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Colin James

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  1. They had longer than Swinton and it hasn't been a problem for the mighty Lions who are now level on points with Halifax.
  2. Good luck to Bradford, it's a dangerous move to leave your own town without a concrete plan to return and I say that as a 30 year-old Swinton fan who has never seen his club play in its own town. I get that the ground is a relic that has been a millstone around the Bradford neck for years but once it's gone it's gone. Pinning hopes on the council building something is fanciful when local councils have no money for basic services It's easy to say with hindsight but perhaps they should have had this sorted when they were in a position of strength with huge crowds and the UK economy was much more favourable towards development. Great news for Dewsbury though, they'll be able to spend a lot more next year with the additional income and it should see them well clear of relegation troubles.
  3. Whenever this topic is brought up people start talking about current crowds at Swinton, Salford, Oldham, Rochdale. They talk about how simply changing the name wouldn't add to that and would possibly detract from it. I don't think for one second that if the Lions were to rebrand in any way, that it would be a standalone action and that anyone at the club is deluded enough to think thousands will suddenly start flocking to games on the back of a name change. Yet this is what people always portray. The club is in a stronger place than it was two years ago both on and off the field but it can only be relative baby steps given the circumstances.
  4. Doesn't matter what we call it if we only play a couple of times a year.
  5. You make it sound like there are specialist reserve sides. I expect SL clubs will simply hold onto academy graduates for a year or two longer to fill their reserves. Remember academy age is lowering to 18 so there should be plenty of 19 year olds at the clubs. This could benefit late bloomers. They aren't going to be hunting out players who are reserves for Championship/League One clubs.
  6. I have sympathy with both sides here. Until the RFL give reasons I'm not going to be joining the lynch mob. If we want SL reserves to have some value they need to be playing competitive games. Are they going to get that against Keighley reserves? I'm not sure walkovers help anyone. I know Dual Registration isn't popular but it does expose young players to genuine competitive games and everything that entails. If the reserves is to largely replace that then it has to have as high a standard as possible. I could understand if they made the decision on this basis but it does seem a bit harsh on those clubs that have been running reserves up to now. In an idea world we'd have a two tiered system which keeps everyone happy if enough teams are interested. On the other hand, it seems strange to effectively kill reserve teams that are established and only serves to reinforce the SL v the rest feeling in the sport at the moment.
  7. You've won four games all season. To suggest the coach's position is in jeopardy because of a referee is quite the deflection.
  8. You twice took points off us last season by flopping to the deck on the hooter to con the ref into giving you a penalty. Can argue that these things even themselves out over time. We've been shafted a few times this season, on this occasion we got the rub of the green.
  9. So SL teams drawn in the same group would play each other twice in the cup plus twice in the league, maybe at Magic too and then could meet in the play offs? Also Championship has 14 teams, who are they excluding to get 12 entrants from the division? More holes in this plan than a colander.
  10. Perhaps there should be a ruling whereby you can only pick five players with squad numbers above 19 at any one time.
  11. "Penalty try (d) the Referee may award a penalty try if, in his opinion, a try would have been scored but for the unfair play of the defending team. A penalty try is awarded between the goal posts irrespective of where the offence occurred" He gave a foul inches outside the try line. Had Dallimore not made that foul it was a nailed on try.
  12. Hard luck today I think we had the rub of the green on a few things but the best team won. You started really well offloading for fun but as a couple of you said, we knew we would score points if we got into your 30 and attacked the edges. You looked a better attacking side when our former player Ben White came on but prior to that we looked fairly comfortable defending our line. On Dallimore, I'm not sure if those commenting about discipline saw the game but he got 10 mins for a professional foul that saved a certain try. Not sure that counts as poor discipline although it is a mystery why a penalty try wasn't awarded. I think you outscored us while he was off the field so you could argue he did the right thing! I have seen a few comments on here about how your squad should be doing better and you recruited well but to be honest I don't see it. Good luck for the rest of the season. Not over yet, Batley look to be struggling badly.
  13. Firstly I'm not sure you can compare rugby league with the civil rights movement in any kind of seriousness. We can have roots, heritage and tradition without being 'a local sport for local people'. You only have to look at the comments on any topic about Toronto in particular to see that a lot of people who purport to be RL fans would rather we kept the game within easy reach of the M62. They don't like outsiders. My point is a show where every accent is from Yorkshire or Wigan and every other word is a profanity, where the facilities shown are ancient and crumbling and crowds are in the hundreds rather than thousands isn't going to paint a great picture of our sport. That's what I remember of RLR. It was real and that's what the game was (is?) like but that's not what we want to sell to the world. If we want to grow participation and interest we need to make the athletes the stars rather than whichever coach can make funny quips and shout the loudest. Show the skill, the toughness, the commitment and the excitement first and foremost and not have it as a sideshow.
  14. So did I. But we don't need people who already like the sport to watch though do we? We've never been better served as RL fans for quality content be it TV coverage, OuRLeague, podcasts, Twitter or YouTube. But it's stuck in the RL bubble. The primary benefit of mainstream FTA coverage would be exposure to people outside the bubble. I just feel that an RLR style show won't help us attract sponsors with a bit more prestige than Mushy Peas. Of course anything is better than nothing and quite frankly we will take anything we can get but I do hope the sport is portrayed as professionally as possible, not as a northern novelty akin to gravy wrestling or coal carrying.
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