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KEAR: TURN THE RADIO OFF, COME AND WATCH US

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www.batleybulldogs.co.uk caught up with John Kear on Wednesday morning to review last Sunday's game against Whitehaven and preview Sunday's huge Tetley's Challenge Cup tie with Super League's Huddersfield Giants.

The Bulldogs continued their outstanding winning streak on Sunday with a hard-fought 30-16 defeat of Whitehaven. The game prompted visiting coach Dave Woods to suggest that his 'Haven side deserved more from the game, which seemed to prompt a modicum of sympathy from JK: "Whitehaven were a real challenge. Prior to the game, I watched three of their matches; they were woeful against Hunslet but again two big sides - Halifax and Sheffield - they played real well. We knew they were formidable and I thought both teams played well and the game was of a good standard despite a few errors (mainly from us!). We had good defence, we kicked well and Greg Johnson's try was real class - try of the season so far. It was a pleasure to watch the score, as we have been working hard on skill levels in training."

Kear singled out three performances for particular praise from Sunday's game: "Jason Walton was one of three top performers. Byron Smith ran consistently, and Paul Mennell played 80 minutes in the middle of the park due to Ben Black's injury and was magnificent."

Despite the win, JK readily acknowledged there is more to come: "Halifax finally hit the heights this weekend, and we may do the same soon. We're showing the signs of capability and are getting consistent results but we haven't had something near a perfect performance yet."

There have been many column inches written recently regarding the vacant head coach position at Castleford Tigers and JK's future at the loverugbyleague.com Stadium, but the Bulldogs' supremo was only interested in talking about the here and now, claiming real enthusiasm and determination around the club ahead of the visit of the Giants for the second time in three seasons.

"The players are very excited, and they have every right to be. They are confident in being able to achieve big things and we are playing the second best team in the country at the moment. It will be a fair old test, but it does not fill us with fear" said Kear, in determined mood. Despite the Giants shipping points heavily in Sunday's Super League victory over Hull Kingston Rovers, JK warned that it would be a mistake to draw too many conclusions from the cricket-score final result of 50-30. "Don't be lulled into a false sense of security by the Hull KR game - the Giants kept stepping up a gear and were always in total control. When they have to defend (like they did recently against Wigan, who can rip you up), they defended magnificently."

Being a keen student of the game, Kear is fully aware of the Bulldogs' last Challenge Cup clash with the Giants and indeed recalls discussing the game with Paul Anderson, Huddersfield's current head coach, who oversaw our last clash for the then in charge Nathan Brown. "Last time when the Bulldogs were under Rhino, Paul was aware that he very nearly oversaw a Cup shock, and probably should have done on the day. Based on our performance last season against London, Paul will no doubt be picking his best team, and that will show a great respect for the Batley club. To be honest, no club rubs their hands with glee these days if they draw us in a Cup competition, and credit to all involved here over the past few years for building up that reputation."

One thing that puzzles our current head coach is the levels of support at present in what is proving to be such a successful campaign. "I can't understand the crowd figures. I really don't know what more we can do as a club in terms of getting people through the door. The football we are playing represents excellent value for money and I'm not sure what else Kevin (Nicholas), Paul (Harrison) and the players can do. Stayaway fans should turn off the radio, and come and watch the match instead of asking people how we've done afterwards. It's £15 on Sunday for an hour and a half's entertainment and you won't get a better £15's worth than at the Mount. Do you know, I went to the races the other day, I had a great time on £21, but it's better value watching us!"

The Bulldogs are looking strong on the squad front ahead of Sunday's game with the Giants (Kick-off: 2.00pm). Ayden Faal is doubtful having been sent home from training on Tuesday night with whooping cough, but Ben Black, who picked up a knock against Whitehaven should be in consideration on Sunday after a recovery session earlier this week. The only other absentee is Mark Applegarth who is seeing a specialist early next week with a view to clearing him to move onto contact work rather than just weights sessions.

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Good article Mark.

And I do hope we get a much improved crowd this weekend.

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I think the playing and coaching staff deserve it. It must be frustrating to work so hard to improve week on week on the pitch, yet see no improvement in the stands. Just goes to show that even if you build a successful team in Batley, the fans STILL won't beat a path to your door.

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Fansastic!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radios in Batley, whatever next?

 

 

B)

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TV

I hope ;)

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Whooping Cough?

I thought that was almost erradicated along with Polio and the plague many years ago.

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Probably should   have read whopping cough - smoking related maybe ?

Whooping Cough?

I thought that was almost erradicated along with Polio and the plague many years ago.

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Whooping Cough?

I thought that was almost erradicated along with Polio and the plague many years ago.

... and measles.

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What is Kear's record with the Bulldogs to-date in win, lost & drawn? Anyone know? It must be pretty impressive as we have only lost to the Eagles this year I think and only lost a handful last season. It could be his best stats so far in his career maybe??

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Last Year
 

NRC:

Won 4

Lost 1

Drew 0

 

League:

Won 11

Lost 7

Drew 0

 

Challenge Cup:

Won 2

Lost 1

Drew 0

 

Play Offs:

Won 0

Lost 1

Drew 0

 

Total:

Won 17

Lost 10

Drew 0

 

This Year

 

League:

Won 8

Lost 1

Drew 1

 

Challenge Cup:

Won 1

Lost 0

Drew 0

 

Total:

Won 9

Lost 1

Drew 1

 

 

Total Over 2 Seasons

 

Won 26

Lost 11

Drew 1

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Thanks AG. That's a very good return from a coach. I also think our style of Rugby is the best I've seen in my 19 years of watching Batley, just hope JK stays to keep it going

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