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#3011773 11/10/14 - SLGF: St Helens v Wigan Warriors KO 6pm (TV)

Posted by marklaspalmas on 11 October 2014 - 06:53 PM

Saints limp over the line. One reason why Wigan lost.

#3011634 11/10/14 - SLGF: St Helens v Wigan Warriors KO 6pm (TV)

Posted by marklaspalmas on 11 October 2014 - 05:08 PM

That was disgraceful.

#3011513 RFL confirm points structure for 2015

Posted by marklaspalmas on 11 October 2014 - 11:33 AM

Absolutely right and I never say this but something we nicked from funny onion , gasp!

Like most things on posts and themes within posts it's hard to get a real discussion about the actual issue because people bring their upset to the tablerather than a cogent argument. The question remains about the bonus point and would it help the every minute matters marketing strategy as much as would it keep games in themselves more interesting? 

Like most debates it has involved a side with a bias such as " I don't like the idea of rewarding losing!"  but is there any evidence that games within a bonus system are more keenly contested than when win loss draw are the options? If there is it would be good to see it and make a decision based on something more than a bit of prejudice. 


Amen. There's about five (six?) years of evidence that can be examined from the championship. Ive seen no stats on how it's affected scores, league tables, etc. and I suspect no such study has been done. It's just been dropped. It's a waste of time introducing such things if they're not going to be studied

#3010409 Leigh Centurions sign Greg Worthington

Posted by marklaspalmas on 09 October 2014 - 11:16 AM

Thanks to Greg for four good years at Fev and good luck to him in the future.


Disappointing for us, as he was one of our better players and had improved during his stay.


He'll be replaced. His loss is another player's chance.

#3007857 Sam Burgess (merged threads)

Posted by marklaspalmas on 05 October 2014 - 01:54 PM

The game will miss Sam. But Sam will miss the game more.

#3007645 05/10/14 - Souths Rabbitohs v Canterbury Bulldogs (NRL Grand Final Match Thread)

Posted by marklaspalmas on 05 October 2014 - 08:47 AM

Feel sorry for Sam. IVe had a depressed fracture of the cheekbone and its very uncomfortable. I didnt try to play a GF just after I did it either.

#3006868 Message from Newtown Jets in Australia

Posted by marklaspalmas on 03 October 2014 - 03:00 PM

We need to beware of promising looking youtube clips!


However, Ryan and Sam are coming over with good raps. Hopefully they'll settle down quickly on & off-field and show us what they can do.

#3006769 Message from Newtown Jets in Australia

Posted by marklaspalmas on 03 October 2014 - 10:45 AM

Received this mail this morning:

The Rhino bows out on a high note from the Newtown Jets.


The front-rower colossus and Henson Park cult figure Ryan Verlinden ended his five-year association with the Newtown Jets in fine style at the club’s 2014 Presentation Night.

Popularly known as “The Rhino”, the affable giant won the prized Fred Daly Memorial Shield, awarded each year to the Jets player deemed to have made the greatest all-round contribution to the club in that season. Verlinden not only played the most NSW Cup games for Newtown in the recently completed season, but he was noted for his positive contribution to the club’s activities off the field as well. He scored some memorable tries in 2014 and was a great favourite with the denizens of the Henson Park Hill, who took a great liking to his buffalo-like charges and his ability to scatter opposition defences. Henson Park’s loss is West Yorkshire’s gain as Verlinden has recently signed a two-year deal with the English Rugby League club Featherstone Rovers. Those flint-hard characters who follow the famous Rovers are sure to become fans of the big fellow and his midfield surges with the ball.

#3006498 02/10/14 - St Helens v Catalan Dragons KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by marklaspalmas on 02 October 2014 - 08:42 PM

Forget the ref, this hasn't been the best of games at all. Instantly forgettable.

#3003090 Fev Prop Steve Crossley: What RL is really all about.

Posted by marklaspalmas on 26 September 2014 - 01:55 PM

Steve Crossley's been with us two years and given his all in the front row.


He's off to Cas next year. A career move I'd never make, but it's his decision, and I think he's got what it takes to make Super League.


His parting gesture to the club.....




Good man. Good luck in the future.



#2995467 And the Cricket County Champions are?

Posted by marklaspalmas on 14 September 2014 - 07:21 PM

Yes and no. If he's not good enough now, he may still be at some point.




In a selfish way, to have lads like him, Johnny B, Brezza, etc. on the fringe of the test side but not quite there is perfect for Yorkshire. And as I said previously, they more than pull their weight when it comes to producing international players.

#2991775 Sky Sports forced to apologise to St Helens and their fans

Posted by marklaspalmas on 09 September 2014 - 07:20 PM

Mine in the 46th post on a thread about a total non-story.


Cas Vegas is ace. Pass it on.

#2972800 Gloves

Posted by marklaspalmas on 07 August 2014 - 08:57 AM

I remember Ronnie Gibbs wearing them.


And Peter Shilton.

#2968568 Cricket - England v India

Posted by marklaspalmas on 31 July 2014 - 12:41 PM

Monkey/back removal completed. Let's hope we can push on from here.

#2968067 Cricket - England v India

Posted by marklaspalmas on 30 July 2014 - 12:29 PM

Yes, as NS says, you just sit there for hours waiting. Impossible to warm up, apart from walking to the middle. In an extraordinarily long stand, the next man in might get switched just to give him a break. But there has to be someone padded up watching and waiting.