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steve wild

Member Since 07 Jun 2003
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In Topic: Mid Season Assessment

24 July 2015 - 04:38 PM

Using this model, if we were to win all of our remaining games we'd finish 1st.

In Topic: Mid Season Assessment

23 July 2015 - 09:30 PM

If Toulouse join they'd become a de-facto northern club, giving the northern sides 22 matches (16 games against each other, & 6 v the southern teams).

The southern clubs would play all but one of each other 3 times, plus all the northern clubs once (also 22 matches).

So still full home & away fixtures for the "northern" 9 clubs, & every team still plays each other. Plus southern teams would have 13 fixtures against each other rather than the 10 at present.

Well that's the theory ! Lol

In Topic: Mid Season Assessment

23 July 2015 - 05:03 PM

There was a meeting of League 1 clubs recently at which the fixture format was discussed.

1- Swinton made the point that all the northern clubs should be playing each other home & away. (Highlighting the York situation especially).
2- The southern clubs said the current format was not helpful to their development (heavy losses, small squads, leading to yet smaller crowds, injuries, lack of growth).

3- The RFL agreed with both perspectives, but also felt there had to be "cross-fertilisation" as the development clubs need a benchmark to aspire to, & a 4th division is not an option.

We have therefore submitted an idea which I believe covers all bases (bearing in mind 22 games is considered the maximum, for good reasons I might explain on another post!).

1- All 8 northern clubs play each other home & away, plus 3 of the southern teams at home & the other 3 away (20 games in total).

2- The 6 southern teams play each other home & away, plus 4 of the northern clubs at home & the other 4 away. They also play an additional 2 fixtures against each other based on a southern ranking system.

Result :-

1- Legitimate league table at top end, enabling champions to be promoted (with 2nd to 5th play-offs).
2- Every team in league still plays each other.
3- Southern clubs have more games against each other & are not over exposed to the northern clubs. They could even have their own trophy based on final ranking positions (a 1st v 2nd final for example).

Not saying it's perfect, but most areas of concern are covered under that system. There is positive discrimination towards the southern clubs under this system, but that's probably what is needed.

An alternative idea of splitting the league in half after a full round of 13 fixtures is also being floated, but I believe that creates a number of anomalies.

The clubs meet again in early August.

In Topic: Mid Season Assessment

21 July 2015 - 07:48 PM

York are guaranteed a top 5 place, because they have 6 or 8 points start on all of their main rivals. The team that comes 6th will feel a little aggrieved.

In Topic: Best player so far

07 July 2015 - 05:30 PM

What we do have is a great team spirit. I was really impressed to find out that the lads had organised their own team meeting before training last week, because they were so disappointed with the result at York. This without any prompting from the coaching staff. They are desperate to be successful for the club.