Championship Match Thread

Posted by gogledd on 11 August 2014 - 08:00 PM

Off the field the club seems to be well run and any of the people apparently being sounded out for next season's coaching vacancy would do a good job - I look upon this season just as a bit of a glitch, something to be learned from rather than worried about. As far as I know they're still training down Widnes way (Gogledd might be able to help here) and the club's involved in developing the junior game with players attending the council's Summer Park sessions and Play Day. Not sure about local involvement as I'm in Oswestry rather than Wrexham. 

This season we'll get relegated due to the restructure rather than being in the bottom 2. We've had problems with injuries, a few players leaving mid season, a change of management, and a stadium and pitch refurbishment meaning we had to move grounds too. However the CEO and board of directors are optimistic about our next season in the KP League 1. 


As far as I know the squad are still training at the Lions Den in Widnes. The Chronicler is correct in pointing out our developing youth side - our U 15s have had a great first season beating a number of teams in the north west counties league. We are hopeful to add to this one junior team by adding another age level next season. We have also got a Wheelchair RL team up and running and have good financial support established for this team. There are now 5 amateur clubs established in north Wales running open age and junior teams.. The club had forged good links with the local authorities in Wrexham and Flintshire and RL is being taken into schools by our youth development coach. On the whole not bad for a club in its relative infancy.

#2969871 European Championship Fixtures Released

Posted by gogledd on 02 August 2014 - 01:42 PM

I have already booked flights, hotel and train travel for our game in Albi.  Nice to see the Racecourse gets another game after good support during the World Cup. Lets hope John Kears Wales put on a better display for the home fans and that they'll come out in force to support the national team in their one home fixture.


I was hoping the Scotland v Wales game would actually be in Scotland - nothing wrong with Derwent Park, except its not in Scotland. If the Wales home fixture had been arranged for St. Helens, Widnes or Warrington (or anywhere in England)  I'd have been incandescent. Scotland need to get the game established within its own borders - despite the reasons Otto gives.