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Lounge Room Lizard

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  1. Thanks to all. Rugby League is my passion and proud to play a small part in its development in Germany & Europe.
  2. No Money to do anything, 4 teams that simply are big money losers & they are in a Comp thats struggling! 16 team Comp with Womens teams, Can call out Multi Miliion Dollars from TV, Sponsors, Crowds etc straight way on a strong Comp. Think I know who would have the easier and could get a higher pay as CEO!
  3. I like others are in a High Risk Group. Whether its the Cancer etc that kills us or the Virus, is not really that important to me. Each person cant go around living in a bubble and trying to avoid death. Life is life & Death is Death-you sometimes cant avoid it. What we can do is wash hands, avoid as much contact with others etc and maybe look to arrange Family members to do shopping etc for us. Each person is responsible for what he does and how he conducts himself. Sadly we have a number of idiots even within our Family/Friends Group at times. Its probably best to avoid these people as best as possible if they are still failing to stay home, take precautions and possibly putting us & others at risk with their conduct. Thats just my opinion! The Virus in its various forms is here to stay and will not just disappear over Summer or even in a Couple of years in my opinion. Life needs to go go on but we also have to accept the changes etc that life will be in future for all of us-young & old
  4. Only Jimmy played Pro or even played (and got paid) in Germany, though Nick has played for one of the Otley UNION teams this past couple of years at Twickenham in some cup.
  5. Sadly it was a poorly organized on & off the field by Uwe Jansen- as was the womens tour roughly around this time. It was just a Union Club from Heidelberg rather than any built on the state of German RL. Uwe Jansen has a poor reputation as did Germany fror a couple of years. Bob Doughton fortunately dragged things back after the RLEF said things needed to be sorted or shut down-in the end both happened thanks to Bob & a couple of others. Sadly like many things in development Rugby League, things are not often as good as they seem to be!!!
  6. Jimmy plyed Pro and a amateur Union if you can call it usch in Heidelberg. Markus moved out to Vancouver at a fairly young age mid 20s and Kris has just recently followed. Nick is in the Otley area. As far as I am awhere all 3 playing Uniong in Otley for on or another club. Jimmy gog his break via Paul Fletcher I think via Leeds Beckett though Jimmy did have trials at Halifax I got him, but Fax got rid of the reserves in 2010. Anthony Seibold played one game though his brother Damian played around 7 and each one of them paid there own way -Australia, Yorkshire etc to play for Germany wherever-like much of the players who have played RL in Europe. There are some others who dont want to pay or just want to play in a WC event so have not been chosen for Germany over Natives.
  7. http://www.totalrugby.de/content/view/10197/326?fbclid=IwAR1_6K6yUyx9UcEh7INo6pFSU74AqrSs4Pl5j2m_WqvJoLjRO6XLONgw16g
  8. - A Couple of problems are the same as in the UK. Where do you start Developing the game in an area which knows nothing about Rugby League? There is no history, players etc to work with and most Germans struggle to identify what Rugby Union is nevermind League. Many think that all 3 are versions of American Football! And American Football has invested 10s of Millions of Euros in over the years! Paid Development Officers like we have done! University, College etc is a massive thing in German and many Germans study until late 20s whilst working with a Company. I did do some work mainly Touch at the Bavarian International School when I lived in the South when I could fit it in to work-but it was unpaid. Bob Doughton is having some success in the Dortmund area but again he is doing it for nothing and he is self Employed, has a bit more movement to fit around the way the Education System works. But he is not Paid any money and even if he was he would need to be paid good money for it to be considered "Attractive". A young German Basti Peters in Dusseldorf does do the odd bit but he is a Teacher and there is a set system of things that must be covered. Football/Soccer Just rules and its difficult for any other sport outside maybe F1, Cycling, Winter Sports, Handball to get any media or even get close to be shown on any TV stream. Its only in the past couple of years Union has achieved this, but its on a small time Channels like Sport1, DAZN (Pay). Its near impossible to get near to somebody like ARD, ZDF, Eurosport even for the American Sports that have pumped in 100s of Millions in over the years. And if you see the pulling and media presence that Football and Clubs like Bayern, Dortmund, Schalke even the "new" clubs like Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig have other sports are simply blown away both in turns of Money, Media and Sponsorship. Football simply rules in Germany probably even more so than the UK. And its very difficult to get a sports field to play & Train on as Football Clubs owns often or aretop of the priority list. I think the game has not ignored Germany or any Nation.Its true though most of the work since 2005 in Germany, has been done by volunteers etc. But its more a simply the case that its difficult to know where to start and how best to develop a sport nobody know of- Much like the areas of South Yorkshire, North Lancashire (Blackburn/Preston/Burnley/Bolton with much of Manchester & Liverpool. These areas are populated by people who have more idea of Rugby League than people in Germany (or any other area of Europe). Its easy to shift/blame the game for its development or lack of in the world when often by looking closer at a couple of points shows more the reason WHY its been so hard rather than been ignored. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Maybe development should have started 70 years ago after the 2nd war and steps made to grow the game in some way in places like Germany, Poland etc. Chances were not helped by Union in Italy, Yugoslavia and France, but we was in my opinion too weak to stand up and fight for various reasons. I just dont know its just a thought
  9. Brian Noble once again tried to buy big and made a hash of things. His whole philosophy seems to be sign experienced players at any cost with little or no thought about looking at youngsters who could make the grade on low wages. His signings have mainly been over rated has beens or not beens on too much money. He talks a good game but sadly he has no idea about building a team for the future using youngsters and players that maybe are not headline grabbers but are reliable and wont let you down. I blame Torontos problems very much on Brian Noble and his poor management and recruitment. Using FT players to win mainly Part time Leagues was not what Toronto needed to do. Hopefully Toronto find a Player Recruitment Manager that knows the game-especially the younger end of the market in the UK and Australia/NZ/Pacific Islands to rebuild using sensible money and a realistic plan. Maybe a couple of experienced old heads to guide them. Toronto has potential and the game needs to look after them better than what they have. This small world attitude is why League is where it is in my opinion. Toronto also maybe need to look to recruit one or two North American Young Rugby/American Football guys and loan them out to a League 1 Club (Maybe Ottowa/NY or a club that has a good Coach with youngsters, to develop in time. Get them game time at a level they can deal with and hopefully in time one or two in a decade or more will make it in SL. But that is a long term thing requiring much patience and understanding from all.
  10. Will Try not to bore you but basically the following is what happened to my family and how I moved to Germany I was born and brought up in Halifax, but my Mum is originally from down South (Dover area)and my Papa from Germany (Family from Hamburg area). My Family were moved from Altona, Hamburg to a place 1 hr South Called Walsrode during the war due to the Bombings. My Oma/Grandma and Opa/Granddad were both in the Luftwaffe in Appen, North of Hamburg during the war. Sadly my Opa/Granddad died in a Bomber plane over France in 1944-the year my Dad was born in Eppendorf Hospital in Hamburg-where I used to get my Chemo/Therapy funny enough! Myy Dad never got to meet his biological Dad-probably like many at this time. I am not sure what my Oma did but here and her Twin sister maybe cooked and cleaned etc on the base which still exists today. Sadly many records in Germany from this time was destroyed by nazis etc so difficult to get much info. I do have some paperwork though from Family as people in Germany had to do Family Records of past to show no Jewish line. So this Negative has helped us piece somethings together about my familyy and here they lived and worked before the war in Altona, Hamburg. After the war my Oma/Grandma met an English Soldier and moved to Andover, England with my Dad where he was brought up then. My Mum and Dad met in London in the early 70s and moved North due to cheap Housing etc compared to what London had to offer. My Father was born Remstedt, but the English Soldier adopted him and his name changed to Cooper. My Dad always wanted Germany to win at Football and so we kids just followed and though we ws born in England we all probably felt more German than English. I got a fair amount of stick as well as a Kid with a German background. But I was and still am so proud of my German heritage, despite the "Nazi Time" which has sadly distorted many peoples view of Germans and Germany in my opinion. It was always my dream to live and move to Germany as I felt that was where my home was. I moved to first Munich in 2002 aged 28 as had friends that got me work. I was lucky and got working first with a Gardener and then moved on to a Job Agency. Job Agency job ended up being a Permanent one with good pay for working in a Warehouse at develey (Well known Bavarian Food Company). I met my wife who was studying to be a Special Needs Teacher for the Deaf and Mentally disabled. She finihed her studies and in 2012, we moved North to near Hamburg, as that was where my wife was from and we basically could not afford to have a family in Munich-Its the most expensive area in Germany! I have both German and British Citizenship-mainly for my daughter so that she may get a UK Pass later in life if she wants. I m also not too far away from my Family that are now back in Hamburg after the war. The House the Family moved to in Walsrode (about 30 Minutes from me) is still there! I have used connections and used Rugby Union at times to push league and get people playing in Germany first in the South-sadly nobody really wanted the responsibility of developing the sport there after I moved North-plus the German Rugby Union especially in heidelberg caused many problems as usual. Fortunately in the North an Ex Pat in Bob doughton is carrying on the development alongside a couple of others so that rugby League has been played in Germany since 2005. We was alongside the dutch, Serbs and Czechs, one of the first Europpean Nations to develop the Sport with no years where nothing has happened. Its not easy in germany as we areentitled to no Money or Help from the Government and so often have to use our own money of the very small amount we get from the RLEF to do things. ALL players-Heritage of Native pay to play in the Domestic and National teams. Even Jimmy KKeinhorst, Brad Billsborough, Anthony Seibold who are or were Pros paid everything themselves!
  11. been told no more Chemo or Therapy can help. Cancer cells now in my brain etc so realistically I am looking at a few months to live. Still I will keep on fighting and in a way it helps me and my Family prepare for things. Been putting photos and videos on a Saving device-Festplatte in German but dont know the English word! Sorry. M Rugby League history the Rugby League Deutschland have taken-first ever German playing shirt etc that can be displayed one day for example. Its tough to know you dont have long left, but for me its just made me more determined to enjoy life and make memories especially for my 4 year old daughter-thats the hardest thing knowing I wont watch her grow up. I have been lucky to set up League in Germany in 2005 and see it still going. I have met some great people along the way in the European RL Circuit like Ian Thompson (Yanto), Steve Davy (Bob8) and others like JWAD (Justin Deegan (Ireland RU and Touch), Kevin Rudd, Tony Palacios (spain RL), Martin Crick (RLEF) etc. The game has brought me so much joy and heartache! Thinking also of a number of others on here with various Health Issues. I hope you are doing OK in the situation. Its been a pleasure to interact on here with you all over the years and hope to still do for a while yet and hear how you are doing as well as read your views on the game etc.
  12. Thoughts with Carl and his family. The game needs to look at MND and how a number of players are getting it. The game needs to look into this much more than it has in my opinion.
  13. I have been told am on the Last line of therapy and on 28th February have Meeting in Hamburg on where we go. The reality is that I have maybe around a year to live. But there are cases of people living years with no therapy. Maybe I have some luck. I will keep on fighting as best I can.I am so angry and hurt and the hardest thing is how to tell our 4 year old daughter. Its so cruel on her. I have built up a gallery on my E Book of Photos and videos so she can have atleast some memories of me. I dont leieve in Heaven and Hell and certainly not in any god. Naturally in shock and cried. Very hard,to understand or get my head around. I dont expect anything from people and there is nothing to say really. Thanks for your support over the past and also in future times.
  14. Foolish to write off any Siddal team. Its amazing that they are still such a strong amater team when you look at the amount of Ex Siddal players playing in the Pro Game like Morgan Smithies, Riley Dean, Kruise Leeming, Tom Holroyd, Tyler Dupree, Niall Evalds etc. But having over 350 players and 16 teams alongside a well run club probably ensures that they remain such a strong team over such a long time. Would not surprise me to see them beat a League 1 team if they get one in the next round.
  15. People and the game are quick to ban somebody that has said he doesnt believe in homosexuality, amongst other things. What crime has Folau committed? Has he hurt or attacks physically anybody? So why stop him from playing? Is it even legal to even try and stop him? We may not like what Folau believes or has said. But is that reason to ban him? What happened to freedom of speech? Funny how people and the game want to ban Folau, yet accept and even immortalize people Who are criminals or have regularly committed criminal acts like Drug taking/traffiking, physical attacks on others, including Partners, Police etc, fraud etc. Why is it OK to have repeat criminal offenders like Greg Bird, Andrew Johns, Zak Hardakre, Joel Tomkins, Shane Flanaghan, Kenny Edwards involved in the game and lauded as Heroes and not Folau Who has done nothing wrong I would rather have somebody like Folau involved in the game, that does not act like a dick or commit criminal acts before a few other individuals mentioned.
  16. 1.Rugby League After that theres a big gap until other sports like Cycling, Soccer, Winter Sports (Skiing, Luge, Bobsleigh, Biathlon, Handball, Cross Country Skiing), Handball etc that I enjoy watching. I couldnt say which i would put at 2nd or whatever.
  17. Glad to see the back of 2019. I spent around 37 weeks in Hospital for one reason or another (Stem cell treatment, Chemo, roblem with the lungs, low blood results (Thrombozyten, Leukozyten and HB) etc). Still am here and feel OK considering. I had Stem Cell treatment to try and repair some damage to my Bone Marrow in November. This looks to have worked to some degree but my Thrombozyten after rising to 94K are dropping again and at mo around 50K. My HB is around 11-which is the highest its been in 18 months! I hope to take a new anti-body this week and then every 3 weeks in future. Hopes are high this new medication gives many patients a good remission time. So I am feeling good and positive , as well as a bit frightened, as my blood levels are not the best and why I cant often get on a "Study" with new meds. I feel so useless and angry at myself at times for ruining or making life so hard for my wife and daughter as well as other family members. They just drop everything so often for me when I end up in Hospital etc. I feel so guilty that sometimes I physically cant do much as am so tired or my back with 5 ermanent fractures, means I cant use a vac, cut the grass etc due to putting pressure on back and possibly risk more damage. I just feel like a burden. I think mentally having an incurable disease like Myeloma is tougher than the physical battle. Least I can still walk the dog and fill/empty dishwasher etc. And I have a much better life than many others. Life is tough, but there are others like Rob Burrow, who have it harder and whi I get much inspiration from. I feel 2020 will be a better year for me . Very lucky to have great family and friends around the world for support. Many dont have that.
  18. Roosters internal problems with Mitchell could cause problems. Kyle Flanaghan is set to replace Cronk. Thats a big task for anybody esecially a kid with little experience. Having a young half and trying to get him to gel with the rest of the team will also take some time in my opinionn.I think they will struggle at first but would not be surprised to see them make a Grand Final. Canberra for me are my favourites for next year-They have recruited well again and dont really need to change too much. Storm, Bunnies, Eels, Cowboys will be up there challenging for a Grand Final Spot but feel they dont have the strength, experience and depth that the Raiders and Roosters possess in some key positions.
  19. Of course everything was done above board, with no questions needed to be answered. Some things that happened at Bradford, has no doubt been seen before at Crusaders, Wakefield, Halifax (Funny Mr Wood was involved there too) etc etc. I doubt any lessons will be learned from this by anybody. Bradford Bulls and the RFL for example are quite happy to have no transparency and feel they dont have to answer any questions on the matter. No real surprise that the game as a whole seems to have a similar attitude. Its why people often dont trust Clubs or those running the game.
  20. Gutted. Dont really know what else to say. Awful disease and makes you think how lucky we are.
  21. more money being thrown away by the RLI. Money should be used on development, not wasted money being paid to Nigel Wood and his friends.
  22. Keighley and Dewsbury are both awful. Like London sticking to same colours and design each year. Gives them some identity.
  23. Glad Fax are back to Blue and White Traditional Hoops. A Couple of negatives. Hate the Fax Badge-should go back to the coat of arms. Also It seems all Sponsors logos get shoved towards the top end of many Shirts these days-I dont like it.
  24. Some real poor Designs and effort this year. Sure my 4 year old could go better with her paints! Huddersfield away is a disgrace. Salford seem to think they are now Wigan. I think maybe if Warrington used a white Background and primrose and blue Chevrons the hoover Logo would have been better. Or even make the Logo smaller and not so in the face the shirt light be easier on the eye than it seems. York have done very well with 2 simple shirts. Both are cleanand Simple and not Destroyed by Sponsors Logos as often happens.
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