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  1. Looking forward to the Chargers and H Hoists, and of course Skolars to follow.
  2. Cricket 2017

    Oh well you have had long enough to acknowledge the little county of Essex CCC thrashing your and the ECB`s blue eyed boy test counties over the current season. Great effort from Essex only having been promoted from the second division last season. 10 wins and no losses is pretty impressive to say the least. As an example Yorkshire thrashed in 2 and a half days at Scarborough and barely 3 days when Ryan Tendo picked the the Championship Trophy up at Chelmsford at the conclusion of the season , That said most impressed to see Ryan Sidebottom and the Yorks players applaud Tendo when he picked the trophy up. Cant say I was impressed to see Chris Silverwood appointed as head coach after Grayson was sacked, Thought It was the cheap option as we normally go for at Chelmsford. Glad to have been proven wrong and to rightly acknowledge Silverwoods influence along with the great captaincy of Ryan Tendoeschate. Its been a long wait but well worth it, if we blow out now which I supspect we will not I will not be too disheartened.
  3. The result aside I enjoyed the experience at Hunslet yesterday. Theres no doubt both teams were well up for the fixture looking at there reaction when the tries were run in. Skolars run came to an end of course and I would suggest that wast to a large extent self inflicted with all the errors, and penalties conceded. Apart from the try conceded just prior to half time the defence overall was pretty good. Cracking try run in by Smokey J and of course a special mention for Jamel Coleman playing with that damaged arm from quite early on in the game. Well done Hunslet when all said and done, Hopefully come the return sunday Skolars will prevail. Sadly I will not be one of those in attendance due to work.
  4. Nothing like the performance I witnessed at Coventry, but a fair assessment by JonM. Credit to South Wales needless to say. Not the best of games but another Skolars win when all said and done.
  5. If they can continue on from the second half showing we witnessed at Coventry I will be more than happy. Always a good night is this.
  6. Ok I thought I may mention a little about this fixture having calmed down a little. At the outset I was expecting something in the region of a 24 point defeat. In the end though Skolars acquiited themselves well in the circumstances and as the scoreline suggests was always in it. Very pleasing workrate and defensive effort with a couple of obvious exceptions As tends to be the case though we don`t have enough of creativity or guile in approaching the oppositions try line. That said Barrow defended as well as expected. Not too downhearted after watching that and was great to see no dual registered players from Ealing ..
  7. Sorry yes 10 not 6,but hardly Toronto loss proportions was it, Being a multi sports facility perhaps the dressing rooms were double booked. Who knows eh,I am not saying that is ideal but when all said and done would Barrow have preferred to have come back midweek in the very near future before the cut off in order to be guaranteed a free dressing room.. Presumably not. Its also worth pointing out that Skolars have to book the pitch for use via a third party, id say its fair to say the same would apply to the dressing rooms..
  8. It was quite shocking. There was no excuse, I say stop Skolars funding and give it to Workington. Social media eh How about they throw all the Southern teams out and look after the heartlands, You know all those clubs that will command no interest at all from the broadcasters and sponsors
  9. As someone who was at the game (unusually for this thread) I am wondering what all the fuss is about. Poor old Barrow only beat the Southerners by 6 and its all down to a lack of a a changing room at half time, because Im sure thats what is being implied here, Skolars stayed out and managed. Im sure if a toilet was needed it would have been available,. Its not ideal but is it really the end of the world. As excuses go that is pathetic. We clearly didnt roll over as some expected,
  10. Wasps to Coventry Part 2

    No thats right mate we never ever got near 650 attendance at the Stoop No we got thousands instead.. Granted they will get over a thousand with the likes of Bradford and Hull KR in town these days.but that is basically it., You immediately form the opinion that it was Union mob who was at fault ultimately. So what proof can you provide of that ? How many venues has Hughes been at now then ? Perhaps there is something to read into that, Ever since Lenaghan was forced out it has been down hill. Perhaps they should arrange a home game at the same as a wedding to boost the numbers. And you never know Dave might even get the admin to post an attendance at some point on the clubs website,.
  11. London Clash

    To be fair it was a disappointing display largely by Skolars today but as ever was well worth the visit, In my opinion we will always be Champ 1 standard but I am quite happy with that. Yes Bridgend were clearly outclassed today but the best contest has not got a mention in GB Police v Weald Warriors. A deserved win for the latter in the end but with a good deal of skill on show. Looking forward to seeing Toronto down here. We may well get spanked but at least it will be at "our" and London`s home of Rugby League.
  12. Toulouse & Toronto

    Have been to Toulouse a few times mainly to be fair to watch Quins Union team but also using that airport due to the lack of flights to Perpignan in late January to see Broncos in a friendly versus Catalan.Those were the days when Kieron Dixon was starting out and his last minute try brought to a smile to my face on an otherwise forgettable occasion from a London point of view. I think Cats got 40 odd but it could have been seventy. Those were the days when Rob Powell was head coach and Gus Mackay was the C.E.O. Best leave it there . Already booked up to see Toulouse versus Broncos in mid June, and Looking forward to it immensely. Booked flights from Gatwick at £78 return a few weeks back friday pm to sunday pm Hotels are reasonably priced,and going on last february`s prices it was no more than one and a half Euro`s` from the airport to the City centre which is about 25 mins on the tram. As for Toronto it clearly wasnt to be for an away fixture.for Skolars. s .
  13. Couple of us are off to All Golds for the Skolars fixture.. It will be interesting to see how we react to last Saturday's loss to Doncaster at New River. Skolars to prevail, hopefully.
  14. Please help London Skolars

    They played at Enfield whilst the pitch and floodlighting was upgraded.
  15. Hard fought win for the Skolars yesterday at a rather damp Caerphilly. After going over early on it appeared as though it would be a less than difficult encounter. Not a bit of it. Skolars dominated largely in the first half increasing there lead to 16-6 at half time which was a fair reflection. It was a different Scorpions in the second period though with them dominating for long periods, with Skolars forced to defend set after set. A combination of errors but particularly effective defensive play kept the homesters scoreless. I was fearing the worse as we neared the start of the last quarter due to the pressure believing it only to be a matter of time before South Wales scored, and perhaps setting the platform to go on an win. Maybe a few seasons back that would have been the case, but the Skolars are much more resilient these days and saw the match out after a final try in the last few minutes. As a side I am not one for the doubling up system but as we have to have it was pleased to see Broncos Joe Keyes making his Skolars debut yesterday. Whilst not being spectacular he had an ok game and his defence has seemingly improved since I last saw him at Broncos some time back at The Hive..