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  1. French Magic Weekend

    Barnyia guessed correct with his local knowledge - the crowd today looked smaller than yesterday - maybe 400, mostly home Carcassonne support. I enjoyed the ASC v Albi game - it was fun to be amongst a vocal, partisan crowd as their team came from behind to win. Most ASC fans stayed on for the 2nd & final game of the weekend. I liked how the teams were matched up with their nearest rival in the league table which made for 4 of the 5 games being very balanced, competitive games. All were enjoyable. One: Lezignan v Limoux, was very good. But I particularly enjoyed TO's win - they are clearly a weak team but they showed guts and dermination to get back into their game and win. Hard to dislike the magic weekend - it had sunshine, beer, steak & fries sandwiches and Rugby League - but it lacked the feel of a special event. The cup and championship finals are better occasions - better presented and better supported. But, back to Yorkshire tomorrow - I'll miss this!
  2. French Magic Weekend

    I was at magic weekend today. Carcassonne's stadium is smart, the weather was beautiful and all 3 games were at the very least interesting to watch - but crowd numbers were low. I counted only about 150 for the 1st game (TO V Palau), maybe double that for St. Gaudens v Villeneuve. The stadium filled up and was more vocal for the final Saturday game - Lezignan v Limoux - but I'd be surprised if there was more than 1,000 in. I thought the crowds would be bigger given the proximity of these towns to Carcassonne. (But tbf I bet there wont be more than 1,000 in Blackpool's ground when my side Dewsbury play Batley in our derby at the Summer Bash). Walking round the town earlier I found very little publicity for the magic weekend - just one poster in a bar and a feature in La Depeche. Hoping for a bigger crowd and better atmosphere tomorrow when ASC are at home.
  3. 2018 Kits

    Hope not.
  4. Going to Toulouse

    trainline.eu is a good website/app for investigating rail travel and online advance booking of tickets. Its the european arm of the UK Trainline operation. I often use it. Rail travel London to Toulouse will be expensive - around £250+ return. Skyscanners is a good website/app for checking flights. There are flights direct to Toulouse - but also to Carcassonne and Beziers - both lovely towns and on the train line with a short journey to Toulouse. Return flights could be anything betwen £100 to £200. Bookings.com is good for booking hotels - with the option to cancel at no cost. There is lots of choice and quite affordable. Personnaly I avoid the area between the train station and Bd de Strasbourg which has a bit of a reputation - and stay closer to the centre. There are OK hotels around Place Wilson, but also spread around the centre. Alternatively there are a number of hotels near the airport which are handy for the stadium at Blagnac. Both the airport and Blagnac are a little out of the centre on the west side of the river, but easy to get to by public transport. Blagnac itself has a quiet, small local centre with a couple of decent bars and restaurants. Hope that helps a little. Watching RL in France is one of life's pleasures! I saw the reports about the attacks on the Swinton fans - which was sad and disappointing - but generally Toulouse feels safe. I've been a number of times following Dewsbury and England and had a great time.
  5. Woods gone

    I have come across RR in a professional capacity ....and it is hard to imagine a more pompous, limited person - I can't see a scenario where RR enhances his position in RL - This really is the opportunity for a clean sweep and to get competent administrators in to post. Fingers crossed for real change.
  6. On today's evidence (v Fax), Catalans look an average and nervous side - but as could be expected of a SL side against a Championship one they had a bit too much strength and organisation in defence and pace in attack, and 'Fax had too little of either despite a good opening 30 mins with plenty of possession. I don't think Catalan will be relegated - but they do look vulnerable and could be beaten by HKR. I heard the altercation involving McNamara a little late even though I was sat only a few rows in front - I couldn't say how it started but the language/behaviour certainly wasn't what you would want at a game. I would say however that I was impressed by the Catalan's players after the game taking the time to sign autographs and have photographs taken with kids
  7. Dewsbury Faithful Sponsorship Latest

    I wasn't able to get to the Swinton game so couldn't hand over the cash - so propose to drop it off in an envelope at reception (as some others have done) before the Bradford home game - is that ok?
  8. Dewsbury Faithful Sponsorship Latest

    A brilliant idea. Happy to contribute. Apologies - I'm a bit late catching up with this topic. My next available home game will be Bradford on the 10th - please let me know what I need to do to hand over cash. Cheers!
  9. Six out of ten ????

    Ha! ...you certainly deserve credit for the optimism/vision that you showed back in May ....and Kelly deserves immense credit for not only turning the club around, but creating in a short space of time a new team that not only competes but also plays attractive winning rugby - I really didn't believe that would be possible. I enjoyed Sunday's game v Sheffield massively for just the feeling throughout that we had a chance to win. Rams are by no means the finished article, but Sundays are now so much more enjoyable. ....now, if Kelly could just get Sykes to keep his gob shut ....
  10. London (A)

    I've said on this forum before that the Trailfinders ground is neat and perfectly adequate for Championship level - and it is one of my favourite away trips - but I agree Broncos would need to locate elsewhere should they get back into SL simply due to capacity. I'm surprised though that you think it a nightmare to travel between central London and ground: A Sunday journey takes just over 1 hour from/to Kings Cross with lots of options. Between Ealing Broadway and the ground there's a number of different, frequent, quick bus routes, or an easy 30min walk (with decent pubs to visit). There's lots of different journey planning phone apps you can use to help. I just wouldn't want anyone being put off following Rams down there because they got the idea Broncos was a nightmare to get to. The only nightmare is the £12 day travel card - but the journey is easy.
  11. London (A)

    That was a poor performance. Rams were on the back foot from the start, admittedly against a strong London side. A Broncos supporter I spoke to said Rams were better and more committed than Halifax from the previous weekend - but there was little positive I could take from the game. It could be argued Rams kept going in attack to score but they were undermined by poor choices and poor control of the ball and I agree with CF that the defence really fell off with some woeful, half-hearted "tackles". I must say that I really enjoy a visit to Broncos - a neat ground with good facilities and very friendly staff and supporters.
  12. Lezignan double choke

    Slightly off topic - I went to the Finals (from West Yorkshire!) and thoroughly enjoyed Narbonne, the event and the 3 games I saw (Juniors Elite, Elite 2 & Elite 1). It was great that the event was presented as a festival with games inside & outside the stadium. The crowd could have been bigger during the day, but the stadium filled up for the final game. Special mention for Villefranche Aveyron for having the most numerous, colourful & fun supporters - Pleased they won their final. As to Elite 1, I thought Limoux deserved their win. To my eyes they are not as talented as Lezignan and had a simpler game plan - but sometimes its great to see a team that wants it, win it. Limoux tackled ferociously and drove the ball up bravely. They did tire and Lezignan could have won, especially in extra time - but that Marginet "kick" was dreadful.
  13. Summer Bash venue

    I've also been trying to work out the benefit of the Summer Bash. I agree that it currently has little justification in terms of the competition and actually perverts it. And Blackpool itself would normally be my idea of hell - but in the context of 1 or 2 days watching RL, I actually enjoyed it. The event offers something different, and there are lots of things right with the place: Bloomfield Road is one of the nicest, friendliest grounds, and the town is easy and cheap to get to. I even found a good pub (- but lots of terrible ones). With RL there's a tendancy to want to throw the baby out with the bathwater in looking for new marketing angles - but I'd only tweak the format, and keep the summer date and venue for a couple more years. If the venue has to move - and there are more small clubs involved in future - would Scarborough work?
  14. Summer Bash venue

    Should there be a next time in Blackpool ....try the 'Pump and Truncheon' on Bonny Street, just south of the centre. A proper boozer, good range of real ales and whisky, friendly staff ....surprisingly good - an oasis!
  15. Batley predictions at summer bash.

    Well, I really enjoyed that! I've not heard any of the TV commentary - and sometimes its best not too. I thought Ram's did fantastically well to claw themselves back into the game when Batley could've got away from then. I was particularly pleased with Toby Adamson's performance ...but that was a victory for team spirit. Batley on the other hand looked quite brittle. Great win.