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  1. 52 points
    I'm currently writing this from our teams base in Toronto. i know the Wolfpack have got some stick from one league one club, but I can honestly say what a fantastic experience The Wolfpack put us up in a fantastic city centre location, it's the same place where the refs and home team stay, they put on breakfast and a couple of lunches for all the players and staff they paid for busses to take us up to the stadium and train, provided water and gatorade, after the game they provided food and enough drinks tokens to last a lifetime. The whole match day was incredible!!! It's something Rugby League fans will struggle to understand because It's so positive and the crowd was huge!!!!! Our game clashed at the same time as a Canadian Football League game but there was still over 7,000 fans all loving the sport! We have had a fantastic trip and the Toronto Wolfpacks hospitality has been outstanding! Teams should go over and embrace it rather then moan about it
  2. 43 points
    Hello, I'm a first time poster. I was at the game today. Had a great time. I brought my three kids and they all wanted to get season tickets. Canadians don't take the fighting too seriously as it is such a part of Ice Hockey. They have done a great job of marketing it in the local neighbourhood, which is called Liberty Village. With continued success it will expand outward. The only problem was that they couldn't serve the beer fast enough. Everyone was there to party.
  3. 38 points
    It's great to see the game growing in the North East The Alnwick Bears will be launched in 2018 creating the most northern RL club in England In 2017 we seen the creation of Yarm Wolves who started with an u14's side, they loved the sport that much that next year they are already putting plans in place to run U12's, u14's and u16's 2017 seen the least amount of games cancelled and the highest participation rates ever recorded with other 600 juniors playing the game The North East now runs Primary RL u7,8,9,10's, friendlies plus a cup at u12's and full league and cups at u14 and u16 This years men's competition has seen a league of 8 compete and it's all going down to the last game of the weekend between Jarrow Vikings and Wallsend Eagles to decide who will take on Cramlington Rockets in the Final, next year sees plans in place for form a second team league. After the regular season we will again have the third annual North East Origin which will be a 3 game series between the best players North and South of the Tyne! With crowds at Thunder games on the up and the school game booming things are looking bright for the game in the North East Apologies for the positive story
  4. 38 points
    Happy to report that traffic on the website has never been higher than it is now. TRL is independently ranked in the Top 1500 websites in the UK and inside the top 40k worldwide. Considering how many sites there are out there, we're fairly pleased with that. https://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/totalrl.com Not everyone who visits the forum will choose to post on it, so judging popularity by number of threads/posts isn't always an accurate guide, and as has already been mentioned there are a growing number of places on t'internet where people can spout off and not be constrained by the kind of terms & conditions we have in place here. We're proud of the environment we have created on TRL, and we work hard to maintain it, with the support of our forum members. It is a place where foul and abusive language, trolling and the sort of general nastiness that prevails on the internet is not tolerated. If that means we get a bit less traffic, it's a price worth paying.
  5. 35 points
    Thought I'd start a new thread rather than comment on some of the posts in the super 8s thread I was a referee for 23 years in both the amateur and pro games. I can honestly state that in that time neither myself or any of the officials I worked alongside ever cheated any individual or team. Yeah I had bad games, yeah I missed stuff, just like the players do eh? I get more than a bit ticked off when I read on here that"(name of ref) has never liked us" or that "SL don't want us to win anything" There were and are clubs I didn't like but I was professional enough to leave that in the dressing room, just as all my colleagues did. There's one or two on here really need to take a look at what they are saying and at how daft it makes them look.
  6. 31 points
    This thread isn't about you. Please don't try and turn it into a thread about you by goading such responses. Thank you.
  7. 28 points
    Perez seems to think it's possible for the new team to be up and running in League one by 2019. That should just about give Barrow enough time to get their visas sorted out !
  8. 27 points
    Hello Everyone, Seems to be a bit of anti-Coventry feeling. I am the guy who writes articles for Coventry Bears, and am a passionate fan of the game. What I thought may be a reasonable discussion amongst like minded friends turned earlier into a personal attack against me and the job I do (completely unpaid) for Coventry Bears. Some thirty years ago I was a founder member of Redditch Halcyon, and played against Pittville Pirates and other MASWARLA teams, such as Plymouth, West Midlands Police etc. Now as a volunteer I give my time to the Bears. I am not a journalist, and if a missing space between words is bringing the game into disrepute, then so be it!! When writing a preview, I look for the backstory and insight into what is going on. For the Bears v All Golds home game this season, I wrote an article linking the events in Cheltenham in 1908 with Coventry first RL team in 1910-13, stressing the heritage and previous amateur rivalry. This was picked up by Love Rugby League as a story as well as the local free paper and radio. For the recent game, I picked up on some of the issues facing the All Golds to give purpose and meaning to the game, and to generate interest among fans of the Bears who might travel. Should I have just said it was a meaningless fixture at the end of the season? Great. And then when it comes to reporting, I mention things like the weather, the crowd reaction etc., again to give context and flesh to a report. It would have been a lie to talk of a stadium packed to the rafters and creating a cauldron of atmosphere!!! Also, Moscow should note that the reports are not aimed at people who frequent this website or even support other clubs. The Bears have been totally ignored by the city's daily paper and this has brought about a complete rethink of social media and broadcast media strategy. The main outlet for our news is a weekly freesheet circulated in an area dominated by football, and the tone of writing and it's sometimes partizan nature reflects this, and it's target audience to whom we are still introducing the game. We now regularly get half page prime slots, all good for the game. We are building something here which is on solid foundations on and off the pitch. I feel it would be good if volunteers at clubs could get together, learn from each other and move forward. Incestuous, internecine bickering amongst keyboard warriors saps energy and achieves little, which is why I rarely post.
  9. 26 points
    It is just starting to hit home to me how much I loved the 2013 RLWC. This upcoming tournament has the potential to be even better. Of course I am pumped about England (even without a bloody mug) but stuff to warm the hearts of all RL fans must be live games from PNG (so excited for the Wales game), double header in Perth and the NZ, Tonga, Samoa group will be awesome. I simply cannot wait for it all to start. Kid in a sweet shop kinda stuff! I hope that is okay with everybody? Bloke excited about RL tournament thread.
  10. 26 points
    As released on Facebook: THE FINAL MESSAGE FROM THE OWNER Well here it is. The final game as the South Wales Ironmen is almost upon us, and I won’t lie, it has been a tough 2 months. When we took over, the club was in a poor state, with debt, no way of generating revenue, players abandoning the club for one reason or another and, to top it all off, only 6 days to transfer deadline. All that said and done it has been an exciting challenge and I would like to thank all the players, staff and supporters who have continued to make sure the club continues in South Wales. It’s not all doom and gloom though, we have managed to pick up a win and a draw and given some of the young lads the exposure they need to move up a level. These are the positives, however with the positives come the negatives and, with the world of social media, the negatives seem to be more prominent. From the outside, people will have their own opinions about how the club has been run before and after the takeover and what we should do going forward. As with all clubs wishing to improve, the constructive comments will always be taken on board and, where possible, be introduced into the club. For myself and my fellow directors, the staff and players have done really well, doing exactly what was needed to see this year through with zero budget, and that was to give it everything they had and to look ahead to next year, because let’s be honest, they could have all deserted a sinking ship. So now to the positives. Due to the hard work on and off the pitch we can safely say that the club is out of debt and, has even made some profit on our recent home games at Stebonheath. We now have a home ground we can call our own, and at the last game against North Wales Crusader, our hospitality package was fully booked. We have had an average gate of 200 – 250 in our last three games and, while people think that is poor, just remember that we only moved there two months ago, and to top it all off we have already secured some sponsorship for next season. Considering we took the club over with less than 2 months of the season remaining I would say that is a successful end to a season that almost saw rugby league in South Wales disappear. So what next?? Well, we know we have a steep hill to climb to get things back on track. The club has obviously moved to West Wales, almost back to where the journey started, and we have to engage with the old, the existing and the new fans, as well as continuing our work with all the schools that we started 4 years ago. People have different thoughts on this but, for us, it is the juniors and younger players that need the opportunities, and we have to find the balance of young and old . Unfortunately, the club will be rebranded once again, and will pick up the name West Wales Raiders, although this is part of a long term plan that we have put in place. There has been some considerable debate over this but, as the raiders are already established in the West, it is the most logical choice. The Director of Rugby will be working hard to establish the coaching pathways from Juniors all the way to the 1st Team and this will consist of the schools, the colleges, universities and community clubs, and the club will also offer any assistance possible to the aforementioned. The commercial team will be working hard trying to raise the profile of the sport, and gain some investment in the club and the sport as a whole in South Wales . Personally, I think they have the hardest job in the shortest space of time. For the board, and the club, the biggest thing of all is to build bridges with everyone from community clubs to suppliers and, hopefully, try and bring the sport together, oh and of course win a few games along the way. As soon as everything is sorted you will all be the first to know. We hope we can count on your support to help build this fantastic sport of rugby league and put Wales on the map, because I know we have the talent, as the juniors have shown this year. We now just have to make ourselves stand up and be noticed.
  11. 25 points
    Right, This is different to how we do it in England. Last night we went to watch the baseball. 42000 people spending big bucks ( (not on tickets, prices started at 6 dollars. But a bottle of water at the game cost that with beer st 14 dollars a 440ml can). People were not even watching the game they were there in their thousands for the event. They dont gjve a flying fcuk if the players are from Toronto or Timbukto. They just enjoy a sports night out. The Wolfpack are buying into the sports culture of a sports mad city. It is not Batley, Barrow or Bradford. Its a " a whole new ball game". They do not carry baggage. The atmosphere in the ground before during and after the game is DIFFERENT. The party carried on to the Brazen Head, and the to the Love Belfast night club with fans and players buying into the game and the accessibility of the players, match officials and opponents. The only problem they have and I cannot see how it fits in is that they are positive about rugby league and want to accentuate the positives. Before today I thought that the Americas could take the game to a diffrent level. I don't think that now.....I know it!!!
  12. 24 points
    I shall try to respond to as many of the comments as possible: - Let me try and clarify the Manchester thing - The RFL DO see the benefit in having a 'Manchester' club, however, there's no room for Manchester Rangers as it stands or indeed any time soon. They've made it very clear to all, that they see the benefit to the wider game of having the Manchester brand as well as other big city brands as part of the make up of the game, but we don't know how or when this will happen or indeed who this will be. As we see it, unless an existing club re-brands and moves to the city, which in truth looks really unlikely, then their only genuine option would be and should be Rangers. Its currently a stalemate between what they want and what they are willing to do to make it happen and it looks like the sport will lose another huge opportunity. Lets put the Swinton and Salford argument to bed. I've spoken to various members of the Swinton board over the years and they are committed to taking Swinton back to Swinton and the plan is still to build a stadium at Agecroft. The board and the fans are 100% behind Swinton Lions. If anything, they seem to embrace the idea of a Manchester team to play against. As for Salford and Marwan, he's made it clear that he wants Manchester to get behind his club. However, I'm not sure if he's that bothered about a little club like ours parked in the blue side of the city! Anybody with an ounce of sense, will see that the reds of Salford (my childhood team btw) versus the blues of Manchester, could be huge for the game and in time create a rivalry similar to that of the 2 football teams (maybe not to the same scale though!). Lets turn our attention to what we've tried in terms of getting a spot in League 1 or Championship and I can tell you categorically, that we've suggested everything to the RFL, including the option of taking zero central funding during the early days, but we were told that this wasn't an option. Our plan has always been to get a spot purely on our own merit, but as it became clear that this more than likely wouldn't happen, we started to look at other options, one of which I don't mind stating on here as its fairly common knowledge, was the option to merge with swinton and become something like Manchester Lions or a name that would suit the fans and safeguard the heritage of the club, but as already stated, they are firmly and always have been committed to moving back to Swinton and we applaud that. So what do we do that other local teams don't and how do we differ to previous attempts to bring professional RL back to Manchester? Firstly we made a series of pledges to the City of Manchester that we've 100% followed through with and unlike many other clubs, we haven't asked them at any point in time for money to support our club or our ambitions. Everything we do in Manchester is paid for by our directors and sponsors. We've built relationship with our partners on trust and delivering on our promises. We don't treat this as a hobby either, we have a board of professional people with a wealth of experience and huge skill set, these include business people, educational professionals, chartered accountants, sports development professionals and marketing specialists that are involved in the Rangers because we believe that we can add value to the wider game and bring new opportunities to the table to help the sport grow. Even as a lowly amateur club, our partners include Manchester City Council, Manchester Metropolitan university, the University of Manchester, the Manchester College, Eastlands Sports trust and many more. We also have the opportunity to further grow our relationship with Manchester City FC, but this is being held back due to the RFL not having a firm plan on who or what the Manchester team should look like. We have a secure base in the 6,500 capacity Manchester Regional Arena and our landlord wants us there. We also have options in the future to play at other local venues if the club was to ever outgrow the Regional arena. We've started to develop sustainable junior rugby in the city and to say that there are some gems coming through would be an understatement! I could go on for hours..... We also have the one thing that pretty much every sports fan wants, we are actually positioned in a major city and this means that visiting fans can make a day of it or even a weekend away when they come to visit us and also not have to worry about how they get to the ground, as we have a dedicated metrolink station 100 yards away, we are easily accessible by public transport, there's plenty of parking and for those who like a walk, we are only a 10-15 minutes to the heart of Manchester City centre. As for money, that really isn't an issue. We spend as much as or possibly more on our club and community programme than some League 1 clubs and still make a small profit each year. Contrary to popular belief, we receive zero funding from the RFL to run the club, so just imagine what we would do if we were given a pro license!
  13. 24 points
    Man, this must be the most acrimonious message board around. I mean people can disagree but every TWP thread seems to devolve into the same futile argument. RL will work over here or it won't. We're seeing some growing pains but this is only the second game in Canada. Sure, it's not perfect but the potential upside of this venture far outweighs the logistical problems we're seeing. I know it's not a level playing field financially right now but I can't see how RL in the UK would be better off without Toronto. People on the other side of the world are falling in love with your sport, I don't get how that can be a cause for discontent. I live about 4 hours by plane from Toronto and it's Thursday morning and all I can think about is a match in a league I'd never heard of three months ago against a team I didn't know existed in a sport I'd never watched before based on the other side of the world. I do think the league and teams didn't due their due diligence with respect to visas. I'd include Toronto in that since Fuifui had to miss their first home fixture due to visa issues. No excuse for that. This game is a really tough ask of Barrow. Flying across the Atlantic scarcely 48 hours before a RL game is ridiculous. When you're in a league where your players work Monday to Friday, there isn't a way around it though, is there? With injuries, scheduling, visa issues, and travel, I don't think the teams can truly be measured by this game. Toronto missing a couple players (esp Liam Kay) due to suspension takes away from things a bit too (for some reason punching opponents is frowned upon ). It's too bad since I think this is the biggest fixture in league 1 so far this year and everyone would like to see best against best. I for one have really enjoyed following league one. It's a level of sport where the teams are connected closely to their community and the players are playing for the love of the game. I don't mean to come across as crass but if this TWP thing bothers you, you can relax. They will be in the Championship next year and this fun league can go back to its lack of coverage and attendance figures more befitting a wedding than a sporting event. As for the game (about which I believe this thread was started), I think both teams will be highly motivated and it should be a lot of fun to watch. I think a better rested and healthier TWP team will prevail though, especially in the final 20 min. Still, if I've learned one thing from watching league one, it's that professional or not, these guys give it their all for the full 80 minutes regardless of the score. Hoping for a real "ding dong" encounter as they say on the league 1 show. I'm not sure what that expression means but I kinda like it.
  14. 23 points
    Longhorns RL, from Meath, have been awarded a place in the 2018 Challenge Cup, reward for winning the all-ireland title this year. Well done to them. Been a long time since an Irish team has taken part in the cup.
  15. 23 points
    First post on the forum. I'm a long time RL fan from Cambridge, Ontario.. about 60 miles from Toronto. I was transferred to Aus, and I lived in North Sydney, NSW about 20 years ago and got addicted, and really missed it on our return to Canada. My wife and I went to 5-6 Wolfpack matches this year, and are excited about the move up, as well as the new signings.
  16. 23 points
    I attended Saturdays game Wolfpack vs Oxford. Atmosphere beforehand at the Brazen Head pub was electric, chock full of fans in their new gear (me included) brought 11 with me all loved it. Met the guys from both teams after the beer tent and all said the experience totally rocked. Long live RL in Canada!
  17. 22 points
    Rugby League goes Primal FOUNDED IN SEPTEMBER 2015, SOUTH LONDON SILVERBACKS ARE ALL SET FOR THEIR COMPETITIVE DEBUT IN 2017 AFTER 18 MONTHS OF CAREFUL PLANNING... SILVERBACKS' MIKE FARROW TELLS THEIR STORY. "After the Beckenham Bears had fizzled out due to moving out to East Surrey, the goal was to return Rugby League to the borough of Bromley and start afresh with a new branding and a new approach. The Bears had been successful to a point, but the club had never been able to put down real roots and had tried to run before it could walk - we felt that the club hadn't done itself or its players justice in the preceding three years. So the new committee put together a plan of action which excited players and administrators. The only spanner in the works was finding a suitable home. After an exhaustive search and two false starts, our self-imposed deadline for 2016 expired and we decided to put off starting until 2017. Shortly afterwards, our first choice ground became available at Club Langley in Beckenham. The delay proved to be a blessing in disguise as it allowed us to really get our ducks in a row. We have landed a highly-experienced Director of Rugby League in former Wigan Warriors player, Nigel Wright, whose depth of knowledge just astounds us. Our landlord is also incredibly supportive and views this as a multi-year project. We've already become part of their long-term plan, which is really encouraging. We have a contact book of great players who all just want a home ground to play at - ultimately, we're very positive about the season ahead. Pre-season starts on the 8th of February at 7:30pm Club Langley, Beckenham, BR3 3SR. We plan to start playing pre-season games in March with a home-and-away fixture already set up against the Sussex Merlins and we are also in the process of arranging a fixture against North Brussels Gorillas of Belgium RL in early May, which is an exciting and encouraging fixture for both of us." Any new players, no experience required, should report to Club Langley; 2 Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham BR3 3SR every wednesday at 7.30pm For more information, visit slsilverbacks.com, contact slsilverbacks@gmail.com or drop them a message on Facebook, search: South London Silverbacks. Welcolme to the Troop
  18. 22 points
    That is the greatest post I have ever heard. I assume you are a fan of a 140 year-old club who has had almost 20-years of central SL TV funding, in a town where no major football team exists. Yet despite this have no stadium to play in and struggle with crowds. How much time do Wakefield and other clubs need to develop?
  19. 22 points
    For me any club that doesn't pay debts in administration or obviously if they are liquidated should start at the bottom tier. I am a Bulls fan. However it is what it is now. We are in this predicament whether we like it or not. For me we need the bash to come and go quickly. .People are asking for the board to speak to the fans yet Green laid down some tripe for two years (and I was taken in) and look where that got us. Personally I will be there no matter. I 've been there when there was 1500 pre Bulls, was at KR when we nearly went down in the early 90's. Saw us stuffed 71-10 in THAT semi-final. I enjoy it. It's my game and my club. I can still take highlights out of Sunday. Peltier's strong return, Mik Oldeski having a photo with our lad but apologising for the performance, "Veteran" Johnny Campbell being near enough player of the year so far. If we go down so be it. (although I still don't think we will!!). But if we do Oxford away and Gloucester away don't sound too bad for a stop over
  20. 22 points
    Move it to Olympic Stadium, only open the bottom sections until two weeks prior, discount tickets heavily to try and shift them in last few days and annoy everyone who bought early, then when a record low CC Final crowd of 32k shows up suggest moving it up Loftus Rd for the following year. Longer term vision to get it to Mount Pleasant.
  21. 22 points
    Yes it was, and yes they did. It's been raining enough to cause localised flooding over here in the last few days and I know some of my work colleagues had been intending to go but backed out because of the weather. So the Barrow game should be better. Lamport Stadium had said that only tickets for one side were available - the stadium holds 9,000. The East side filled up and they had to open the West. They put half a dozen craft beer tents along the North end and they were packed all game. Simple math says that the announced crowed of 6,280 was legitimate. A great showing considering it was freezing cold. I've followed league since my early days (long time ago) in Salford and then as a STH at the London Broncos in the Stoop & Brentford years before moving here to Toronto. Sure, this is new, but I think Eric Perez has to be congratulated for his vision and unrelenting effort in getting this team playing. OK, so we're seeing blowouts every match and that's my biggest concern - will the crowds keep coming in this first season if there's no real opposition (Barrow could be interesting on the 20th though). Once we make it to the Championship then we'll start to see real competition. Funny how I can't get a vision out of my mind of grumbling men in snugs all over Lancashire & Yorkshire muttering darkly into their pints about "it's not right". Well, if accents at yesterday's game were anything to go by there's a lot of transplanted Northerners over here who want this to be a success, who do know the game and who are going to look at what they saw yesterday and feel very hopeful and enthused. There's a lot of Canadians who don't understand it also, but who loved the physicality, the speed and handling skills and yes, they loved the scraps. They're used to that in hockey and while it's not something that's ever going to have a legitimate place in our game, it energised the crowd and got them on their feet. Sorry for the long-winded first post, but I wanted to put this out here. Well done to the Wolfpack, the entire organisation, and to the RFL for taking this opportunity. I'm under no illusions, there's a long, long way to go but so far, so good.
  22. 22 points
    ...you choose coffee from Papua New Guinea when shopping purely because it is the national sport.
  23. 21 points
    As an Oxford season ticket holder I would suggest this isn't a merger - if it happens - but a new club being spun as one to cover up the embarrassement of losing two expansion clubs. I doubt many - if any - of the key club shareholders at Oxford would be involved. Playing wise it makes some sense. Both Oxford and Gloucestershire have players based in the area whilst the South Wales based players are likely to live closer to Bristol than Lanelli. As such you may get a better side out than those three have managed, though I'd still expect day tripping northern lads to be required. In every other way it makes little sense to do this now. Straight after the Cook Islands v USA perhaps but now? Dings RUFC are just opening a new ground outside Bristol they have been RL friendly, a possible base? What I would say is that this is not being talked about at Oxford or, according to an All Golds season ticket holder, there either. If Bristol are planning on playing in 2018 they need to be quite advanced in their plans now or they are setting themselves up for failure yet there is a real lack of substance to these rumours. Multiple sources at two League One clubs have told me that they do not expect compulsory line up changes for 2018 but think there might be for 2019. However I did first hear about this from a club official at another League One team with a good track record of tip offs. Who knows what is going on. If it does happen the RFL need to use the money saved in central payments to fund development officers in Bristol, preferably with one able to spend time in / around Oxford and Cheltenham to support the work underway there. Put simply if this happens the RFL need to support it properly and stop sticking pins in maps of the UK where they want a club so Nigel can announce RL is spreading and then do the square root of nothing to support the clubs, bar central funding which really doesn't go very far.
  24. 21 points
    You dont have to read them. If someone is so enthusiastic they want to post a thread good on 'em. Carry on ojx post what you like!!!
  25. 21 points
    Just seen this on the BBC. Of course the ground share should be stopped. It's ridiculous. Hull City should pi** off and find their own ground, after all, they get millions from SKY for their kickabouts.

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