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#3264964 Skolars v Broncos

Posted by EssexRL on 31 January 2016 - 12:03 PM

20-28. And yes it was disappointing. I thought we were getting a foothold after the second quarter,but we didn't kick on from there. That said lets see what happens when the season starts.


True but compared to what we were watching last year I thought it was a real step change - some nice interchanges and few errors. I was not really worried about the result - not sure how much teams put into friendlies. Real test will be against Scorps next month.

#3264654 Now we have a mushy pea deal

Posted by EssexRL on 30 January 2016 - 07:32 PM

Sorry to hear the Dorset Cereal and craft beer deal didnt come off.

#3264648 Skolars v Broncos

Posted by EssexRL on 30 January 2016 - 07:27 PM

Blimming cold. Around 500 there. Competent Skolars performance although we lost.

#3261281 League 1 predictions

Posted by EssexRL on 23 January 2016 - 10:24 PM

Obviously I am bias but on the basis of the end of year performance, new signings, better facilities at New River and more intensive training Skolars will exceed expectations. Agree Scorps will surprise. What about Newcastle and Coventry? Would like both to do well.

#3258535 Sam Tomkins guest of honour at Cap Cha

Posted by EssexRL on 16 January 2016 - 12:05 PM

It's a long way to travel from Liverpool to London for a knock about reserve game
There is nothing scenic about the HAC cricket field unless you like looking at high rise office complexes. Of course there is the novelty of it being played in the middle of London

Might not be scenic - although there is a lot of intersting architecture nearby, not least the Barbican - but you got to love the idea of rugby league being played in the heart of the global finance system!

#3257974 Magic Weekend wins major North East award

Posted by EssexRL on 14 January 2016 - 05:47 PM

"Permanent Home" ? I think London should get a couple of Magic Weekends. I like the idea of the Emirates Stadium or Olympic Stadium.
Having the 'Magic Weekend' in London would be a real new world for this event.

Much as I would love to see MW in London, I do think it needs to be in Newcastle for a couple more years. We need to build RL in the NE as much as we do in London. If they perform well on the field there is excellent potential for good crowds at Thunder. MW can only help that.

#3257843 Interesting comments by Blake Solly about More SL games in London and the So...

Posted by EssexRL on 14 January 2016 - 12:00 PM

While it is good all the Bronco teams are now based in one place, as has been said before the move to Trailblazers - from a fans point of view and the profile of the game in London  - is a real step back. As the picture shows it does scream 'amateur' and is a location that it is really hard to get too unless you are a local. I know the club has done some local profile raising activities and there is a massive housing estate across the road from the ground but really how many locals will turn up? It would take a good three hours plus each way and numerous tube, train and bus combinations to get there for me from east London so I almost certainly won't make a game next season (it could actually be quicker to get to some away games for me). This is a shame as the squad is looking good. Having been to Trailblazers I have to say the facilities inside aren't bad although are unlikely to rival the forthcoming New River beer festivals!


I fear this season (assuming we play ok) Skolars will have better crowds than Broncos.

#3257360 Hello from Kent

Posted by EssexRL on 12 January 2016 - 08:58 PM

Welcome and don't forget you have Medway Dragons and Kent Invicta playing the amateur game in the garden of England (I lived in Sittingbourne for 15 years and there were a few Bronco fans there)

#3257147 Interesting comments by Blake Solly about More SL games in London and the So...

Posted by EssexRL on 12 January 2016 - 12:54 PM

Anything that can show case and promote the sport, any where, is welcome. A marketing and publicity campaign even a fraction of what NFL spend would be amazing.

'Event' games have a place. Clearly international games down south attract local spectators who do not watch league games. SL games in the Medway towns have attracted good crowds (Kent via Invicta and Dragons must be a target growth area). Laying solid foundations will have to come through building crowds at clubs like Skolars. Part of that will require raising the profile of the game in the south but we also need successful clubs at all levels. Frankly I stopped bringing friends and families along to New River last season because of the results on the pitch.

Regardless of the resources avilable what we desparately need is a joined up strategy which includes fans and clubs.

#3256185 Todays big match.

Posted by EssexRL on 09 January 2016 - 06:07 PM

Fantastic that over 1200 people turned up

Really hope Thunder perform next season to draw the punters in.

#3250668 London Skolars and the development of White Hart Lane stadium

Posted by EssexRL on 23 December 2015 - 09:08 PM

Firstly it seems self evident that we should be able to build the sport of rugby league in London and the south moee generally.
Secondly RL has a number of bases in London - Skolars in their 21st year being one of them
Thirdly there is no marketing of the game in London. Its not a question of spending millions but about working with theclubs to let people know the sport is played regularly.
Fourthly Skolars and Broncos need to deliver on the pitch.

As an aside its a shame there is not a London friendly over Xmas.

#3240238 Top Southern Club League 1.

Posted by EssexRL on 27 November 2015 - 05:07 PM

What do these entail.

We have had nearly three years of rebuilding work including the bar and changing facilities at New River. Its not been great but will be finished for the new season. We will then have a really excellent ground.

#3235645 Skybet League 1 outright winner odds.

Posted by EssexRL on 17 November 2015 - 07:28 PM

There's a set of odds that says "we don't have a clue who's going to win"!

Indeed! Will put a couple of quid on Newcastle with those odds... 40/1 for Skolars seems about right!

#3230677 NZ series ticket sales latest news

Posted by EssexRL on 09 November 2015 - 08:21 AM

In future I wouldn't but all the signposts and all the stewards sent people through the centre. Maybe you knew the area but most people went the way we were told

Sadly I know Westfields well and the choice wasn't given to go any other way than through the shopping area when we arrived at 2:30pm. As someone else has posted I certainly got the impression from shops and shoppers that people were interested and impressed with the crowd and people's behaviour (I wonder what it will be like when West Ham play there!?) The woman in M&S where I bought my tea was very complimentary. She told me she went to her first 'rugby' game last March and loved it. Sadly it turned out it was union but I gave her one of the Broncos/Skolars leaflets and told her she would like RL even more!

#3230664 2015 it's been a pretty good year for Rugby League so far?

Posted by EssexRL on 09 November 2015 - 07:46 AM

I should also add London Skolars celebrating 20 years as a club not only surviving but in many ways thriving as a club in London.