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  1. So where do you think we will finish ?

    Ah, I love this time of year when supporters are flushed with bullishness at their teams' prospects for the new season! For what it's worth KOL, I think you have got the right teams in the top 4/5, plus Newcastle ... but not necessarily in the right order! I don't subscribe to the theory that Bradford are going to walk away with this division, and as for us, we've a lot of new players coming in so we must expect it to take a little time. Some of our new lads I know nothing about but I take encouragement from the fact that as new signings have been announced, no-one - including supporters of teams we've signed them from - has come out and said we've signed a donkey. So now for your next challenge ... what will the first choice 17 be? OK it's difficult until we've seen everybody, but I expect the first match proper to have a line-up something along the lines of Watson Gill Mvududu Chappell Foggin-Johnson Grimshaw Southernwood Haley Lee (if he gets fit again) Nicholson Straugheir Mallinder Mackay Subs Flanagan Reed Coventry + any of about half a dozen; Sanderson, Flynn, Foster, Ashton, Gibson ...
  2. Bradford ?

    Come on, there's no way the Shield is a dog bowl. If you'd won it yourself you'd have quite clearly been able to see ... it's a tea-tray
  3. Bradford ?

    Fancy finding you on here winding them up KOL!! Know what I'd like to see, Hunslet and York finishing 1st and 2nd (in that order of course), ahead of Bradford in 3rd! (or 4th, or 5th ...)
  4. Grimmer is back

    Been an open secret for a few weeks (I had my suspicions when I saw Suzzy logging on here again!) and you'd have to look hard to find someone who doesn't rate him at Hunslet. Welcome back Grimmer and yes let's get him at stand-off working the left side, there's a potential dynamic link up with Foggin-Johnson. Interesting question as to who to partner with him at half-back, Sanderson, Southernwood or Tyson-Wilson, that's a key decision for Thornton to work out! Have to say the division looks extremely competitive this year, for the first time since we were relegated there are no 'foregone conclusions', and the Yorkshire clubs in particular are looking strong. It feels like we're spending wisely and hopefully we have the coach to bring it all together into a winning team. Looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds!
  5. Cain the first of many?

    I'm reserving judgement on the earlier signings but I like this one. Straugheir has caused us trouble on numerous occasions at Sheffield, and York before that. Also wise recruitment policy, targetting an area of the team where we were second best almost on a weekly basis last season. Interesting times, and hopefully as more signings come on board fans who were expressing doubt towards the end of last season will be won over ...
  6. Shield

    I'm not going to lie, the Shield competition hasn't really fired up my interest, the whole feel of the competition has felt more like a succession of 'post-season friendlies' ... I haven't even been to all the games! But I have enjoyed the final two matches and it was good to see some happier faces after such a poor season. Some better performances yesterday from players who finally showed a glimpse what they are capable of, Mackay and Walton particularly. Having said that it's pretty clear improvements are going to have to be made, I like the look of the front row that finished the season but for many other areas of the pitch it's a case of 'must do better'. Looking back over the season's results there's only a handful of games I can actually remember and can claim to have enjoyed ... Barrow, Doncaster and Toronto away, Newcastle at home and then these final two games. On the other hand ... York at home, and Newcastle in the cup ... Oxford, Crusaders and Skolars away ! TBH it feels like the whole season has dragged on too long ... but here we are finally in the close season, and if the rumours are to be believed it could be the most interesting close season for a few years! I'll be watching on with interest ... Well done to all on the victory yesterday.
  7. sssshhhhhh

    Quite simply, a waste of time, money and fossil fuel. Less than 48 hours on and already the 'events' of the first half have disappeared from my memory - apart from a daft attempt at an interception (which of course failed) giving Skolars a walk-in for a 6-0 half-time lead. If the second half was more noteworthy, it was purely because of the gormless play! It's fair to say Ansell has his critics, and yes some of it may be justified and maybe he deserved dropping after last week, but the ineptitude and impotency of the half-back play on Saturday had to be seen to be believed - it was almost a liability! Since Thornton came in we've seen mass changes on a weekly basis; the list of players suddenly appearing/disappearing/re-appearing reads something like; Hayward, Brierley, Norfolk, Leeming, Nathaniel, Cook, Gibson, Ansell, Roberts, Fawden, Haley, Hesketh, Carbutt, Kenga, Nicholson, Normington, Walton, Williams, Mackay - plus Webb who we know has gone to the Student World Cup. Obviously such lack of continuity affects team performances but if the idea is that Thornton gets to look at the whole squad and potential recruits for next year then by know it will be crystal clear to him that improvements need to be made, all over the pitch. Can't even say we're favourites for this mickey-mouse Shield thing we're going to have to play in now - as I see it we are likely to finish 11th now (completely unacceptable) and Crusaders and Skolars for a start are clearly in better form. We'd better hope some of the rumours doing the rounds over the last month come to fruition otherwise quite frankly the future doesn't bear thinking about. As this thread was very kindly started on our behalf by our York friends it seems an opportune moment to wish them all the best in the Super 8's - bearing in mind 8-9 months ago they had neither a team or ground for 2017, to achieve a top 4 finish is a creditable achievement and shows what can be done in a relatively short period of time. Something for us to look to emulate then?
  8. Hunslet 56, Coventry 24

    In one respect I suppose it doesn't really matter if we finish in the top 8 - in reality there's no chance of winning promotion from 7th or 8th. But surely we'd all be rather playing the Donnys, Yorks and Barrows in the Super 8s, rather than the Hemels, Coventrys and South Wales's? Not to mention the ignominy of failing to make the 8 ... but that is now certain to happen to one of the traditional clubs - either us, Workington or Keighley. Of course Bradford ought to be relegated, but if it ends up that they aren't it should make for a genuinely level competition in this division next year with two open promotion places to play for, which is not what we've had for the last two years with Toulouse and Toronto in it.
  9. Hunslet 56, Coventry 24

    We did indeed play well at Barrow and Toronto - but between those two against York, we played like a pub team ourselves. And Sunday was borderline in terms of whether we would have beaten the teams around us in the league. So it's all down to which Hunslet team turns up. At least they know exactly what they need to do and can't use lack of motivation as an excuse ...
  10. Hunslet 56, Coventry 24

    So 80 points in 80 minutes, but how many were down to feeble defence rather than good attacking play? I 're-scored' the game with what I consider 'reasonable' defence and came up with 32-6! Don't suppose we should moan much when we get 50, but it didn't actually feel like a good performance ... OK in parts, but still it seems we can't play for more than about 20 minutes without collectively knocking off for a quick nap. Nobody stood out as having a particularly good game either, one part of me hopes that part of that is due to a lot of team changes over the last few weeks, but tbh I'm not too sure! So we are left with two awkward-looking games at London and home to Newcastle and we need to win both to finish in the top 8. Hmmm, could be close ... think my money's staying in my pocket
  11. So who's going to Toronto?

    Not sure I can match that for loquacity Kayakman, but yes it was one of the more memorable days in Hunslet's long history! Toronto have been blowing away most teams in the first 40, so to hold them to 22-12 at half-time with a far from full strength team was a fantastic effort, it was always going to get away from us in the final quarter as we began to run out of steam on a hot sunny evening. Thought Reed, Coventry and Wilson were excellent up front, we found a few holes in their defence and of all the players missing one I would have liked to see most was Gibson, whose craft might have got us another try. Still top, top night and great to have both sets of players and fans mingling by the beer tents after the match, there was nothing but positivity in tbe Canadian night air! And the Torontonians do seem genuinely curious and eager to learn about our game. And of course WELL DONE to the 100 or so Hunslet supporters for their magnificent efforts in coming for this game. I know the players were blown away by it. Meanwhile the 'bread-and-butter' league matches return next week and we need to step up to the plate, nothing less than 3 wins from the final 3 fixtures will do now.
  12. So who's going to Toronto?

    It's only being so cheerful keeps me going And I am wondering I'll be able to get bread and mucky fat sustenance in Toronto ... might have go with the 'healthy alternative' of maple syrup
  13. So who's going to Toronto?

    Using that logic Josh, Sunday afternoons at about 3pm would be a very good time to find all of us out of the house for a couple of hours I am going, but can only afford to do so by living in abject poverty, in a house with no contents, and eating bread and dripping morning, noon and night As for the score ... play as we did against York and we get beat by 80. Play as against Barrow and Workington and we keep it 'respectable' (which seems to be about 40-50 when playing Toronto ...)
  14. Today's game

    Not a lot more to add really is there! Two teams out there, one of which turned up with the attitude "if we perform like we have the last couple of games, we should be OK", the other one "tough-looking away game on paper, but if we turn up with our A-game it's one we can win". There's only ever one winner in those circumstances. Inconsistency (or it is attitude?) seems to be a major problem this season. Yesterday it seemed only Gibson had his 'game-head' on and nobody seemed capable or willing to read him. Haley managed a few worthy solo drives in the second half but the number of players who were anonymous was unbelievable - I found myself looking at the team-sheet after the match thinking "I didn't think he played"! Hats off to York who, in the first 40 at any rate, were the best side we've played this season. So Toronto next then? Hmmm. Lucky we've got a week off beforehand to "prepare" eh! ... (Thank god we've still got a sense of humour ... haven't we?? )
  15. Barrow away

    Yes it was a good performance, in the first half especially, the highlight begin an amazing intercept from Gibson dummying, fending and side-stepping over 90 metres then giving Ansell a walk in under the sticks. BUT for the fifth time in ALL FIVE league defeats, we come away saying it was a game we could/should have won. Count 'em ... - 2 April, after 70 mins - Doncaster 24 Hunslet 24 (lost 29-24) - 14 April, after 65 mins - Keighley 12 Hunslet 12 (lost 20-12) - 30 April, after 70 mins - Hunslet 18 Whitehaven 18 (lost 18-19) - 14 May, after 75 mins - Oxford 20 Hunslet 22 (lost 24-22) - 3 June, after 70 mins - Barrow 20 Hunslet 20 (lost 28-20) And I don't think it's a fitness thing - more a mental thing and lack of game management. But whatever, it has now cost us several places in the league ladder. And you can add (in-)discipline into the mix for this one too, Hesketh's reckless challenge getting the red card he deserved, and finishing the game with 11 men with Flanagan sinbinned for arguing on Barrow's final try. So the closing stages are what Thornton needs to address as priority. Thought the shape and balance of the team looked much better already on Saturday, Watson looked happier in his old role coming into the line at pace from full back, and Gibson back in the team saw the ball moving quicker and with much more purpose. Hopefully a sign off better things to come for the rest of the season then ...