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16/06/13 - Kingstone Press Championship 1 Match Thread

Which game will provide the narrowest winning margin?   11 members have voted

  1. 1. Which game will provide the narrowest winning margin?

    • Gateshead Thunder v Rochdale Hornets
      1
    • Hemel Stags v North Wales Crusaders
      7
    • London Skolars v Gloucestershire All Golds
      0
    • South Wales Scorpions v Oldham
      3

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Discuss this week's Kingstone Press Championship 1 games here.

 

Sun 16th June
Gateshead Thunder v Rochdale Hornets    15:00
Hemel Stags v North Wales Crusaders    15:00
London Skolars v Gloucestershire All Golds    15:00
South Wales Scorpions v Oldham    15:00
 
 

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Wins for Rochdale, Crusaders, Skolars and Oldham and only Scorpions to get a bonus point. Really looking forward to my second visit to Hemel this season and hoping that Mike Forgham is playing this time.

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Not holding out much hope of a home win at Pennine Way. And just looked at the weather forecast - it looks bloody miserable.

Ah well - first game in a few weeks and I'm looking forward to it!

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Not holding out much hope of a home win at Pennine Way. And just looked at the weather forecast - it looks bloody miserable.

Ah well - first game in a few weeks and I'm looking forward to it!

  There should be a good few of us coming from North Wales after only a handful could make it for the Northern Rail Cup game.  I thing Crusaders will win but your bar taking will definitely improve!!

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We'll be at Filtrona Park - always a good trip up there.

 

I'll have a punt at:

 

 

  1. Gateshead Thunder v Rochdale Hornets - Hornets by 30
  2. Hemel Stags v North Wales Crusaders - Crusaders by 30
  3. London Skolars v Gloucestershire All Golds - Skolars by 30
  4. South Wales Scorpions v Oldham - Scorpions by 13  ;) 

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South Wales Scorpions v Oldham - Scorpions by 13  ;)

 

I am hoping the Scorpions have turned the corner. This game will be a very good indicator...

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Discuss this week's Kingstone Press Championship 1 games here.

Sun 16th June

Gateshead Thunder v Rochdale Hornets 15:00

Hemel Stags v North Wales Crusaders 15:00

London Skolars v Gloucestershire All Iolds 15:00

South Wales Scorpions v Oldham 15:00

Gateshead to run Hornets close but lose bonus point in last 5

Crusaders to pull away to convincing victory

Skolars to make heavy weather of it but sneak through, poss bonus point for glos

Scorpions to turn over Oldham by <13

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There should be a good few of us coming from North Wales after only a handful could make it for the Northern Rail Cup game.  I thing Crusaders will win but your bar taking will definitely improve!!

Glad to hear it. I'll do my bit too!

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PREVIEWS

 

Gateshead Thunder v Rochdale Hornets (3.00pm)

Craig Borthwick is doubtful for Gateshead Thunder, while Luke Hardcastle is facing up to three weeks on the sidelines with a knee problem.
Thunder coach Kevin Neighbour is aiming for big improvements after last week’s 55-52 reverse against London Skolars.
Neighbour said: “We can’t afford to score 52 points and get beat – it’s suicide. Defence is the key this week.
“We had a pretty tough session on Tuesday and we were very honest.”
He added: “Rochdale are a good, experienced side and we’ll have to be tough if we want to get anything out of Sunday’s game.”
Wayne English, Mike Ratu and Dayne Donoghue all missed Rochdale Hornets’ Tuesday training session, but coach Ian Talbot is hopeful all three will be fit.
Danny Davies is also back in contention, but Alex McClurg and Alex Trumper are definitely out.
Talbot said: “We’re only playing for 40, 50 or 60 minutes at the moment. We need to get a level of consistency in our performances across the full 80 minutes.”

Hemel Stags v North Wales Crusaders (3.00pm)

Hemel Stags coach Troy Perkins is facing a half-back crisis as he prepares for Sunday’s match with North Wales Crusaders.
Chad Sharp is likely to be ruled out with an ankle injury, while Mike Bishay has been playing for London Broncos in recent weeks.
Perkins said: “We’ll have to reshuffle the team around a bit, but the nucleus stays the same.”
On Kingstone Press Championship One leaders North Wales, he added: “Everyone’s tipping them to win the league. It’s going to be a big test, but we can go into it with a bit of confidence.”
Christiaan Roets could return for the Crusaders, but coach Clive Griffiths is not short of options. He said: “Christiaan’s a full Welsh international but he’s still got to force his way back into the team.”
Griffiths added: “Hemel have done fantastically this year and they’ll be well-prepared.
“They’ve a very narrow, short pitch, so it’s hard to find gaps. It’ll be up to the bigger guys to punch holes and we’ve also got to pick good lines to run.”

London Skolars v Gloucestershire All Golds (3.00pm)

London Skolars coach Joe Mbu could name an unchanged side after last week’s 55-52 win at Gateshead Thunder.
Mbu said: “Everyone came through OK from last week.”
However, Mbu insists his side must be more focused for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship One clash with Gloucestershire All Golds.
He said: “We had quite a few lapses of concentration against Gateshead and that’s been happening too much over the last few weeks.
“When you lose focus in defence you get punished by decent teams, and that’s what’s been happening to us.
“If anything there is even more pressure on us this week after the amount of points we conceded at Gateshead. Gloucestershire will be looking at that and fancying their chances.”
All Golds coach Brad Hepi continues to be without Pat Evans, Joe McClean and captain Mike Stewart as he searches for a first league win of the season.

South Wales Scorpions v Oldham (3.00pm)

Billy Sheen looks set to make his South Wales Scorpions debut in Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship One match against Oldham.
The former North Wales Crusaders star, 23, looks set to come into Dave Clark’s thinking and will provide added quality alongside Grant Gore.
Clark said: “This is a really important game for us. If we’ve got aspirations to be in the top six then we’ve got to look to get something out of this match.”
In-form Oldham have won four of their last six games, but coach Scott Naylor is not complacent.
Naylor is hoping to confirm a loan deal with Halifax’s Anthony Bowman in time for Sunday’s match.
David Cookson is also available for the Roughyeds, but Mo Agoro (ankle) is facing a race against time to prove his fitness.

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Closest match? Now that is a good question.

 

Four away wins look a certainty. I'll put my (virtual) money on Scorpions to put up the best fight.

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Closest match? Now that is a good question.

 

Four away wins look a certainty. I'll put my (virtual) money on Scorpions to put up the best fight.

All Golds 'certs' to win at London? Really?

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All Golds 'certs' to win at London? Really?

Oops for some reason, I had Skolars down as the away side.

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Oldham played extremely well against Crusaders last week and could be second spot contenders on that form. I think they will beet Scorpions by <13. Skolas will beat GAG by more than 30. Gateshead will lose narrowly to Hornets by < 10. Crusaders to beat Stags by a clear 20.

 

Can anyone get attendances higher than the Crusaders home gate last week?

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Oldham played extremely well against Crusaders last week and could be second spot contenders on that form. I think they will beet Scorpions by <13. Skolas will beat GAG by more than 30. Gateshead will lose narrowly to Hornets by < 10. Crusaders to beat Stags by a clear 20.

 

Can anyone get attendances higher than the Crusaders home gate last week?

I think all 4 clubs would be delighted with half the gate that Crusaders got last week. 

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Oops for some reason, I had Skolars down as the away side.

Too late, your virtual bookmaker has taken the bet.

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Oldham played extremely well against Crusaders last week and could be second spot contenders on that form. I think they will beet Scorpions by <13. Skolas will beat GAG by more than 30. Gateshead will lose narrowly to Hornets by < 10. Crusaders to beat Stags by a clear 20.

 

Can anyone get attendances higher than the Crusaders home gate last week?

 

 

 

I am sure Skolars will on Aug 23rd v Crusaders. ........................

 

 

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Well, so far, Thunder have gone from one extreme to the other in attack, not being able to summon up a point in the first half but still conceding too many.  Playing the Hornets was always going to be a tough call for Thunder but I'd hoped they would manage to get a score on the board.  Maybe they'll find a way in the second half.

 

It's neck and neck between the Cru and Hemel, second half just started.

 

It's neck and neck between the Scorps and Oldham too.

 

Skolars appear to have beaten the All Golds 38-22.  I think of all the teams, the All Golds are going to be the ones to struggle to make it stick.  I'm not sure whether they have won a league game yet?

 

Hemel appear to have a goal kicker called Seinfeld.  (Those of a certain age and all that)

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Eh-up!  Hemel now beating the Cru!

 

Scorps seem to have just lost to Oldham thanks to a last minute breakaway try by Oldham. 

 

Thunder did manage to score but lost 4-46 to the Hornets.

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Confirmation that Hemel have beaten the Cru, 18-10.  Well done Hemel.  That's a great result in their first season in the professional leagues.  (Having said that, I hope the Cru get back on the horse and continue their winning ways)

 

Skolars beat the All Golds 38-22.

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Thinking about it, I'm not too suprised at the Hemel result. Crusaders were lucky to beat Oldham last week, and a wake-up call won't perhaps be a bad thing.

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Brilliant win for the Stags in front of a good crowd with a great atmosphere.Great defence to hold the Cru out when they had an extended period in front our line in the 2nd half.Really chuffed.Shame I had the full family complement with me as I'd still be there getting wellied!

Well done to all the lads for digging deep,they were having a good sing in the changing room afterwards.Bring on Oldham next week,easy ;-)

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You can get bladdered anytime. Having your whole family there on a day like today is worth it!

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Thinking about it, I'm not too suprised at the Hemel result. Crusaders were lucky to beat Oldham last week, and a wake-up call won't perhaps be a bad thing.

That did seem to be thinking of any Cru fans I chatted to post-match. Not that they were ungracious losers; far from it.

A really top afternoon at Pennine Way - good entertainment put on for the kids, a great buzz mostly created by the away fans and a fantastic result for the Stags.

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Hemel's defence was absolutely brilliant, and so were their tactics compared to ours. Crusaders threw everything at Hemel but they held firm. Well done to the Stags. I hope Crusaders can relax a bit now that the unbeaten tag has gone. I will still take Crusaders to win the division but I'm really quite "made up" for the Stags. They got what they deserved on the day and so did Crusaders!

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