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  1. looking at the league table the hawks season is far from over . what happens in the next couple of weeks is crucial with the new coach. Having seen the n wales game I have to say there didn't seem to be a lot of structure in the game . More opportunist acting half try's and such like. also , is paddy hesketh injured ? His experience in the middle could be a bonus right now . Would be great to see hunslet rise again.
  2. I think this is a reflection of the way the club was previously operated off the field ,it was underachieving under the previous management . Its not a matter of all of a sudden being "out of this world" things are simply being done properly now. Makes all the difference
  3. not sure if anyone else has asked - But how much is this TV deal worth. League 1 is almost a waste ground interms of commercial sponsorship with many clubs struggling to make ends meet. Surely the RFL have got a decent deal which puts a few quid into these clubs ? If not - they could refuse to be broadcast ?
  4. as a York rugby fan , I attended this game on my to visit family in newbury ! I was actually shocked to find people with oxford shirts at the ground and a smattering of support for both sides. The ground was a good facility and there are worse in league 1 (and champ) I got to speaking with a couple of Oxfords people and I am led to believe that the southern clubs do NOT get any more funds from RFL than any other league 1 side - Its a myth ??. They have little income from gates and not much in terms of sponsors , I would say they have been "hung out to dry" a bit . looking at the quality of oxfords team , they are a game bunch but only young lads who are from forces game ,academies & amateur game . no match for the Knights that's for sure . Its easy to have a pop at the expansion teams and I always thought they was propped up by RFL giving them extra monies , seems not !
  5. I was at the game - the staff looked uninterested as did the players. the point above is a good one , you have to question the appointment of a coach with no knowledge of the competition. Recruitment has been uninspiring to say the least but if the guy has no idea what is required then what should we expect . the ozzy accent probably got mick the job rather than any kind of rational thought. I hope things improve and quickly !
  6. cant believe gary thornton is not on that list .... he did a great job in his time at the club. Coach of the year , top of the league. More than most on that list !
  7. the usual "big names" will come out of the wood work. Be interesting to see if thunder have learnt from this last couple of years . A young hungry coach would be a good option , but the club may need someone who is well connected within the game to bring in quality players. maybe some young hungry players also needed ? We watched a few thunder games this season and the PNG boys was a big let down from what we saw .
  8. went to the game to as I was looking forward to a tight contest . I couldn't believe how poor Newcastle are ! I don't support either side , but live near heworth and my boy plays junior rugby there so was looking forward to the match up. I was also looking forward to seeing the PNG boys in action but I have to say I didn't notice them ! I know thunder have spent big (in league 1 terms) but I am not sure the PNG players have repaid this investment. York were very professional in their approach and completed well with few errors .
  9. According to the RFL there are 8 teams interested in running a reserve grade from the championships (accross both divisions). Any less and it wouldnt be worth running , so if any drop out (which will happen when they realise cost etc) it will impact on the reality of this happening. The key here is that there is very little appitite for watching reserve grade championship rugby in a meaningless comp. Superleague is a diffent issue as people would turn up to watch and it would pay for its self. In any case the reserve grade players would be on "terms and conditions" agreements and would be able to continue playing for thier community club . Also , champ & champ 1 clubs would not pay any match money to these players . Its not an attractive package for any player over 19/20 imo
  10. The main concern for me is what kind of players the club can now attract. Less money , little or no income from gates next year and a coach who will struggle to get quality players as he has limited experience in working with the desired calibre of player (does he have relationships with the relevant contacts in the game). An almighty struggle ahead i fear