Yep, clean sweep for the Dogs in the friendlies producing unbridled optimism for the real stuff that lies ahead.
If theres one thing we Batley fans know, its that optimism is for fools and people who dont know any better - i'll leave it open to interpretation which forum members fall into these categories.
The results of the friendlies are of no interest to me to be honest, im looking for a bit of cohesion and hoping we start to look something like over the next 3 games so we are ready for Workington on the 15th - plenty of encouraging signs on boxing day so hopefully we will have built on the good things we did in that game.
it is nice to know that we now have a game almost every Sunday for the forseeable future - anyone know how much it is in on Sunday?
The problem with Championship 1 is the geography of it - not only do clubs have to contend with trying to attract fans to third tier rugby, they also have little chance of attracting many away fans due to the sheer distance of some of the trips every other week.
For a semi pro competition it is absolutely crackers - The RFL need a serious re-think, maybe having 2 competitons below super league that feed into the super 8 phase, split into north and south or east and west would be far more workable IMO.
Expansion is great, but all the current format is doing is killing off interest and eventually the clubs themselves who play at that level.
You lads down at The Hawks aren't alone in your worries for the season, I'm not as convinced as some of my fellow fans here at The Mount of our improved chances this season. They tell us that the squad will be stronger but I don't see it, especially with the way every other team, yours included, all seem to have brought in a few names, whereas our new guys are of a sameness, but as they say, let's get on the field and see how it goes. Regarding Brown, I thought he was decent on loan for us last season, and I know he was on Kear's radar at the beginning to come from York with Scott but went to Halifax where I thought he would flourish, but like a lot of Fax fans I felt that Harrison really lost his way last season and didn't seem to have time or patience to let Brown come on, aided I feel by a loud section of their fans who couldn't wait either. As it seems that he will be guaranteed a good run as one of your top signings, he'll do well for you. I can see you doing better than you think, as I think you could have a better season than Whitehaven at least. Brennan has promise up front, he didn't get a chance with us last year and like Fax fans, some of ours got on his back from the start, Mauny will see you around, and the grapevine has it that Walmsley from Fev could end up with you, as he's not on Fev's retained list. Not great with the ball but can tackle.
Brennan is an average league 1 forward at best. Was never fit at Batley and was found out, he had plenty of chances before JK got rid of him.
Hunslet is fast becoming the Batley retirement home again, and unfortunately i can see a year of struggle for the hawks.
As for Batley, the players we have signed are of good quality, and if we gel, we will have a good season.
I dont get peoples fascination with signing 'names' as most cone on big money and never deliver in the part time game.
Was talking to a friend last night, Leeds Beckett university and Huddersfield Uni both apparently do sports marketing degree courses.
I think its worthwhile the club getting in touch and seeing if the students fancy some volunteer internship \ work experience - they would surely jump at the chance of the experience and it, would be a great benefit to the club and look great on their CVs.
Although a huge majority of the duties that coincide with running a small semi professional club constitute "voluntary" presently, I feel a volunteers team needs establishing.
This team will be fan based obviously and id imagine very rewarding whilst helping the club we love.
A simple database or list of - names contact numbers skills and availability.
How about a thread sticky with kn posting duties to be filled weekly
We have BISSA for the squadbuilder, the supporters club for the club shop/away trips etc, maybe setting up some kind of supporters committee for advertising and marketing the club could be the way forward?
A committee of fans who can dedicate time to get round the pubs and clubs, the local events, town centres etc on a weekly basis with flyers etc, using the mascot outfit as well.
Buford back to my point are you able to email Iro to be Battler if required or give time probably at weekends but maybe during week to help promote Club?
Thanks Kevin, i served on the BISSA committee for a few years and unfortunately had to give it up due to work / family commitments and at present out of work i barrly have time for myself.
I still pay into BISSA, buy a season ticket, a shirt, travel home and away, sponsor games with my friends, attend club events and am a supporters club member, at times during the summer my following our club could lead to divorce, but im sure you'll agree as a fan i cant do much more and perhaps as a fan of a professional club shouldnt be expected to do.
Been appointed head coach at the All Golds. Another step up the ladder for him. He has always seemed to get the best out of any team he has been associated with and I wonder if he will be the next number 1 at the Mount when JK calls it a day?
Lets see how he fares as a head coach first Fred, different kettle of fish to being a number 2 and i imagine it will be a tough baptism down at Gloucester for him.
If we have learnt anything as a club since the Thornton era it has been that the value of having an experienced head coach in chatge at this level is crucial.
If and when he calls it a day, id like to think we would push the boat out to get a coach of similar standing to replace him.
There are so many to honour if you think about it - great names from the past like Wattie Davies, Frank Gallagher, Henry Oulton, London Dick the first ever cup winning coach - we could potentially run out of things to rename after people!
I'd personally love to see a memorial wall or a monument at the ground, with the names of past players, coaches and great names
associated with the club engraved on it, something like that near the memorial garden would be a really nice addition to the club.
Unless you are going to pull someones shorts down and fellate them on field or go even further, theres not much chance of catching it - theres probably more chance of a player dying from malaria from an Aussie import whos arrived via the middle east, and thats never happened has it?
Some people really are thick.
HIV is only transmitted via blood to blood contact, and does not survive outside the body so short of deep throating an opponent while you have a gaping sore in your mouth theres little to fear.
I appreciate Featherstone is a tiny pit village, but you lot surely arent this naive and have some experience of life outside of it, other than away games? This isnt the dark ages.