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#3045179 Rugby League virtually ignored at SPOTY - moans here please

Posted by gogledd on 14 December 2014 - 09:16 PM

Taking nothing away from the Invicus athletes, who I have the greatest of respect for - but n the same weekend as the Invictus Games the Wheelchair RL 4 Nations took part in Medway Sports Centre, Gillingham - I doubt very much it will get a mention.

#3036374 2015 squad

Posted by gogledd on 23 November 2014 - 02:25 PM

I think we have to aim for a top 4 slot and I'd say we have a decent enough squad to do it. Now the coach has to mould them to play "smart rugby" as he is so fond of saying.


League 1 cup final and a place in the Grand final should be our ambitions for 2015.

#3028168 Where should the Home Nations play their Home Games?

Posted by gogledd on 06 November 2014 - 07:08 PM

Was 1400+ good for a crowd at Galashiels. Seems more than would normally watch the local Gala rugby union side these days?

I'd say it was good - as Wales attracted less than that at the 'home' of Wales RL in Wrexham. Shocked - no appalled  at the lack of support for our home game. I'd agree that Wales should play more games around the principality but our marketing needs strengthening to attract supporters.

#3021995 25/10/14 - France v Wales (Albi - KO 3pm)

Posted by gogledd on 28 October 2014 - 05:11 PM

Back from Albi; a few Euros lighter than when I set off on Friday.


Fantastic reception from the people and RL fans of the area. One of my favourite memories was meeting the Catalan fans in their North Wales Crusaders shirts. We made lots of new friends in the city of Albi.


A massive thanks to all the Wales RL players, coaches and management who came to meet the fans and speak to us after the game at the ground and later at O'Sullivans Irish bar. It was great to see John Kear and Richard Agar enjoying the social side of the game afterwards too.



We may have lost the game but we enjoyed the trip immensely.

#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.