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Member Since 06 Feb 2006
Offline Last Active Aug 18 2014 07:50 PM

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In Topic: The Fat Lady has sung...

17 August 2014 - 07:38 PM

Today was similar to many of the previous games this season when Black was injured. The effort was excellent but the Batley team lacked the quality and leadership to win/see out the game after what was a good first half display. 


With Whitehaven needing 4 points from Rochdale at home and Swinton away I agree the fat lady is waiting to burst into song.

In Topic: 3 point deduction.

15 August 2014 - 02:08 PM

The best Batley could have have hoped for. First job for Batley next season read and understand the rules of the competition.

Doncaster have also been given a 3 point deduction and will be appealing. I am assuming this appeal will not affect Batley's points deduction. 


Got to expect(with the way the seasons gone) Whitehaven to win at Sheffield with Sheffield getting the bonus point so basically its win or relegation for Batley on Sunday. 

In Topic: Unity needed

15 August 2014 - 12:26 PM

Batley need to make changes now and in the close season on and off the field i.e communicating and keeping supporters informed , setting up a scouting system to scout the amateur game ( to name two). 


The first change I would make next season is the brand of rugby Batley play. I want to see the club move away from the mainly five drives and a kick rugby and play a similar style to Castleford or Warrington. I would also look for a fullback who can kick the ball which would open up the chance to kick more 40/20's especially when playing downhill at home. 


One of the positives for next year which could help Batley is with the Super League having relegation and being more competitive.The Super League clubs will have to loan out/release fringe players which should result in more players being available to Batley.


Hopefully the club are already trying to find out which players are being released at the end of this season by the West Yorkshire based Super League clubs and maybe offering some of these players a trial/opportunity to train with the club in the close season. 

In Topic: Insipid and inept performance

13 August 2014 - 04:23 PM

Martin and Faal would be the first two players I would be crossing off at the end of the season.

In Topic: Oh dear

06 August 2014 - 05:35 PM

To be fair we would have won either way against Sheffield. The result should not make a difference to the punishment. Batley and Doncaster have committed the same offence and should be punished accordingly.

If not we could judge the punishment based on each players performance on the day with respect to that of his team-mates.

Ridiculous is the answer.

Fairbank made a big difference to the Batley team at Sheffield and without him it is difficult to say if Batley would have won the game. When Halifax beat Swinton easily in the Challenge Cup in 2010 and played an ineligible player they where kicked out of the tournament and Swinton progressed to the next round. I would not be surprised if the Sheffield v Batley game is replayed or the result reversed. Lets hope Kevin's got a good reason/defence next Thursday for playing Fairbank.