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#3184313 5 potential owners show interest in South Wales Scorpions

Posted by EssexRL on Yesterday, 11:58 AM

Good news. We need a presence in south Wales and the Scorps deserve a committed owner who wants to build RL.

#3183762 Start your Challenge Cup Weekend at London Skolars

Posted by EssexRL on 28 August 2015 - 10:17 PM

Tough close game. Great atmosphere. Best party in rugby league!

#3178915 Start your Challenge Cup Weekend at London Skolars

Posted by EssexRL on 19 August 2015 - 08:22 AM

Its a pain but Skolars are making arrangements including free bus travel from the nearest train station. Details here: http://www.skolarsrl...-travel-advice/

#3178455 Toulouse Olympique Return Confirmed

Posted by EssexRL on 18 August 2015 - 08:06 AM

At current flight prices it will cost me considerably less to watch Skolars in Toulouse than watching them in Wrexham or Rochdale! Got a feeling that the French side might slice through L1 like a hot knife in butter though, but hey will enjoy it while they are there.


Oddly enough on Sunday at New River I sat in front of and talked to a couple of Canadians who were in London on holiday and were fans of RL (luckily we managed to put on a decent performance for them!) They thought there was a lot of potential for the sport in their home country.

#3171419 Anyone want to buy a club?

Posted by EssexRL on 05 August 2015 - 02:07 PM

Fingers crossed. Have a lot time for South Wales.

#3171397 North South Divide. It's time for RFL North, RFL South.

Posted by EssexRL on 05 August 2015 - 01:36 PM

I really don't buy the idea that being clobbered regularly by northern teams is somehow good for the south (ask SW Scorpians) particularly as this is often a result of greater access to players and facilities for clubs in Yorkshire and Lancs. The away support isn't that great on the whole either. A L1 cup, the challenge cup and playoffs would allow access to the wider RL community on a regular basis (you could also have a north v south game featuring the top players).


We have to face the fact that RL is unique in that it is so heavily concentrated in one part of the UK but is so popular in that area that it counts as one of the top five sports in this county. It has no natural roots outside (although they are beginning to grow through the amateur and junior games).


I would see a L1 South as an incubator to allow the sport here to grow and expand. As far as Toulouse are concerned if rumors are correct they will very rapidly be passing through L1. As for Tronoto, if that happens, god knows....! A


I do not though think that the south should be cut off from the north, that's where the cup et al come in.

#3171367 North South Divide. It's time for RFL North, RFL South.

Posted by EssexRL on 05 August 2015 - 12:33 PM

I actually support this idea for L1 with the caveat that at the L1 cup continues with all teams and at the end of the season the top South and North teams play each other for promotion (plus the CC of course). The reasons for this (from a southerners perspective) are:

1) the concentration of the sport in the heartlands means it is impossible for southern teams to access the facilities, players etc that those teams can
2) teams are part time and travel costs expensive
3) we have two leagues already - the southern teams are in the bottom half and the heartland in the top
4) there is no evidence playing heartland clubs are aboost to sponsorship. Skolars owner says we make the most money from the Capital Clash match against Wigan, the Broncos friendly and Friday Night Lights. Maybe it would be possible to get a southern league sponsor.
5) the current system leads to uneven and uncompetitive games. Big scores against non heartland clubs is hardly good news for fans and makes it hard to attract newbies
6) splitting would allow the south to expand bringing in clubs like Chargers, Medway, Invicta and Southampton when they are ready
7) a southern league might generate some short term publicity with local media
8) there is a job to be done raising gates amongst heartland clubs which a northern league might help

As for NWC geographically they are heartland

#3171302 Friday Night Lights Skolars v North Wales - Pre CC Final

Posted by EssexRL on 05 August 2015 - 10:55 AM

As people are discussing the CCF can I do a small plug and remind anyone down in London the Friday night that the traditional Friday Night Lights League 1 game between London Skolars and North Wales Crusaders kicks off at New River at 7:30 on the 28th? There are two matches before the main one and a beer festival.


For clubs like mine struggling on low gates, this match makes a lot of difference to funds so any support would be very welcome. (Get there early though as both Skolars and Cru fans like their beer!)



#3165840 Rumourville: London Broncos to move again

Posted by EssexRL on 27 July 2015 - 09:16 AM

The Hive is an ars@e to get too in if you do not live locally, TBH. It takes me - a train, walk, overground and tube combo from east London. As Skolars were not playing yesterday I would have gone along if the trip was easier. (Trailblazers would be train, tube, tube, train - the plus side is it is a qucik walk from the station).


The problems quite simply are - last year's dreadful season put a fair few people off and the constant ground switches....no club can survive that.



I agree with the above though that as fans we have a role in growing the game. I do wonder sometimes whether we non heartland RL fans like being Outsiders (bit like non league footie fans in London - I was struck when we decamped to Enfield how similar the footie club's fans are) but that would be a whole new thread...

#3157158 11-12 Jul: The Kingstone Press League 1 Match Thread

Posted by EssexRL on 12 July 2015 - 07:28 PM

Mistakes from thunder could of cost us though we got the win we needed,hemel looked very good and caused us problems, crowd was 1027, very happy with that, bring on York next weekend! Onwards and upwards! Boom boom thunder army!

great crowd that

#3154290 Vote for North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair Team - National Lottery Awards

Posted by EssexRL on 07 July 2015 - 04:07 PM

Done, fingers crossed!

#3144740 19-21 Jun: The Kingstone Press Championship Match Thread

Posted by EssexRL on 21 June 2015 - 07:14 PM


PS - As the Skolars were also at home today, I take it you have seen the light and decided to barrack for the London club. The mighty Broncos ;)


You wish! Supporting my local team in a cracking game. Would have come to the Hive though if the RFL had not managed to organise both London teams at home today. Know you need all the support you can get... ;)

#3144606 20-21 Jun: The Kingstone Press League 1 Match Thread

Posted by EssexRL on 21 June 2015 - 05:06 PM

Very good performance by Skolars in first half - injection of four Broncos players helped but generally a much improved team performance. Seemed to tire in second half which was much scrappier all round, although came alive again in last 10 mind. Impressive Thunder support at the New River.

#3141796 London - Super League Night This Thursday

Posted by EssexRL on 16 June 2015 - 08:35 PM

Super League Thursday
@ Riley's Haymarket from 6:30pm

The London Rugby League Foundation, together with the RFL, will be hosting latest third Super League Thursday at Riley’s Sports Bar, Haymarket on June 18.

The aim is bring together Rugby League fans in London to socialise, network and enjoy the game in a great atmosphere. The Castleford Tigers v St Helens Super League match (ko 8pm) will be shown on a big screen in surround sound in the VIP bar upstairs in Riley’s Sports Bar at 80 Haymarket, SW1.

Our special guest this week will be the first:utility Super League trophy! Come down and get your pic with the trophy, and get the chance to win tickets to the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford in October.

There is no entry fee and no booking required, just come down on the night from 6:30pm.

- See more at: http://londonrugbyle...h.7nkVIxfi.dpuf

#3141318 Brighton 9's - 27th June

Posted by EssexRL on 15 June 2015 - 07:47 PM

I might be wrong by I think you have to drive there. It's not actually in or near to Brighton centre.


Looked it up (amazing what you can do with a computer!) Its right on the edge of town - nice venue by the looks of it