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Les Tonks Sidestep

Member Since 05 Sep 2003
Offline Last Active Jul 30 2015 09:07 PM

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27 July 2015 - 08:17 PM

Playing a season without a settled pair of halves and with some shocking rugby played at home made the results of other clubs largely irrelevant.... We just aren't good enough.
Batley did us a huge favour or 5th would have gone West n'all....


I still think funding for next year is decided after the 8s - and don't 5th and 6th get the same anyway?


It would take a massive upset to drop out of the play off places (even with the way we are playing!) although I could quite easily see us dropping another rung on the funding scale.

In Topic: Money for next year - better or worse?

24 July 2015 - 02:16 PM

I know we got a boost with our finishing position last year in terms of central grant etc. How much better or worse are we than last year finishing 5th? Is it true we could get some money for topping this group of eight?


Sheffield saying they are going full-time was surprising to hear so I assume they will get a big boost in central funding?


We haven't finished '5th' yet.... AFIAK funding is determined by position at the end of the 8s and that 1st and 2nd get the same amount

In Topic: Players gone

21 July 2015 - 12:52 PM

When you say "let go" should we infer that those players wanted to stay?


Some of them certainly did.......

In Topic: Who is at fault ?

14 July 2015 - 06:59 PM

Tony Smith has expressed his unhappiness that many young players at SL clubs will effectively end their season in 2 weeks time and get no further game time after that.

Part of the problem is the DR rule for the middle and lower 8s which says that at the point of the split a player has to be allocated to either his parent club or their partner club and this can't be changed afterwards. He can only play for one or the other. They also must have played a minimum of 3 games for the partner club to be eligible.

However, SL clubs are also partly to blame as they do not want to send players out just in case they have an injury crisis as they wouldn't be able to recall them.

Of course, if we still had a reserve team system this wouldn't be an issue, but as things stand dozens of players are going to be not playing from 24th of this month (the registration deadline). That is a shocking state of affairs really.


The fault lies fairly and squarely with the clubs who decided to get rid of the 'reserves'.

In Topic: Fev spit the dummy

12 July 2015 - 10:49 AM

Well he's got 3 games to prove himself, we make the top 4 he will be a hero, we dont it will have been a massive mistake and the fev forum will be in meltdown. Mass amount of pressure on him already.


A hero in the same way as Hay for guiding us to 2nd last year? As BtJ said, it's like stepping back in time....