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#2968659 03/08/14 - Widnes Vikings v Hull KR KO 3pm

Posted by Eldujo on Yesterday, 03:09 PM

big game, 4pointer for a two teams hovering around the play-off mark......i hope Dennis does not choose to rest people in advance of the semi-final as I personally think this is the more important of the two games

Not sure about that. Lose versus Cas and there goes the biggest match in recent history for the Vikings. Lose against Hull KR and it's all still to play for in the league.


Surely a visit to Wembley is bigger than a slightly worse chance of making the playoffs.

#2964775 Rugby League's popularity riding high (Merged threads)

Posted by Eldujo on 24 July 2014 - 02:14 PM

I have just read a quote from Nigel Wood where he states "The game is at an all time high with almost 39 million watching the game live-either at the ground or on television"


Which leads me to ponder how big the population of Yorkshire and Lancashire really is?


Seriously though to make a broad staement like this, one would presume there are facts to back it up, as of yet though no actual facts seem avaliable.


The plot thickens to quote anotherwell know  fictional character

The problem whenever anyone quotes how many watched the games is it doesn't (and can't) take into account that the same people watch many of the same games. So if there was 39 games on and the same million people watched all the games, do we say there was 39 million watching or 1 million.


There's always a lot of dodgy figures thrown around with regards to viewing stats. For example, whenever the Classico is on in Spain you hear of viewing figures of around 1 billion but it's nowhere near that. That's more potential viewing figures than actual. You have to take it all with a pinch of salt.

#2963431 Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport

Posted by Eldujo on 22 July 2014 - 10:40 AM

Surely there is no doubt that he has rescued Salford and slowly but surely his efforts and his  money have started to turn he club round. What a great time to be a Salford supporter, young or old..... I sxthat it? Maybe that's not what you want?

You're not wrong. What he's done is given the club hope. OK, it's not been plain sailing this year but if you go back 1 year and compare it to the current set up, don't think many will deny there's a decent improvement there. We've gone from rock bottom to playoff contender, not amazing, but not bad. Go back 2 years and you'd be surprised it's not Salford in London or Bradford's shoes.


Also, a nice touch from Salford for the Leeds game also they are renaming the South Stand as The Shed in honour of the old ground and have reduced tickets to £10 (£5 concessions) for the occassion. People might knock how he goes about his business but you can't really knock the effort he brings in trying to make Salford contenders.

#2961496 20/07/14 - Hull KR v Salford Red Devils KO 3pm

Posted by Eldujo on 19 July 2014 - 12:19 AM

Wots the story with Locke ?


Is he playing ?

He's in the 19 man squad for what it's worth. If he was close to playing last week, presume there's a fair chance he'll make it this week.


Posted by Eldujo on 17 July 2014 - 06:56 PM

Being more of a long time TV watcher of the game and only recently becoming a regular at attending, I could be very wrong here but I've never noticed an ice cream stand at any of the grounds I've been to.


Now we're a summer sport and we actually seem to be having a summer for the second year in a row, I'd have expected to see a van or one of those mobile stalls doing a roaring trade particularly on a blazing hot Saturday or Sunday afternoon game.


It's not like you'd have to do anything other than have someone on standby once you know what the weather's likely to do. Surely some grounds have this??

#2959803 Dr K to buy Newcastle Knights?

Posted by Eldujo on 16 July 2014 - 08:11 AM

I'd just woke up when I first read this. Brain was still asleep so I was thinking he was buying the RU club (yep, I know they are the Falcons when I'm more with it). 


If true, the man must like a rebuilding job as Newcastle are struggling this year. Not quite as big a job as Salford's makeover but still a bit of work to do. Presume he won't be bringing in Noble to replace Wayne Bennett.

#2959403 Matt Bowen extends Wigan stay

Posted by Eldujo on 15 July 2014 - 11:53 AM

After watching the highlights of Wigan-Catalans on the SL Show last night, can't see why this would be anything other than a good move for Wigan.


If he stays fit, he's as good if not better than any fullback in the league, including Locke and Hardaker. The calls for replacing him with Ryan Hampshire seem to have dried up as Bowen has settled in. Sure his time will come soon enough even if it's not necessarily at full back to start with.

#2957531 Tyrone McCarthy

Posted by Eldujo on 11 July 2014 - 01:02 PM

Just been checking on how PNG Hunters are getting on in the Queensland comp (W9 D1 L7) and noticed that Tyrone McCarthy bagged a try against them last week. Anyone know how he's getting on down under? His team are the top of the ladder so presume it's been a good move for him.


Did he jump or he was he nudged out at Warrington? Always thought he was a decent enough prospect and a like-able character. Also, he was well ahead of the curve when it came to the caveman beard plenty of players are now rocking.


For fans of ex-Wire youngsters in far flung places, Rhys Williams also scored for Central Queensland Capras in the same round.


Highlights from the PNG-Northern Pride game are in the link below. McCarthy scores right off the bat but highlights are probably worth watching for the 4 try effort in a losing team from the PNG winger, Garry Lo. That lad can shift.



#2956801 The best investment the RFL/SL clubs could make is ?

Posted by Eldujo on 09 July 2014 - 12:08 PM

I'd say investment in youth systems here rather than sending a squad down under would end up more beneficial. Think of the cost of travel, housing, feeding and generally looking after players for starters.


Maybe raising the limit of the U19s league to U21s or even 23s to give players more time to bloom would be better. Plus better links & investment in local youth clubs is a necessity. Whether all clubs have the funds to do this, I don't know. but it seems Warrington are making a decent stab at it as mentioned on a different thread (or could have been on Guardian's Set of Six comments)


It's a long way to send a bunch of kids and then expect them to bond and progress away from friends and family. Also suspect it would end up being a bigger boon to the NRL than SL as they'd be snapped up by local clubs.

#2956373 Magic Weekend in Coventry?

Posted by Eldujo on 08 July 2014 - 01:48 PM

I think he was referring to the Don Valley Stadium.

Whooosh, sorry, went straight over my head.


It could always be held at the dog track the Eagles are currently using then. We could do whippet racing at the end of each game to keep the flat cappers entertained.

#2956201 Magic Weekend in Coventry?

Posted by Eldujo on 08 July 2014 - 12:05 AM

Hi all, new here. I have been reading this for a few days now with interest at the reaction to Magic weekend potentially coming down to Coventry. I am a Coventry City fan, but adopted fan of Rugby League so it wont suprise you I am about to offer full support for 'Midlands Magic' in Coventry.


We were fortunate to go to Cardiff for the World Cup but as most games, Wigan anyway, seem to be on Fridays getting up to Rugby league country is vitually impossible. Those who have attempted the M6 on a Friday will no doubt agree. Wigan are my adopted team, other half is from Wigan area and Wigan fan (sorry for any offense caused). I did offer support for Warrington/St Helens to create a bit of rivalry but I didn't go down very well :-).


Whilst we enjoyed the World Cup I was a real shame that the stadium was barely half full. When watching on Sky the previous Magic weekends, it can look a bit daft with a stadium half full at best. With my team, Coventry going through the worst run in its entire history I know what its like playing in front of a half empty stadium is like but can also vouch for a full to bursting Ricoh Arena. You wont get a better atmosphere, anywhere, fact.

This is a superb opportunity to showcase Rugby League to a brand new audience and the obvious boost to Coventry Bears it could give. Rugby League is a superb sport which should be much bigger than it currently is.

If Rugby League in this country is to grow into the sport it deserves to be gambles like this are needed and Rugby fans need to give full support. Think about it, its for 1 year not forever.


Is the Ricoh big enough, yes. Man City if you think is in Rugby League heartland and even with the recent attendance figures it could have accommodated most attendances.

I really believe after holding the Olympics and few years ago held 'take that' concerts for 3 or 4 days in excess of the 32,000 capacity for Football/Rugby etc we would cope down here.

Work is also to start on a train station on the railway line that cuts right through the site hopefully in August/September which should be complete by May

Welcome and nice first post.


One of the key things for the Magic Weekend is having the warm up pitch next to the ground to keep the flow of games going. Any idea if the Ricoh has this? Only ever visited Coventry once before but not the stadium unfortunately.

#2956167 Todd Carney has been sacked.

Posted by Eldujo on 07 July 2014 - 09:12 PM

So setting fire to someone's clothes while they are still wearing them isn't malicious?  Beating someone up isn't malicious?  Driving while drunk is not malicious?  Get real.  The bloke is a walking disaster and of course he's malicious.  Booze turns some people malicious.


I hope he stays well away from my club and the comp as a whole.  I don't care how talented he may or may not be.

Setting fire to someone's clothes sounds like an act of supreme stupidity. I've been on enough stupid drunken nights out and seen stuff like that but would not necessarily call it malicious, just brainless. Same goes for drunk driving, I'd probably say it's anything but malicious in most cases. Wreckless, dangerous, illegal, worthy of  a jail sentence, yes to all. Malicious means there's forethought gone into harming someone/something and that's what I doubt is the case and is also the problem with Carney, a lack of thinking.


Now whether he is malicious or not, who knows. Never met the guy nor would I like to. Would I want him at my club? Not really. Do I begrudge him earning a living somewhere though, particularly based on his last prank, definitely not. I wouldn't have had a problem with him receiving a really lengthy ban for his actual crimes but for bubbling, nah. If Cronulla say this breaches club rules then fine but this shouldn't stop someone else signing him, regardless of how much they may come to regret it later.

#2956111 Kingstone Press Championship Summer Bash to rock Blackpool

Posted by Eldujo on 07 July 2014 - 07:14 PM

Will the Rugby League fans find quality accommodation in Blackpool?

I heard its full of drunken Hen & Bucks parties and that is all that keeps Blackpool running beyond the welfare element in hotels converted into poor bedsits.

Considering most will be at the games and then out at night if they are stopping over, not sure that the accommodation will need to be that high a quality. Conservatives used to hold their conferences here so there must be the odd decent room about if your willing to spend a few quid. The Open's also held a bit further down the coast in Lytham St Annes so if Tiger Woods can rough it for four nights, I reckon most will be ok to hack it for one. Transport there is good with trams every 15 minutes and plenty of buses going up and down the front so anywhere from Lytham up to Fleetwood would be a decent base if you're staying the night. I think it's something like a fiver for a day travel pass so you wouldn't need to break the bank to get about.


There's been stories here in Manchester about the town centre being unsafe to go out to at night in the local rags but I don't think that's put too many off going to SL Magic Weekend the last few years. Don't think a few hen/stag parties will ruin anyone's weekend although the weddings the week later might leave some happy couples with a few regrets in years to come.

#2952291 29/06/14 - The Kingstone Press Championship Match Thread

Posted by Eldujo on 30 June 2014 - 11:29 AM

I think Keighley should be ok - they were well drilled and pretty ruthless yesterday. Handforth's quality.


Hornets FanBlog match report here>> http://theseladscanr...blogspot.co.uk/ - Warning - it reads a bit like a suicide note...

It was always going to be a tough year with 5 going down. Hopefully heads won't drop too much with safety now looking out of reach.


Silver lining is that CC1 should be much improved next year with a nice mix of expansion & heartlands' clubs plus a couple of derbies with Oldham/Swinton potentially to look forward to. Last year might not have been the best year to be promoted but this year is probably not the worst year to get relegated either.

#2942461 How do you rate Gene Ormsby?

Posted by Eldujo on 10 June 2014 - 02:22 PM

Played for Swinton v Rochdale, was the worse player on the pitch, by far !! But seen him play recently for Wire and gave to say,I've been grudgingly impressed!

You beat me to it. Wouldn't say he was the worst on the pitch but you wouldn't have thought he was about to cement a place in the form SL side at that point. Maybe not all DR players put quite as much effort in when playing for the 'junior' club.


I take it I'll be watching Kevin Penny instead this Friday night. Not seen him for a while.