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Finn is entering the latter years and Briggs has hardly played during the last 2 years. When fit Moore will get plenty of game time and will flourish at Fev.

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Finn is entering the latter years and Briggs has hardly played during the last 2 years. When fit Moore will get plenty of game time and will flourish at Fev.

If Moore gets in before Finn or Briggs we have problems Finn is the best half back in the division and is consistent ask any championship club which half back they would sign and everyone would have Finn

Be intesting to see what happens if the Fev fans get on his back if he's not performing

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Ill tell you what happens - if the player isnt performing he will be dropped - even if it is Finn

 

Maybe a drop is what some players need as some appear to be coasting through their Fev careers knowing theyre in week in week out and need a reality check - signing replacement players for every posistion may not be such a bad idea after all

 

Moore will easily get in before Briggs, Briggs barely played in a year and got work to do to even get a look in

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Feath have the cover for injuries now and the luxurious advantage of a second team as we all know but I give moore 6 months and the majority will be nursing his weak shoulder and awkward ego.

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Ill tell you what happens - if the player isnt performing he will be dropped - even if it is Finn

 

Maybe a drop is what some players need as some appear to be coasting through their Fev careers knowing theyre in week in week out and need a reality check - signing replacement players for every posistion may not be such a bad idea after all

 

Moore will easily get in before Briggs, Briggs barely played in a year and got work to do to even get a look in

He may have been signed because of a doubt about Briggs, and Hepworth might be on his way out, but for me the most effective line-up over the last few years was when we beat Cas and ran Wigan close, with a fully fit Briggs and Heppy playing as twin stand-offs from 6 &13, not giving Rangi Chase a look in. With the new imports it looks like we will sadly never see that pairing again, and its a pity because on defence, Briggs is head and shoulders above most half-back in the Championship, and Hepworth's not far behind. Everybody has gone on about what Moore can do when he turns it on and how poor he is when he doesn't, but nobody has said what his defence is like? I've not seen enough of him to make a judgement, but if it's nothing special we couldn't play him and Kain together!

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Looking at moore you would think he makes burrows look big but we all know its technique and he can hold his own when it counts but ideally he, s a speedbump or 2nd man in.

menzie yere tore his shoulder to shreds years back when moore tried to put a hit on him?!

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Looking at moore you would think he makes burrows look big but we all know its technique and he can hold his own when it counts but ideally he, s a speedbump or 2nd man in.

menzie yere tore his shoulder to shreds years back when moore tried to put a hit on him?!

Not many small guys can handle Menzie, but on the other hand he struggles in defence against the little 'uns. Andy Kain mesmerized him when we last played them, but also struggled to hold him when he had the ball. 

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Moore is a waste of space, he will ruin the dressing room, hes done it at every single club he's been to, the kid is a dreamer who still thinks hes the best half back in the game, his gob will git him into trouble with either the coaching staff or the fans, cant see him staying at Fev as he simply isnt good enough to unseat what you already have so will start sulking all over again.

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is it just me or is anyone else thinking that next year could be a ###### season

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is it just me or is anyone else thinking that next year could be a ###### season

no. Its not just you.

I'm finding it difficult to enthuse when on the face of it at least.... some of the ins aren't as good as the outs!

But... I've been proven wrong afoore. I'm hoping to be wrong again.

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no. Its not just you.

I'm finding it difficult to enthuse when on the face of it at least.... some of the ins aren't as good as the outs!

In terms of most of the Batley incomers, I think a lot of us feel like that. I suspect our key additions might be from elsewhere, though - Cording, Nicholson and Uaisele are the interesting ones for me, and how we fare might depend more on how those three go than the Batley contingent.

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Robin/Bigjohn

I felt exactly the same, and then I wrote down -

Hardman

Chisholm

Uaisele

Worthington

Sharp

Kain

Finn

Crossley

Ellis

Nicholson

Spears

Cording

Briggs

Subs - Flanagan,Bostock,Roche,Mendeika.

I felt a lot better. This was straight off the top of my head and isn't meant as a correct starting line up. A few things still concern me -

- mood of the dressing room, hopefully the lads will come to terms with a lot of change in a very short space of time

- if a were a "Batley import" ..... if the comments on the forum don't motivate me to make us all eat our words, then they are at the wrong club and we've signed the wrong men.

I'm counting the days off to the start of the next season so I can dispel all my fears.In my darker moments there's a whiff of "Barrow Des". I think I need to have a word with myself after supporting all these years. Our issues and problems are a million miles away from the dark days only a few years ago.

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Robin/Bigjohn

. Our issues and problems are a million miles away from the dark days only a few years ago.

Indeed.

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Moore is a waste of space, he will ruin the dressing room, hes done it at every single club he's been to, the kid is a dreamer who still thinks hes the best half back in the game, his gob will git him into trouble with either the coaching staff or the fans, cant see him staying at Fev as he simply isnt good enough to unseat what you already have so will start sulking all over again.

I will give him a chance as he's at the club I love but every one I talk to says he is not good enough for Fev and he thinks he's better than the rest of he team. If he does then I hope the new coaching staff sort him out but he is not better than what we have and I hope players are selected on performance and because he is the coaches mate

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Moore did ok in the Semi Final, and for me did a better job than Liam Finn looking ice cool under the pressure of those goal kicks. And to be honest it wasn't that long ago he was at a SL club.

 

To be honest I prefer not to listen to junk spoken by fans,and will let my eyes be the judge of the player.

 

After all I can't remember too many fans being overjoyed when we signed Liam Finn from Dewsbury.

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I would take Liam Finn over Gareth Moore every day of the week. If your coaching staff still arnt sure if they want him or not then Im sure he would still be more than welcome down at the Shay.

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Moore did ok in the Semi Final, and for me did a better job than Liam Finn looking ice cool under the pressure of those goal kicks. And to be honest it wasn't that long ago he was at a SL club.

 

To be honest I prefer not to listen to junk spoken by fans,and will let my eyes be the judge of the player.

 

After all I can't remember too many fans being overjoyed when we signed Liam Finn from Dewsbury.

 

Spot on, how wrong were we all over Finn

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I might be in the minority of one on here, but for me Liam Finn is well overrated. He's a good goal kicker and decent positional kicker, but to be honest he's too slow to make any clean breaks and I don't see him creating that much through his passing either.

 

Don't get me wrong he's a solid player, but no better than that.

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Well, well! Having just ploughed my way through 7 pages of related (and unrelated) posts I'll say again; Moore is a terrific goal-kicker and has a good eye for the line. His field kicking is poor, rarely gets a result from it, always too far ahead of his chasers, often down a defenders' neck, never seen him make an effort at a 40/20. Flanagan is a live-wire, what you see is what you get, 100% all the time, great for team spirit on the pitch, temper a bit suspect though, might spend a game or two at the RFL's pleasure if you get my meaning! Hirst is a big lad who has rarely hit the heights, rarely comes on to the ball at pace, but has massive legs which can take him an extra 20 yards with men on his back, so swings and roundabouts. If John Kear hasn't been able to change him, don't back anyone else to. ot a great handler, will lose you plenty possession. Also, Walmsley, he's a poor handler, not the biggest 2nd rower you'll find and IMO always was more of a squad player that a star, and at 25 going on, can't see much improvement. So that's my assessment of what you've got, time will tell if you agree or don't. there are 2 we'll miss, 2 we won't, but which 2 I'll leave you to find out for yourselves!!

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Now we have lost Finn, Brian and Hepworth and today Mckay these lads will get their chance to see how they respond to our new coach Bastian. Although after all the knocking, Finn has gone to Cas. We all rated Powell so maybe he sees something the Finn knockers didn't. Time will tell. But I wish himwell and am sorry to see him go.

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Think the telling sign about Finn's loss is the fact that it has been so widely commented on and celebrated by fans of so many our leading rivals - they are as glad to see the back of him as we would be to see Yere or QLT no longer lining up for Sheffield against us. Anyone who has seen plenty of Finn and Moore over recent years knows Moore has been nothing like the player Finn has been, but he's our scrum half now so I'll be cheering him on.

It's a bit odd when Batley fans come on this forum eager to tell us about the qualities & failings of our signings from them; we usually play Batley three or four times a year and they must have been on Premier half a dozen times this year - we all know each other's players in this league pretty well. Moore is the only one of the quartet who is a bit hard to weigh up (because he doesn't seem especially consistent); Flanagan will do fine as Ellis' interchange, Hirst will be doing very well if he can find a place on the bench with Crossley, Nicholson, James and Bostock a very strong quartet at prop and Gavin Bennion and Colton Roche around too and Walmsley faces a very stiff task to get a sniff at the 17 with Lockwood, Cording, Spears, Bussey, Dale and Briggs all competing for back row places.

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Not surprised that Liam has been allowed to leave, and that he has gone to Cas. What they need is consistency in the league, and no-one has been more consistent for Rovers than Liam Finn! As far as Rovers' requirements go, however, the ability to raise your game in the big play-off and knock-out games is the top priority, and Rovers have under-performed in this department for the past 4 seasons!

The rumour mill suggests that promotion will be re-introduced, but for the winners of the Grand Final, so topping the league will count for nothing, and I imagine this is why those in charge are looking for a change in direction. With such a big squad some will fall by the wayside, but one or two will be a roaring success, and we always manage to bring in one or two gems mid-season.

We have two full seasons before the play-offs at the end of 2015, so there's plenty of time to get it right!

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Not surprised that Liam has been allowed to leave, and that he has gone to Cas. What they need is consistency in the league, and no-one has been more consistent for Rovers than Liam Finn

 

You are not wrong there, threw a few interception passes out for us in his time - off to a great start for his new club down road - threw a pearler out for fax to waltz in on boxing day ;)

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Problem for our new 7 is he will be compared against Finn just as with every new player that comes in and replaces one who goes

In the time Finn was here how many competitive matches did he miss for Rovers and is he the longest player to play in a run of games at Rovers since S/L was introduced

We got 2 years to get it right with the new squad and coaching set up so let's see where we are come the end of 2015

Lets stick together and support the 2014 squad as in will be another good season in the championship

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Might be too late if promotion and relegation is reintroduced at the end of next season ? ;)

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