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  1. No need to apologise friend. You are correct about the Barla rule but maybe one day they will catch up with the rest of the game........
  2. Where do their hearts lie? Definitely with their Community clubs at present and for me that's all that counts. Wait till 'terms and conditions ' status disappears next year and possibly in due course even ' Trialists '. More quality players for the Community game but a definite challenge to 20th century thinking at Admin level...... Just put the players first and as long as the Competition structures they play in remain fair and robust then it's bound to be for the better for everyone including TGG....
  3. It's not an ' Amateur Tour ' whatever that means these days as the players / clubs need to find north of £2k each to go.. It's a tour whose players are picked from Tiers 4- 6 under RFL Operational Rule B4:2:1. Technically a dual reg player with YML or NWCML could be selected from Tier 5...... NCL players available for selection are covered by NCL competition Rule 6. If they have cleared their previous obligations to the Pro game and registered with their Community club then they are available for selection . Good luck to them I say. The Lions programme stretches down to Regional sides and is a definite tool for expanding the game internationally as well as giving our allegedly lesser players from smaller clubs a chance to donate their Touring shirt to a club wall maybe otherwise not inundated with them. You mention 2 NCL players. I bet their mates in the team and the clubs themselves are so chuffed about their selections . Remember this game should be at least 90% all about the players themselves...... Good luck to them I say and if
  4. Most Tier 5 clubs apply to join the NCL with what they see as regularity of decent fixtures and (hopefully ) strong administration as prime attraction' Get that right in the winter game and I agree some heads would certainly be turned.
  5. It's 1.25 k for the winners Absolutely great day out this sat at Featherstone with The Featherstone Lions as warm up !!! against Stanningley to gain Premier League status in the play off (12. 30 ) And then the Big one. To decide the top of the pile..... Get there, This is truly the best of the Community game but if you can't make it then you can find both matches on Our League streaming services...............switch off the sound if you don't like Trevor's and Jamie Jones' commenting
  6. There is no perceived appetite for a Tier 4 winter competition. If there were then NCL would run it..... the RFL would offer it there first as they can't do it themselves. At Tier 5 Barla via the Pennine League already have that control..... Should that desire spread elsewhere into other areas then Barla would undoubtedly be the first port of call for administration....
  7. Finance is exactly as last year for the Finals arrangements. NCL has always barred paying players mainly to protect the members from themselves and each other . Take a look at Champ 1 . Do you want to be there? If a club has issues on finance ( or anything else ) and as a consequence it's future is in doubt then it needs to bring itself to discuss it with the NCL Done it before more than once to mutual accord....
  8. Wrong. There is prize money. Hunslet Parkside should know as they picked it up last year !!! £ 2. 5 k ?
  9. We were the 'momentum ' party of RL at the time, Far greater gifted people at the top then in play than now But cutting the politics , its the Admin that counts.. Get the the games on , That's why NCL thrives....... Back to politics - in the long past a then President of Barla recommended to the Board that every team in Barla had two votes one to be placed via the District League and one through it's Regional playing one. Would have delivered true democracy to the amateur voice and kept the structures bound together.. But not to be as it terrified them.. but it really now is the only way back.....That president retired ( for that and other reasons )....... and 'Momentum ' perhaps lost ........ These days perhaps at Barla a pot of gold left for scavengers? Did it have to come to this ? Who knows ? That retired President though remains committed to the Cause but good luck to the Retiring Barla trustees ....hand shakes after turning kids sides out in the rain on Oldham Edge will never be forgotten...,,,,,
  10. The elephant in the room for Engish based RL clubs ( and even more so Yaunion and cricket ) is our imminent departure from the EU and with it the abandonment of the Kolpac ruling and Cotonou Agreement. Journeymen Antipodeans are unlikely to pass Home Office visa qualifications and growth of players from within will have to be the norm .Breaths of fresh air like French at Wigan are likely to be a thing of the past as he would not qualify under the current RFL quotas as agreed with the Home Office. Jackson Hastings gran might save him even if his NRL history might not..... Interesting times..... Toulouse and the Dragons on the other hand would be unaffected and presumably will become the first port of call for those devilish Aussie Agents......
  11. Good club mate but a million miles behind St Pats who put O'loughlin , Gildart , Powell, Farrell and Williams on the park friday night........
  12. Manchester Rangers had a great facility at Etihaid ( but no bar )' They had a team in the lower leagues of NWCL. Pretty poor on the park really.. To go to semi pro they needed to raid the Oldham / Rochdale / Salford areas for existing talent. In essence the were the Wolfpacks but at home.. The current RL members didnt like that and expressed their views accordingly,,,,,,,,, Greater Manchester isn't like for instance Leeds . It's population is not much higher than Wigan , or Salford. No open age sides are based within the City itself.... Never seen the plan they put before the RLF but Peter Pan may have been flying around.....
  13. The Wigan player pathway/ production system is the best in the world in either rugby code , including the NRL. Smithies strikes me as a talent in the Phil Clarke / Andy Farrell / Gregory ( mIke ) mould. Not a tackling machine (he wants of course to impress ) though he is undoubtedly gaining respect there. Maybe an Andy Platt type ? But in Shaun O'loughlin he has the best coach you could ever want. Give him time to breath, He's still a kid.... A game organiser from the back of the pack will be the measure of him and could well put him up with the best.... A definite for me No 13 shirt in the old days.....
  14. IL is a Wiganer to the core. Ex Darlington street and St Pats. Little Mo and Dave W assessed him before allowing a take over. He is from the Parish and in it for the long term. He is also by the way an acute business man and consolidating the rugby activities to the Norley area ( he also bought a school there) and the Arena is more than sensible. Orrell RUFC have re-located to premises next to Winstanley College. They thrive but need investment from anywhere including the RFU to come out of the ground for their clubhouse( planning has been granted ). Wigan's plans for building on Edge Hall road seem stalled by egress issues. No doubt they will be overcome with the planners in due course So yes Wigan are not likely to be doing a ' Bradford ' any time soon....
  15. Featherstone more than likely to be the venue for Grand Final and Div 1 promotion play off
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