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#3091846 Rugby league is one of four sports to lose funding from Sport England

Posted by bowes on 20 March 2015 - 07:36 AM

Can't work out yet if this will be a good thing. When I first heard they were giving the money to clubs I thought that was a good thing til I realised they meant the Super League clubs.

#3089034 Pennine League strcuture

Posted by bowes on 15 March 2015 - 02:17 PM

dont know where you get your info from bowes most of it cr ap

No it isn't. Not going to respond further to that as not fair on the other posters here to have a pointless slanging match

#3080748 Clues on Yorkshire Mens League set up 2015?

Posted by bowes on 01 March 2015 - 10:35 AM

Summer can't be blamed for the problems of the game. Look at the number of clubs gone from the Pennine league this season if you don't believe me.


The RFL don't do enough for the amateur game but their resources are spread much more thinly with the cuts in funding. The RFU don't even fund clubs below the Championship these days though so it's not a rugby league issue. The criticism that should be directed at the RFL is the U16s scholarship programme which is very damaging to the youth game.


There are changes in attitudes from players and the game needs to adapt to accept this fact and be less ideological. The game isn't big enough to be split and summer is the accepted view of the vast majority of the game even within Yorkshire (once juniors are thrown in) so with that being the case we need to make summer work rather than ranting about it. If players want to move to bigger clubs we need to ensure the bigger clubs run 2nd and 3rd teams to keep everyone involved. There's a large supply of players of higher end NCL standard sat not being picked by Championship and League 1 sides. If we spread them thinly (no more than 3 per club) we could provide players a place to play, strengthen the league and release the players currently in Championship U23 to the NCL. Better than sticking to 1970s ideological attitudes

#3080294 General Election 2015

Posted by bowes on 28 February 2015 - 12:41 PM

If Miliband wants to start a decent argument, he could do worse than start with housing. The problem is the guy is an intellectual pygmy and since none of his policies, not one, have been properly thought through, he's unlikely to come up with anything meaningful to address the country's housing problem. 

If Labour straight stood on a platform of massive expansion of housing, widespread job creation and raising the minimum wage to £8 per hour now they would get my vote. But they don't they usually do things like creating more managers down the council and give silly sums of money for free to banks at the expense of low wage workers having to pay unreasonable amounts in income tax.

#3079022 Cumbria Rugby league 2015 season

Posted by bowes on 26 February 2015 - 12:55 PM

Only North East left to come out now (apart from some of the entry leagues)


Cumbria League


Glasson Rangers


Seaton Rangers

Wath Brow Hornets A

Barrow Island

Walney Central

Roose Pioneers



Cumberland League

Kells A

Egremont Rangers A

Ellenborough Rangers



Great Clifton Lions

Aspatria Hornets

Salterbeck Storm


Broughton Red Rose


Barrow League


Askam A

Millom A

Barrow Island A

Walney Central A

Roose Pioneers A

Ulverston A

Hindpool Tigers A

#3078918 South Wales league 2015

Posted by bowes on 26 February 2015 - 10:36 AM

Newport Titans
Bridgend Blue Bulls
Aber Valley Wolves
Cardiff City
Cardiff City A
Raiders A

From what I hear Raiders A are last season's Gwendraeth Valley Raiders with Raiders first team being last season's Scorpions U19

My one concern is two Cardiff teams in one league

#3073276 Pennine League strcuture

Posted by bowes on 16 February 2015 - 06:14 PM

Sharlston Rovers have a worse Disciplinary record than Queens over the last 5 seasons and so has Halifax Irish, Illingworth and Brighouse.

Suspect it's a reputation from the past, which is a shame as they by the looks of it have turned a corner

#3071802 New Scottish Club - Bon Accord Bulls

Posted by bowes on 14 February 2015 - 10:01 AM

The game in Aberdeen is definitely big enough for two clubs

#3067642 Question time furore

Posted by bowes on 06 February 2015 - 08:34 PM

You've lost me. What 6 million Jews are we talking about and who's calling for them to be deported?

Anyone who opposes the right to exist of the state of Israel is calling for that. Now criticising the occupation of the West Bank is a different matter or any other area of their policy but to completely deny a country the right to exist is solely anti-Semitic as you wouldn't say the same for Pakistan created at the same time under identical circumstances

#3066220 General Election 2015

Posted by bowes on 04 February 2015 - 03:09 PM

Of course I want UKIP to fail but I also think they are in for a rude awakening based upon the evidence and lessons of history - protest by-election wins are rarely replicated in GEs. The more exposure UKIP receive the more their house of cards starts to wobble. And, it won't be Greens plural it will be Green singular in the shape of Caroline Lucas.

Until Labour stand on a platform that is electable by the working classes UKIP will always do better than predicted. Labour are too keen to be the party of public sector managers to care about their original constituents

#3065914 Question time furore

Posted by bowes on 03 February 2015 - 10:37 PM

If Nick Griffin can be on then so can George Galloway. I have no time for either of their politics (and they're both prejudiced) but they have a right to say it, as long as it doesn't include incitement to violence, and a right to be publicly scrutinised so as not to be made into martyrs

#3063830 East RL 2015

Posted by bowes on 31 January 2015 - 11:41 AM

Shouldn't be too difficult to get 2 more teams of premier division standard with the problems in the London League, the difficult question is could all the other clubs play during the RU season

#3062085 Greece Election

Posted by bowes on 27 January 2015 - 10:51 PM

The Greek government are going to veto any further EU sanctions on Russia. Fairly safe to say where Greece will get a bailout on much softer terms now in exchange for a Russian veto in the EU and perhaps military bases (although Serbia would be another possibility for the latter albeit without the naval potential)



#3061736 Greece Election

Posted by bowes on 27 January 2015 - 11:20 AM

The previous government only care about protecting the Euro and are happy for half of young people to be out of work and for unemployed people to be denied healthcare if it boosts the German economy

#3060941 Greece Election

Posted by bowes on 25 January 2015 - 09:06 PM

What are Syriza's long term economic plans Bowes?