I am totally at a loss regarding this weekendd. We keep saying that we're going into important games; we've built up a head of steam since Bradford and I felt we were likely to do well enough in the 8's. This weekend's game is important in giving us who we will get at home yet Kear decides it's another chance to tinker. Maybe
he thinks we're going to be good enough to do well anyway regardless. Mitchell must still be
injured as he's stood in at 6 already this season.
What's happened to Gledhil lately, and as I've said
elsewhere how can we be sending players out on
loan when we've had such a struggle ourselves?
Funny how, until Ulugia, there's been nobody
avaliable to us yet we can put 2 out. AND, If I was
either of those 2 I'd be looking at the record of
Batley in ever bringing back loanees. Just as we
were thinking things were looking up we're back to
scratching our heads in disbelief. Confirms the opinion of the majority that we must lose Kear.
Injuries? Where's Southernwood for Sunday? No stand off for this big game. Then after a season of struggles and injuries and looking for loanee halves who weren't there (??) we can send 2 players out on loan. With our recent history of loaning out that's the end of their time at Batley as I can't remember anyone other than JC coming back.
Interested in BlueOx's statement that those who have left Halifax haven't been good enough to stay and have gone downward. Is the reason then that we've struggled this last 2 seasons because most of those who have left Batley have gone the other way? Walmsley, Walton, Johnson, Griffin, Brown all stepped up to SL for a spell at least, then there was the mass exodus to Fev for those who thought it was a step up (league position says it is/was), regardless of the fact that only one of that happy band remains there? Does Blue Ox think that us taking Paterson was a step down? Not picking a fight, serious question, and does he think that they were right to loan Brown back whilst Potts stayed? Is Greenwood injured at Fax at the moment or is he just not getting in?
Also agree with comments on Craven, he at least was responsible for the 1st try last week. If he's a confidence player, then confidence can only come from a) being good at your job and playing in a team which is confident and doing well. So, Craven can't really be on his own in having a lack of confidence!! Talk turns to Alex Brown then: where will he be? With Campbell, Rettie, Ainscough, Squires and Brown I think that's a damned good back 5, at least going forward, Brown's not the greatest tackler either but hey ho...
You can't say on one hand that Leatherbarrow is too slow then in the same sentence suggest bringing back Handforth who also by your own admission is on the slow side. Kev Nich and whoever is coach have to put in a lot of legwork, be it home or abroad, to bring in half backs with pace and/or guile. This suggested pre-season visit from Blacky's new team may yield something, what's wrong in contacting him or Tommo to ask if they have any suggestions? The bulk of our squad is decent, how do you decide on who not to approach to re-sign, especially as I get the feeling that the squad as a whole is sick of the way things have gone and probably feel they owe the club and fans. There are a couple of names I wouldn't seriously ask that's all, and of those who have spent lengthy periods injured,can we be sure that they won't continually break down?
Been looking? Umpteen players have come up when we've been told there weren't any. It's too late now, winable games have gone which would have improved our position. What we need to hope now is that recent performances have set us up for a good win this week and to compete at Rams then finish in top 4 of the 8s..
Well thanks Billy for seeing my point!! Too negative am I ChrisT? Seems like nobody wants it telling as it is...We were constantly told that nobody, absolutely nobody was available to fill our HB problem, we'd scoured the heavens and money was no problem but no, nobody. As I said, since there was nobody, names have appeared all over the shop going here there and everywhere, but nobody, absolutely nobody, was available to us. Die-hard? Since 1960 old lad, steward when it was introduced, treasurer of old Supporters' club for a while, been all over watching, not as many games now as I would like, shifts see to that, but no greater hoper than me. Unless you know me and my connection within the game, don't accuse. Haven4ever, you know your club and how players play, great, but it was my point that there was a half back, pure and simple, who we reckoned we couldn't find!!
The point was that first Scott was out and we had nobofy to partner Cain thrn the other way round snd we kept getting told that nobody was available yet it keeps sneaking out of players who were around eho could have been approached. What if either of these 2 pick up another injury?
See Whitehaven at it again, signed a frenchman, albeit a prop. Where are we looking exactly for these players we can afford but can't find? It really is becoming a pathetic tale of total ineptitude and lack of purpose.
Exactly Morley!!!And as for players not being avaliable how come nearly every other team manages to find'em IF money isn't the problem? The problem therefore must be that they don't want to work under the coach, good as opposition fans tell us he is. So 11 games left then what? Can we improve our position sufficiently? Lose to Donny and the answer must be no.
I find myself in a minority here; due to work commitments and holidays first game I've seen since game b4 Bash, couldn't decide whether today was worth the trip, but a workmate asked me, a Bulls fan. For all the condemnation the team and coaching staff has received lately I have to say that this is the type of performance that I can just about put up with. There was endeavour and a matching of the Bulls for lengthy periods, and the 2 late tries after the sending off flattered the Bulls. We have to hope now that the team which did so well against London, Leigh, London and Bulls earlier in the season etc is the team that turns up against Donny, Hawks, Rams etc not the dross from other notable games.
Hi BSJ, moderator here!! Enjoying the spectacle of Dewsbury fans falling out on our site!! Coolie made many salient points in his original assessment, he, like myself, seems to believe that the area's rugby league is best served by both Batley and Dewsbury being strong and competitive, and he tries to point out the whys and wherefores that one of us isn't. I haven't been one of those over the last 3/4 seasons crowing when we've been on the up and The Rams have had a bad run, always knew there was a chance of a reversal of roles. I agree with him regarding changes being required from the top but as usual it's a question of how and when, and if.