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Now we've got the real squad ( ) we can see that Snitch and Roche have knocks, still no sign of Jack Coventry struggling with a hamstring and no Sam Day. Perhaps that means Sharp will start the season using Davies as interchange AHB?
My line up would be....
Kyran Johnson Michael Channing Ian Hardman Scott Turner
Kyle Briggs Anthony Thackeray
Darrel Griffin Matty Wildie Jack Ormondroyd
Jamie Cording Tim Spears
Subs: Andy Bostock Luke Cooper Bradley Tagg Misi Taulapapa
The current test match was always going to be won by the side that batted first. England players went in for their second innings and just swung their bats. The pitch had degraded so much that, sooner rather than later, a batsman would face a ball that would deviate sharply or bounce abnormally.
IVe always considered that swing-the-bat-cos-sooner-or-later-you'll-get-an-unplayable-delivery to be an appalling excuse for some terrible batting. Any test cricketer using that line wants disgarding.
Quite simply Mark, to many people have no interest in the game below pro/semi pro level and only assume what the standard is like. I am sure that if more people attended just one game and witnessed the competivness and effort the player's exhibit then they would very often return.
The standard, especially at the top of the amatuer game is supberb in both the regional leagues and the conference, ball handling, big hits, speed, fitness, good coaching are all there for a couple of quid entrance, and when you consider that they do this for nowt they should really be recieving better attendances.
Readers of these pages do yourself a favour, if you don't, give your local amatuer team a go, you won't be disappointed.
Absolutely. Not just the standard, which is always admirable, but from a marketing perspective. It's the same sport but from a different angle. There are plenty of sports fans who feel no connection with the premier league but love all these 'human interest' stories about the dustman-turned-centre-forward when the FA Cup comes round. Rugby League is FULL of these stories too outside the top flight. It's what's good about the Challenge Cup, not the later rounds.
Politics is a real mess thanks mainly to the arrogance of the established parties and the failure to understand the people and what they want. The problem we have now is that often we have often a couple of parties trying to run things and often seem to be to busy fighting each other and ignoring the wishes of the people.
That's certainly the story in Spain. The PP (tories) and PSOE (labour) would normally get up to 300 of the 350 seats between them. This year they've got 120 and 90, with the two new parties picking up 70 and 40 each (rough numbers). Short term it creates a bit of instability, people genuinely have no idea who will pact with who and how. Medium/long term maybe it's no bad thing that every single person in politics bucks their damn ideas up.
One of Featherstone Rovers' greatest ever players, Joe Mullaney, has died this morning.
Sharlston born Joe was stand-off at post office road from 1953 to 1964 and was the star of a great team that established the club's proud Cup fighting tradition in the late 50s and early 60s. He played in four Challenge Cup semi-finals but was destined to never reach Wembley.
As half-back partner to his great friend from childhood Don Fox he won the Yorkshire Cup in 1959 and was also capped by England.
In many ways he was the perfect rugby league player. On the field he was talented and skilful, he was also brave and hard working. He won the respect of many illustrious opponents and was loyal to his local club. Off the field he was modest, humourous and polite, a true gentleman.
Condolences to his family and may he Rest in Peace.