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  1. Good News

    Visions of grandeur and a set of rules set out by the rfl concerning grounds and facilities which have applied to all member clubs except Wakefield and Sheffield it seems. Maybe if we hadn't played by the rules by investing in the ground instead of players for all those years, we would be where Wakefield are now and have those visions of grandeur? It was an absolute joke that you passed the first SL licensing process, never mind those following it. Then despite several warnings to relegate you from the top flight unless the ground was sorted out, and umpteen empty promises later that it will be, you are still allowed to play in SL despite no improvements. Please can you explain how you got away with it? Recent success you say, 1960s, crikey if we're going back that far we might as well include our 3 challenge cup wins, it's as relevant. It is because of instances such as keeping you in SL, that the RFL is seen as a laughing stock and this game is a minority, parochial sport and not the national treasure that it should be.
  2. Wakey friendly

    6th is possible, but it would constitute a really good season. As Halifax finished in the top 4 last year, they are probably favourites to take 6th in most people's eyes. However, they didn't frighten me last season, given there recruitment this season, Halifax do not look unbeatable this time either. But we have to do better than we did last season against the teams above us and complete with them, as well as beat all of the teams below us twice. Something we failed to do last season. I guess we'll get a better idea of how we will go after the first 3 league games.
  3. Wakey friendly

    I think 7th is a pretty fair assessment tbh and it's where I expect us to finish if we have a decent season. The 4 full time teams should be much better than us and a class apart. Of the part timers, Featherstone have spent far more on there squad than either us or Halifax, they might even edge London out of the top 4. This leaves us and Halifax looking to finish 6th and 7th at best. What are your expectations Phildog?
  4. Wakey friendly

    All the forward pack looked good, Tomlinson, Ward and Holland all look decent acquisitions and would not be out of place in the starting 13. Crookes and Cowling were really firing in whilst defending, Ainy had a good game. The halfbacks were poor first half but got better as the game progressed, Scotty rock solid at the back, like he'd never been away. All round a decent display, we were just forcing impossible passes and trying to play a bit too much football at times which resulted in lots of errors and blown chances.
  5. Wakey friendly

    I agree with you, you look to have some pretty good lads there, they just struggled physically but I'm sure that will come with age. I fully expect and look forward to seeing a few of them plying there trade in the Championship over the season on dual reg.
  6. Wakey friendly

    Lots of the players Wakefield have included, will no doubt be farmed out in this division on DR throughout the season. Some of them will no doubt be better than some of the players currently residing in first team squads within our division. Therefore, I do not understand why you would feel they are disrespecting us. Would you rather see us get thrashed by there first team, similarly to what happened to Halifax last week? What would we, or they for that matter, learn from that? You seem to be suggesting tomorrow will be some sort of massacre, I will be very surprised if it is. It is a chance for Trinity to try some of there fringe players against a really good standard of opposition, to see if there younger players have any chance of making it in the top flight. It gives us the chance, to put in to practice what we learned from Boxing Day and in training. It also gives the coaching staff a rare chance to see what Wakefield have to offer in terms of fringe players, whom we might be in the market for during the season should we get any injuries. Admittedly, some of the players may not be up to standard, but given that most teams have disbanded there 2nd teams, including St Helens, Hull and Warrington recently, Wakefield's fringe players are going to get very little game time or opportunities to prove themselves out on the field. In essence, tomorrow could be the only chance lots of these players will ever get actually playing for Wakefield, so they are likely to give it there all, in order to give themselves even a sliver of hope of ever playing for the first team. Personally, I'm really looking forward to it.
  7. Wakey friendly

    double post
  8. Lewis Gailbraith

    Could we get Rob Massam too, he's always shone against us
  9. (Will It Be A) Happy New Year

    A pretty fair assessment there BSJ, however this doesn't make for good reading regarding your Rochdale prediction. There are rumours of players being asked to take a 20% pay cut too. http://www.hornetsrugbyleague.co.uk/article/50668/club-statement Having said that Halifax did okay, maybe Rochdale will do the same. I'd go for. TWP Leigh Toulouse Fev London Halifax Batley Dewsbury Sheffield Rochdale Swinton Barrow
  10. Moan heavywoolen

    Whilst I do not agree that making complaints in the press is the best way to put their points of view across. It is very hard to argue with anything either Diskin or Kelly have stated. It is completely crazy that teams within the same division should have such a disparity in funding. The £500k parachute payment handed to Leigh on top of the £750k for losing the MPG doesn't really help matters either. I thought it was a little strange at the time, for Beaumont to make the statement that it would be bad for the game if Catalan were relegated prior to the MPG. His magnanimity in defeat also seemed quite out of character, it certainly contravened everything I had seen, read or heard about the bloke. With hindsight though, all becomes clear, I can see why he was so gracious in defeat, a £500k sweetener must have offered a pretty sizeable amount of comfort during the "Jeopardy" of potential relegation.
  11. 2018 Squad confirmed

    I thought Brambani was a bit under par too, but I figured he was playing in his trainers, he certainly didn't seem to have any studs in his boots to stop him from falling on his 'arris. Having said that, his kicks resulted in two tries and a 40-20, on balance not a bad return, considering he was not at his best.
  12. Todays game

    ROLE & POWERS OF ON FIELD OPERATIONAL RULES TRIBUNAL D2:2 The role of the On Field Operational Rules Tribunal shall be to adjudicate upon all matters of On-field discipline relating to a Person Subject to the Operational Rules referred to the On Field Operational Rules Tribunal by the Match Review Panel referred to below and also all cases in which a Player has been referred to the On Field Operational Rules Tribunal by the Match Review Panel following a dismissal or "sin-bin" in or relating to Matches and games played in the Reserve or Academy competitions including but not limited to friendly matches arranged by Clubs who have membership of any of the above mentioned organisations. Your guess is as good as mine as to when it came in, but I would suspect the incident will be reviewed. If Dewsbury were Wigan or Leeds it would be a sin-binning sufficient no doubt, but you are not Wigan or Leeds, so I wouldn't be surprised to see a ban. Just because Brown didn't maim Gledhill doesn't mean the intent wasn't there.
  13. Todays game

    Brown's intent, is what reminded me of Farrell's. Given the fact he shot out and jumped to hit Gledhill. What was he aiming to connect with going in like that? Was it the chin, throat or head? If he was aiming for anything lower, then surely he wouldn't have needed to jump like that? It will be interesting to see if the incident is reviewed by the disciplinary panel and what they make of it. Just because Brown doesn't have the far superior skill levels of Farrell, and he couldn't hit a cow's backside with a banjo, doesn't mean he should get away with acts of outright thuggery.
  14. Todays game

    Brown did himself no favours, it reminded me a bit of Farrell's at the end of last season. Both rushed out of the line and jumped to hit the man with the ball. Admittedly, Farrell was more accurate with his attempt and subsequently got a big suspension, but the intent was no different. It wouldn't surprise me if he gets a couple of match suspension for it. From the video, I haven't seen the punches Gledhill threw either, so I'm not sure what Ned was bleating about.
  15. Boxing Day - any hope?

    I was just posting along the same lines. I thought Dewsbury's forwards might have started to dominate once Rowe, Brown and Manning were taken off, giving Moore and Sykes a chance to take control. However, the new lads looked more than a match for their opposite numbers. Which begs the question, where will they fit in to the squad once Lillicrop, Day and Farrell are back.