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  1. Funny enough I clocked up over 1000 posts a couple of years ago, only to have mysteriously dropped to 476 again!! I thought the Leeds team had more first team experience in it than what they usually send; Sutcliffe, Keinhorst, Lilley, Walters, Handley - plus plenty of Championship experience (Baldwinson, Aston ...)
  2. Yes that was a reasonable performance I thought, a few daft mistakes but plenty of good signs and positives sprinkled across the 80 minutes. Thought Ansell looked pretty good actually, as did Normington and Reed, good to see Broughton and Wilson back in the fold but after a cracking opening quarter Wilson left the field never to be seen again Of the new lads Whitehead, Webb and Gibson all showed promise, need to see more of the rest of them. All in all, several grounds for optimism though
  3. Looks like you may be right KOL, seems the RFL have lost patience with Bradford after three administrations in five years and kicked them out of the league. Which in theory should mean they would have to join again from the bottom. If that happens they might put Toronto straight into the Championship, or not relegate Whitehaven, or put Barrow up. An interesting situation then ... As well as the Lazenby Cup on 15th January the other regular pre-season Friendly at Featherstone has been arranged for the previous Sunday, 8th Jan.
  4. Never mind the forum name ... I was beginning to think the whole forum itself would be taken offline through lack of use!! Looking round we are still Hunslet Hawks in several places that the club has no control over, from Wikipedia to other team's fixture lists, and the Hawks badge in particular is still very much in evidence. It will take time. Moving on, at the moment I feel much more optimistic about the 2017 season than for some time. Generally speaking the right players from last season have been retained, and the downward spiral the club has travelled since about half-way through 2015 seems to have been reversed. Much depends on the new coaching team and set-up, but at the moment I see no reason to see why we shouldn't be pushing for a place towards the top end of the league, certainly we should be capable of bettering last year's final position. The season starts on February 19th I believe but no pre-season games announced yet, hopefully we'll hear something about that soon.
  5. Game and a half that was, wasn't it? And no doubt about it, Toulouse got out of jail. I can't help wondering what might have happened if on that long final kick downfield, instead of the ball taking a sharp right into the post allowing the winger to gather and run at a broken defensive line, it had ran on straight and dead. It would have been a tap 20, we would have been able to set a line and another 20-30 seconds would have been used up. Not to be though ... All 17 players - all 34 players in fact - can take massive credit from the most gripping game of the season. The kicking game in wet conditions caused no end of problems with Ansell looking a different player these days, and Normington and Mvududu, as at York, doing damage down the left. Looks like we are finishing off the season strongly, it looks like it might end too soon for us though, sadly I can't see us making the play-offs with the fixtures that are left. Massive well done to all concerned for Saturday's efforts.
  6. After an enforced absence when I must have missed more games on the bounce than the last 5-6 years put together, I didn't go up the A64 with much confidence yesterday after what I'd been hearing. So yes it was a pleasant surprise to see the team put on a dominant performance which appears to have come somewhat "out of the blue". And leading the plaudits was Ansell, as we all know he gets some stick sometimes but yesterday he looked class throughout, from chasing down his own kick to give us the lead, through to the drop goal on the final hooter. The new-look right side seems to be clicking with Johnson and Sanderson looking dangerous in the first half, and the forwards, especially Normington and Coventry, always seemed to make good ground. Must make a nice change for Flanagan to come on when we're actually already on top, rather than having to come on and change the face of the game!! But well done all round, only trouble is, looking at the table and the fixtures left to play it is probably too little too late. It looks like we'll have to beat both Toulouse and Rochdale in the last two fixtures to have any chance of making the top five and a shot at promotion ...
  7. I see Skolars - two points ahead of us and only slightly better points difference - play Toulouse, so you'd have to think that if we won we would pass them. Lose though, and we will probably finish behind Newcastle and possibly North Wales, if we lose by more than about 10. So win and we probably come in 7th, lose and we could be as low as 10th ...
  8. How do you know? I've not seen anything that explains how the home/away fixtures are arranged in the Super 8s - other than teams finishing 5th-8th play three home and four away...
  9. Not if we win our two games against South Wales and North Wales they won't - they are on 9 points, we are on 12 but they have one game in hand.
  10. I thought the same when I saw the news about Duckworth ... that we've basically given up on promotion this year and have recoiled once again into 'survival mode', which seems to be a part of the natural cycle of things at Hunslet. It's like starting all over again (again). And I do find myself wondering how many times we can keep going round that loop. Hunslet RLFC in the 21st century seems to exist as a curious anachronism, playing to a community that effectively disintegrated nearly half a century ago. Back in Victorian times, the club was founded and quickly grew on the basis that it served a community that was quite distinct from the rest of Leeds; it was the industrial heartbeat of the city, with a hard-working and large local population; people were born, grew up, worked, played and died in the area, and were proud to do so; there was a endless supply of local players. So it's fair to say that the club's strengths 133 years ago have definitely become its weakness. Today the only entity of any note with 'Hunslet' in it is Hunslet Hawks RLFC! And I'm sure very few people - certainly no-one under 40 - would consider themselves 'Hunslet rather than Leeds' - in a non-RL sense of course And therein lies the unique and impossible dilemma for our club. Other clubs struggle and go through tough times; York, Oldham, Doncaster, Rochdale all quite recently, for example. But they all carry monikers that mean something to over 100,000 people living locally who can identify with the name. Where it all ends up is anyone's guess ... but eventually, the Laws of Natural Selection have a horrible way of kicking in! It's only being so cheerful keeps me going ...
  11. A fair effort yesterday, probably the best since the Salford cup game (which seems an eternity ago). Took advantage of some York errors for a well-deserved half-time lead and with a little more concentration and better game management could have taken the points. Defence over 90 yards of the pitch was excellent - I'm struggling to remember a clean break by York - unfortunately the remaining 10 yards close to our line proved our Achilles heel, which is where every one of York's five tries came from. Looked a bit sharper with the ball too, and Reed's superb offload for Watson's opening try, then scoring one himself, were key features of the first quarter when we took a 12-0 lead. Despite the game ending in defeat, I enjoyed it much more than any game lately, higher in intensity than what we've witnessed recently, and plenty of commitment and passion from both sides (too much at times in fact!). And Bootham Crescent generates so much more atmosphere than I can ever remember out at Huntington. In the meantime, I'm sure it will have passed no-one by that we have now played all the other six 'established' teams in the league (I include Toulouse in that) and lost to every one of them ...
  12. Let's be honest - another game we'll all have forgotten about in a few days. I was going to say at least the defence had tightened up this week but the last few minutes put paid to that too! It all seems to be a bit of a toil at the minute - whether that's playing or watching tbh And whilst we never were in any serious danger of getting beat, I'll wager more of the same at York next week will produce nothing other than a bit of a hiding. Thought Watson was a bit more like his old self yesterday, Haley and Reed OK in the pack, not much else caught my eye at all. If the limit of our modest ambitions is to make the top 8 then I would imagine we've achieved that, probably one defeat and three wins from the remaining games looks like seeing us finish this part of the season in 7th/8th. Time to start saving up for a trip to Toronto next year then ... ???
  13. Hmmmm, so if we don't make the top eight then, we will be playing for the "League 1 Shield" ... quite possibly the most valueless and irrelevant trophy ever competed for in professional sport! I don't believe we have a hope in hell of winning promotion tbh, but surely to god we should be capable of avoiding the indignity of playing for the "League 1 Shield" ?? :unsure:The London Skolars match is (marginally) more important than I thought now! It doesn't say whether the Super8-style fixtures will be the reverse of the fixtures played in the regular season. It ought to be, but I don't see how it can be, because that might not give you the required number of home and away games for this section of the season. I await to see what happens with vague interest ...
  14. I'm sure I read somewhere at the start of the season that when everybody has played everybody else once (10th July) there are another seven fixtures, along the lines of the Super 8s we had in the Championship last year. Otherwise it seems incredibly early for the regular league season to be ending. The playoffs then come after that. Anybody confirm? Also how will the extra seven fixtures be determined? Presumably a "selection" of the reverse of the fixtures that have been played in the first half of the season (so we could have Gloucester at home for example, and Toulouse away)
  15. So maybe Bramald does read this forum after all then?!?! Thomas recalled to the half-backs, and Flanagan also back on the bench. Just what we'd all been asking for wasn't it? ... Well here's the punchline ... it didn't really make a lot of difference! Although we were generally in control throughout, it was another unremarkable performance that again had me thinking wouldn't have seen us beat any of the top six. In fact after 25 minutes or so we were losing this one, but at this stage the heavens opened and thankfully we seemed able to deal with the change in conditions much better than Gloucestershire, and the tries to Faal and Flanagan we scored in this period were key to winning the game. The second half we huffed and puffed and both hookers were sent off after a set-to at the play-the-ball. We were able to close the game out without much danger, but with the teams largely cancelling each other out. Few stand out performers in all honesty, Faal took his tries well but we created few clear-cut chances. The left wing side of Barnett, Mvududu and Normington was unusually quiet yesterday. Think a week off might have come at a good time, plenty of work to do before the Skolars match which is now a must-win if we are to get into the top half of the table.