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Magic XIII

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  1. 1 Fijian and 4 Aussies, all within the rules I believe and to complete the 19, 5 cockneys, 1 Frenchman, 8 northerners (of who 4 have been down here for 2+ years), no dual reg or loan players. Now that correction is out of the way. Well done yesterday. I was one of the hardly 40 Broncos fans there and I applaud Oldham both on and off the field. New league, new venue, glad it was us visiting so teething troubles could be ironed out. No doubt plenty of effort on the field but lacking a little cutting edge, but lots of positive signs. Good luck for the rest of the season - oh, and you are missing a trick by not opening the ground and bar until 2pm !
  2. I think you are being a little disingenuous here. I was also there and did not come away thinking League had been outdone in the slightest. There were 3 of 4 guests with Union backgrounds (and Kev currently) and so you would expect 75% of the conversation to be about the union. I think League got far more than 25% and with respect to the other guests they were referencing League throughout and LD relating stories of his possible code switch, etc. Clare Balding is a huge fan of League and of Kev and she wasn’t backward in stating that. Maggie Alphonsi was a really good advert for women’s union and came across exceptionally well, Shane Williams pretty funny and humble too, Lawrence confident with tales to tell – Kev, classy, anecdotes, decent contributions, all round represented himself and League superbly – especially the joke about being used to playing at Headingley in front of 17/1800 rather than just 17 or 18 ! You can see for yourself on Thursday.
  3. London is Wes Naiqama and vice captain Daniel Harrison. Really enjoyable fans Open Day yesterday, with a good vibe. Only two players not there one sorting visa out in PNG, the other up t'north ...........
  4. So, if DH had dropped you a line and admitted he could have done things better and apologised for his errors, would Mrs Spicer been inclined to come back ?
  5. Let's be honest the day would never suit everyone. Its fallen well for me and another 3 St Albans based adults plus our offspring for Monday - we decided to take an afternoons leave - but a Sunday would have been impossible for all with day long kids sport. We are not talking a small town here where fans can pop along to an event, we are talking a fan base spread far and wide. Nothing Broncos related will ever be ideal for everyone, its a sad fact of life.
  6. Why does this concern you ? If David Hughes feels he can foot the bills this year, then so what ? But I do agree on Towergate and why they walked away, very odd.
  7. London's to be announced on Monday at Fans Day, along with squad numbers, etc. Should be a fun afternoon.
  8. Sorry, but I dont agree. You could pick a very strong 17 - Kear, Williams, Naiqama, Stapleton, Macani, Eliab, Barthau, Slyney, Cunningham, Offerdahl, Harrison, Garside, Lovegrove - Ackers, Thackeray, Ioane, Battye ...... and still have in reserve young guys who competed well last year Wallace, Everett, Hellewell, works in progress Keyes, Davis, Walker and guys used to this level Leatherbarrow and Bussey
  9. Agree with all the above but would add, his kicking game is/was awful and this needs huge improvement. I have no idea of the merits of Scott Leatherbarrow but I hope he is to standard and offers Barthau challenge. Similarly, Eliab and Keyes vying for stand off spot. As far as I am aware the squad is now finalised, all players in pre season, with Ioane expected this week, and Eliab, subject to visa, plus Offerdahl will be playing for the US in the next few weeks. This is a good position. The real dross from last year has gone and with any luck the current mob will settle unlike Luke Adamson and not want to go back to mummy, and we wont have idiots like Foran and the prop who legged it early in the season.
  10. Beaumont and Wood probably contrived this non sense over a pie and pint, yesterday
  11. I think we are slipping under the radar. After the abysmal effort of last season when a FT squad failed to compete in a really tough Championship, we are now a year wiser and a squad that seems to be more adept to compete. We have moved on some of the wasters and I think we are one good half back and possibly a centre short of a very good squad.
  12. I completely agree with Daddy Merged. There are vast swathes of this country completely untouched by rugby league, and those that are which sit outside the heartlands are left to fend for themselves. The complete mismanagement and neglect of the Sport England Funding of Development Officers was a sad reflection on the governing bodies 'tick box exercise'. A handful of years on, the work of those DO, aka LEGACY - are nowhere to be seen, certainly in these parts. The RFL think there are magic beans that will suddenly grow into supporters, players, volunteers. I despair of the lack of resource offered to London and South. A huge area and - I stand to be corrected - no RFL body on the ground. I have been involved in the game down here for many years and current frustration does not sum it up. The complete lack of joined up thinking is amateurish - Community Clubs, Minis and Juniors, Champions Schools, Embed the Pathway, Skolars, Hemel, Broncos and the RFL, not one seem to be taking control and giving direction, so much so I believe the game in these parts is going backwards. The picture elsewhere might be more positive, but I suspect not.
  13. Trouble is the general mastermind of unease on RLFans is also on here, he's like a bad smell. That said he has actually started commenting on rugby matters and not just financials and his dislike of David Hughes, so perhaps the worm has turned.
  14. If we top 150 I'd be amazed - well as amazed as I am when long standing supporters cant be bothered ! Its a final after all,
  15. To be fair we are in the same boat in terms of youngsters - Davis, Walker, Sid, Everett, Keyes, Pointer, Gray, Wallace u20, the remainder bar Thackray and Henderson early/mid 20s We have done it tough this year losing significant and experienced players - Mathers, Slyney, Farrar, Naiquama, Thackray, Harrison - for large parts or all of the season, (not counting those wasters Foran, Cordoba and L Adamson who walked out/left at start of season), so missing squad numbers 1 3 6 8 10 13, that's a big impact. So the young blokes had to step up. Hopefully this will serve them well for 2016.
  16. Its a shame that the RFL didnt consider a venue closer to London save us making the umpteenth trek up the M1 and M6 this season - we might have filled two dug outs Must be hard supporting a team where away matches are with small villages on your district border ?
  17. The referee was woeful, agreed but please don’t detract from your excellent performance. You schooled us. Full time yes, but seasoned no. We needed cool heads in the halves but Seymour and Thackeray gave the kids a lesson. We needed aggression in the pack, but the young fellas are big in stature but not in maturity and Jackson et al showed them how it’s done. Can’t really comment on the sending off as I couldn’t see what happened, but Naiqama ‘high shot’, well we see them every week, and the result is the same, penalty. Not pretty, agreed, but correct decision. But there were other points that need to be addressed 1) our second try, forward pass J. I nearly pi$$ed myself 2) Macani brought down, there appeared to be no ‘held’, got up and ran on line at his mercy, only to be penalised 3) high shot on Macani at full pace (reference Naiqama) 4) the carry on with Kear was comical, Rams player prevented him getting the ball to take quick tap and then proceeded to drive him back into the fencing any wonder it ended in fisticuffs !!! Ok, a bit one eyed and I am sure you could list more Rams issues, but it led to a compelling if not scrappy game and the crowd got right into it. Fortunately David Hughes continues to back the club and I am sure he would have preferred the extra £300k income from top 4, but the reality is he has bank rolled the club now for too long and the fact we are already signing up players on two year deals, suggests we have a longer term plan (I hope !!!)
  18. Might be a way of saying he has significant family issues and these come before rugby. You have never made made any secret of your dislike for the man, but questioning his integrity is a damn low shot.
  19. Maybe this is the case in the 'heartlands' but not in somewhere like London where the Broncos can't attract any moderate to high profile northerners and do not have the quality of juniors coming through in sufficient numbers to fill that talent gap. They are snookered.
  20. Incorrect, the first was against us, the second against you evened things up.
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