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  1. Talking to people at various RU clubs at which I've watched games in the last few seasons, that's the impression I get. It's a story of falling participation. Football (which most outsiders seem to think is booming) is suffering the same way at semi-pro and amateur level. Unfortunately, the lard-arsed Play Station generation has now reproduced, and its indolent offspring is only too happy to continue the 'couch potato' trend. As the even less active mobile phone generation reaches maturity, I fear in another couple of decades a lot of sports will look very different, chiefly because long-established clubs fold through lack of interest. What's happening in rugby league is mirrored across the country, in numerous other sports.
  2. Is the NCL recovering

    I watched the recent Beverley-Salford City Roosters Third Division game. Roosters turned up with just 13 players - and one of those was in his fifties! First time I've witnessed that sort of thing in the NCL. No wonder Beverley rate the Yorkshire League a better standard.
  3. Watersplash Final documentary?

    Really enjoyable documentary that transcended the sporting aspects of the game. My wife, Surrey born and raised, has no particular enthusiasm for rugby league, but found it very interesting. The Coleman 'interview' was pathetic.
  4. Regional leagues 2018

    Attended an exciting game, at Solway Park, Maryport, in the Cumberland League's Premier Division yesterday (12/5). Distington pipped Ellenborough Rangers 32-28 in an 11-try thriller. The visitors led 10-0 after eight minutes but Elbra replied with four tries to ease 22-10 ahead at half-time. Distington crossed twice early in the second to close the gap to two points. The hosts went over again on the hour, to lead 28-20, but two converted tries, in the 63rd and 71st minutes, saw Distington to victory. A lovely sunny afternoon on the west Cumbria coast attracted a crowd of about 175. Admission of £2 included a four-page programme. Excellent set-up at Solway Park, which has a large stand (a covered terrace) and recently refurbished floodlights. Easily good enough for the National Conference League.
  5. 144-0

    Time for the RFL to charge West Wales with bringing the sport into disrepute - then kick them out of the league. They're an embarrassment and, clearly, beyond all hope.
  6. Supporters of any team (in any sport) cannot be relied on to behave rationally. Referees (in most sports) have always been jeered, and they always will. I guess those masochistic enough to take up the whistle develop thick skins pretty quickly. Compared to some of the abuse I've seen young touch judges cop in the NCL and other ARL competitions, Sunday's show of frustration at Bootham Crescent from York fans was small beer.
  7. RIP Roy Haggerty

    Very sad news. While at Liverpool University in the mid-80s, I (along with a small group of RL-following students) went along to Knowsley Road on numerous occasions to watch Saints. Remember Roy as an all-action forward, legs and arms pumping, making good yards. Always played with his socks round his ankles, IIRC, therefore instantly recognisable.
  8. I heard about the new Women's Super League only a few weeks ago, when BBC Radio Leeds's Sunday afternoon RL programme featured, in its last hour, interviews with two players, one from Bradford Bulls Women and one from Featherstone Rovers Ladies. They were so enthusiastic, I decided to watch a WSL match when the season began. Last Sunday, I went along to the York City Knights Ladies-Castleford Tigers Women match at York St John University. It was York's home debut in the comp. I wasn't at all sure what to expect but the spectacle proved to be proper rugby league: fast, physical, great skills and big hits. I'll certainly be back for more, and urge any RL follower to give watching the women's game a go. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. One gripe: timing the kick-offs (2pm) of WSL Sunday matches to clash with men's games doesn't seem a good idea. How about a bit of flexibility on that front?
  9. Serious injury?

    There were two head/neck injuries (both to York players). No long-term damage, thankfully.
  10. Who's next to join our ranks?

    Supporter-owned City of Liverpool FC, of the North West Counties League, recently secured the go-ahead to build a ground at Fazakerley, on the site of former playing fields between Longmoor Lane and Aintree Lane. There's also Bootle FC and Litherland REMYCA FC, of the same league. CoLFC have been sharing with Bootle. Three more venues a Liverpool rugby league club might use. In September, I gather South Liverpool FC are moving (from North Field) further along Jericho Lane, to a sports hub that's being constructed now. Room for rugby league there?
  11. Odd how people manage to watch entirely different games. How the York Press reporter (actually at the match) rated Kendall's performance: Referee: Chris Kendall (Huddersfield) – the “Super League you’re having a laugh” chants could have been for him as much as top-flight strugglers Catalans, and he was duly booed off with a steward’s escort. If part-timers York had any chance they needed to get their fair share of 50-50 calls and some 40-60s and 30-70s too, but it was actually the full-timers that got most of them.
  12. Real shame York's next home game is West Wales. Marketing that one will be a big ask.
  13. Not strictly accurate. Clarence Park is quite a bit bigger than a bowls green. Won an award recently, too, I think.
  14. Going by what it says in the programme.
  15. Just back from Bootham Crescent. Another Sunday, another God awful rugby league referee. Hicks rightly booed off the field. The referee's comedic performance notwithstanding, a very decent effort from York. Are Catalans really in Super League? They fooled me. Managed a rugby league double today. Went to watch the noon kick-off between Women's Super League rivals York and Castleford. The game was played on the plastic pitch at York St John University's Haxby Road sports complex. Cas, who had several very impressive players, eased to a 62-0 victory (HT 0-30). Crowd of about 120. Admission free, eight-page programme a quid. Should have been staged as a double-header with the York-Catalans cup-tie. Seems the excuse was only two dressing rooms at Bootham Crescent. Couldn't a portable building have been erected in the car park? York are doing some good marketing at the moment but I feel today they missed a chance to promote the women's game.