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  1. Very sad news. A real favourite with Gateshead Thunder fans.
  2. Newcastle Thunder are a continuation of Gateshead Thunder (the clue's in the name!), so I don't think Gateshead should be on the list! Oldham are favourites, of course, but if Thunder defend like they did on Sunday, they have enough threat in attack to have a chance. Hoping for a good game and fingers crossed for a Thunder win.
  3. Good luck to 'em. I do agree that some more imaginative names would be good, maybe Dallas Southforks, Houston Problems, San Antonio Banderases and Austin Allegros? Seriously, though, I do think something less generic would be better. San Antonio is home to the Alamo, for instance, the last stand for people like Davy Crockett and James Bowie - must be something related to that to improve on "Storm"? Whatever the name, I'll declare for Austin. A fun, sophisticated little city. Way too cool for Texas, tbh.
  4. "Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive"
  5. Made a bit of a jolly of this one. Not expecting too much from Leeds so we might just stay in Collioure...
  6. Well, as a RL fan in the North East I had a lot of fun at Magic today. I suspect many of the naysayers would fail to have fun (or, indeed, attend) wherever it is staged.
  7. Either there are some very young posters here or some very short memories! Much as I disliked a Murdoch enterprise buying the sport to impose a league system that suited its own agenda, the sport was dead on its feet by then. Only one team was winning anything, and everyone else went bust in a vain attempt to catch them. Living within its means? Really, it wasn't. The sport was stuck in 1st gear, run solely by the professional clubs for the professional clubs, with a totally separate (and often antagonistic) amateur set-up that wasn't much better. I remember phoning BARLA to ask for some advice regarding a club I was involved with in Basingstoke and actually being laughed at down the phone. Always sad to see clubs struggle, but that's sport for you - even some football clubs, with all the resources at their disposal, have had crises (Leeds, Portsmouth, etc). The biggest negative about Super League was stopping P&R. That killed investment opportunities in the other professional clubs and created real resentment. So long as there is viable system of P&R (well done so far, Leigh!) Super League can actually draw investors with ambition to clubs lower in the pyramid. So the pond is finally getting bigger, which means the existing fish start to look a bit smaller. Rather than sell themselves as being all about local bragging rights over the outfit down the road, heartland clubs need to get supporters and sponsors excited about the visit of teams from Newcastle, London, Toulouse or Toronto who aren't just there to make up the numbers any more.
  8. Done it, but agree with the above sentiments. If time permits, RugbyDIss, maybe regard this as a pilot, take on board these comments and amend your survey? I certainly agree that a qualitative element would really enhance this. Just a simple thematic analysis of text comments would add a lot. If you're not sure have a look at this, gives you a nice clear way of tackling thematic analysis: Braun, V. and Clarke, V. 2006. Using thematic analysis in psychology. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 3(2), pp.77-101.
  9. Well I get upset by mention of a Momentum Rule, as a physicist. Momentum is mass x velocity, which would imply that the mass of those involved was a factor. Which could make it impossible for a prop to throw a forward pass, or something. I'd prefer it to be called the Relative Velocity Rule.
  10. I think it's better for Magic to be in a city where it makes a real impact locally, and London is just too big for that. We have the Grand Final for the heartlands, Challenge Cup Final for the capital, Magic Weekend should be somewhere else
  11. No worries Oxford... Next year maybe! Managed to see the last few mins if the first half. Tremendous atmosphere and a BIG crowd
  12. The sun is out, the Quayside is buzzing and Salford v Widnes is slightly losing its appeal... We will get there for the 2nd half I'm sure
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