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phildog

Member Since 26 Jul 2013
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In Topic: how NZ dealt with teams who played inelligble players

Yesterday, 11:15 PM

There actually is a serious point to this; regardless of our affinity to the club it can't be argued that, knowingly or not, we broke the rules, as did Whitehaven the season before. That Whitehaven's case wasn't picked up is to their advantage. Ours unfortunately was and along with Doncaster we were punished. The fact that the RFL reversed that decision (still no word from them on the reasons why 20 days after it was promised) was a stroke of luck, but that doesn't make it right. Ignorance of any rule etc is no defence, and the RFL have now created a precedent which allows any club to knowingly or not break rules in the future knowing that they can appeal on the understanding that Batley and Doncaster got away with it, and they will expect the same result. I think that we can count ourselves very lucky and should keep our heads below the parapet if fans of another club choose to question our good fortune. We would have been employing the same effort if a team had received that same luck and relegated us.


In Topic: 2015 season.

17 October 2014 - 09:30 PM

I'm a little confused too by our 'fast' threequarter line thread. We have Campbell, Ainscough and Rettie competing for wings, Squires and Faal as centres, plus fill ins from Chandler and Bretherton and possibly Grayston, seeing as nobody can yet pick a position for him. Craven will be first choice full back surely, so whilst I would say that the threequarters will certainly be robust and strong, other than JC there's nobody going to break any sprint records. The strength will be in the strength if you see what I mean, not only in the backs but throughout the team, as I think this year's squad, whoever plays each week 1-17 will be a formidable unit to break down and get past.


In Topic: 2015 season.

16 October 2014 - 08:46 AM

Although optimistic, can't say that old distant isn't far from the truth. Definitely heading for the 3rd tier of the 8's but good enough not to be in the relegation dogfight.


In Topic: bulls inclusion

14 October 2014 - 11:56 PM

I agree with the post regarding promotion: we are kidding ourselves if we believe that re-structuring is devised to give championship clubs a chance. It will always be slanted in favour of 'the closed shop'. Promotion and relegation means that the bottom of one league is replaced by the top of the one below, but in the RFL's case it actually means that you can finish bottom, but don't worry because we'll make sure that you have better money to let you buy better players so that you can beat off the pretenders. Even if Bradford were to finish top, they'll still be in the championship in 2016 because they won't beat the lowest placed SL club in a play-off.


In Topic: BISSA announce Latest Signing

10 October 2014 - 09:42 PM

This is more great news, BISSA is playing an admirable part in getting the club ready to face what is the most important season to face clubs for a long, long time. I, along with many others, have been fearful for the club's position in this new set-up, but recent recruitment has removed a lot of the doubts. Well done to BISSA, board and JK.