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  1. On 29/01/2020 at 11:08, The Phantom Horseman said:

    Only one I might disagree with there is Leigh -10. Dewsbury seem a bit more upbeat this season and on a Friday night in January this might be a close contest against a Leigh team who are probably still finding their feet as an attacking force.

    Confidence will be increased if Beaumont predicts an unbeaten season for Leigh beforehand.

    Dam talkerd ourselves out of it. Its going to be the only winner now. ??

    I read somwhere that Dewsbury completed in the upper 80's percentage wise. That's some beating if true and could be worrying signs for the season. I wonder when they will pull the trigger and bring the Bradford lads in that are sat in the stands for Hull Kr.


  2. 21 hours ago, The Phantom Horseman said:

    Only one I might disagree with there is Leigh -10. Dewsbury seem a bit more upbeat this season and on a Friday night in January this might be a close contest against a Leigh team who are probably still finding their feet as an attacking force.

    Confidence will be increased if Beaumont predicts an unbeaten season for Leigh beforehand.

    I got itchy feet over this one and took it out. I saw the match highlights from Bradford V York game and it were a bit of a mud bath. On paper they should beat the handicap quite easily but its likely to be a slogathon in the forwards and I don't see a massive gulf in quality in the packs.


  3. 12 hours ago, DOGFATHER said:

    I can only assume that the money involved is a fairly substantial amount, otherwise, why would Oldham need help in paying for the change of accommodation? Surely there own chairman could fund this out of his own pocket?

    As I am sure you are aware, finance has a large bearing on final league positions. Therefore, I am just a little surprised that one of the poorest clubs in the Championship are somehow finding the money to fund this, when that money could be used to strengthen the squad and help us to avoid relegation. If Oldham had to find this money, surely they would have less money available to strengthen their own squad, thus again improving our chances of staying up. I would have thought this was obvious from my previous post?

    If we are relegated this season and Oldham survive, which make no mistake is a very real possibility. I wonder how many clubs will be rallying round to help us to get out of L1 as a result of this fabulous gesture, after seeing what a great club we are? 

    The answer is, probably the same amount that have chipped in to help Oldham with their terrible predicament. Afterall, the "RL family" always look after there own,..

    but seemingly not in this case. 

    That is not to say that I disagree with the decision to do this. As I stated earlier, it is fantastic and the right thing to do, but I would have expected all of the other clubs in the "RL family" I keep hearing about, to either help out, or better still, pressure/shame the Rfl in to doing the right thing by one of its member clubs.

    I guess fax will have the buckets back out in support? Or did you have to pawn them to pay for your pre-season signings?

     

     

     

     

    Its about things been bigger than sport. Its about doing the right thing by your mates.

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  4. 12 hours ago, Les Tonks Sidestep said:

    Skybet offering some seemingly generous handicap odds eg Widnes -8 v Oldham

    Thats printing money. Oldham are going to struggle to be competitive this season. Im going to have a bit of that.

    Now just for giggles we all know that bookies love people betting on accas im going to give it a whirl. Will try to put them in order which I think is best value(Using Bet365) as can't get more than 50p on at Sky):-

    Widnes -10

    Toulouse -10

    Halifax -4

    Leigh -10

    London -8

    Fev -12


  5. 12 hours ago, DOGFATHER said:

    Whilst this is a fantastic gesture by the club, why on earth are Oldham not paying for this?

    I feel for Diskin and his mental issues as a result of what happened last season with Archive. But I fail to see what Oldham do in France has to do with Batley. The Oldham team won't be traumatised by what happened.

    So why are we getting involved and helping one of our biggest relegation rivals?

    We are short of centres and half backs, presumably missed out on signing Sammut due to money, yet we can fund a rivals' hotel bill in France and also give 20% of the travelling support revenue to one of the clubs that regularly pick off our better players. at what is likely to be one of our highest attended games.

    I'm all for helping people/clubs out, but we never seem to get our outstanding generosity reciprocated.

     

     

    In regards to the Whys? Oldham probably can not afford to pay for the hotel and sometimes things are bigger than sport and sometimes just because its the right thing to do. For those people who found the young lad and the weight of feeling responsibly for your players welfare, its hard to even begin to imagine what they went through and are going through. The RFL refusing to change the hotel, when they spend money on all sorts of stupid stuff, is quite frankly a disgrace. State of mind when it suits them.

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  6. 57 minutes ago, Tony F said:

    Well at least the supporters know where they stand in the pecking order now. 

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    I saw that tweet and cringed. Players(and their families) come and go but when its all said and done theres only one group of people that are still there through it all.


  7. 14 hours ago, Bartholemew Smythe said:

    Still it could be worse being a Fax fan ?

    The last 8 years have been one big disappointment unless you count making the 8's and not winning a game, to some people that is a success. ??

    Seriously though after last season where we expected so much, this season would have to be a total disaster to top it and we still cling to the hope that every year where there has been no expectations we seem to do pretty well.

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  8. Im surprised so many people tipping Leigh to top the league. Even their most staunch fans will probably admit their recruitment has not been what they thought it would be. Their pre-season has not been great and they look to be lacking up front and Im not sure Gerrard or Bienek will do much to change that but more worrying for them they go in to the season without knowing who their first choice halves are. The logistics of having 4 players in training all thinking they should be starters in key positions could prove to be a nightmare even more so for the players around them with all 4 been completley different types of players. 

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  9. How I see the campionship in response to Serious RL predictions:-

    I think Oldham and Haven will go straight back down and that will be established pretty quick meaning 4 teams above them probably have nothing to play for a good few games before the end of the season. 

    I think they have the next 4 right(Swinton, Bradford, Dewsbury, and Batley) but no idea of what order. Swinton seem to have a habit of winning games where as Bradford will struggle with their wafer thin squad and will be in that group of 4. I don't think Dewsbury or Batley have signed that well outside of Shaun Lunt or at least not well enough to have any impact on the top 8.

    The group of 3 above with Widnes, Fax, and Sheffield probably have top 5 ambitions and one of those could sneak in to the top 5 but I doubt any have realistic top 3 ambitions. The top 5 to pick the order is tough. For me I think Fev will top the league, on paper have a very good squad backed up by DR from Leeds. Im going for Toulouse second as they are good every year and its tough for teams to go over there but like every year it will be their away form that dictates if they can top the league. Ive gone York next again as I think they have signed shrewdly and will want to kick on from last season. London next as they have lost a lot of players but still look strong and then Leigh in 5th as they have not signed as strong as everyone thought they would do.

    That top 5 though could really be in any order but I think out of the top 5 if 2 were to suprisingly miss out on the top 5 it would be Leigh and London although York do have a bit of pressure on them after last season and won't be going under the radar.

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    I made those predictions before the last round of friendlies. After playing York at the weekend I must say I expected more from them and in my opinion I now put them as one of the teams that could miss out on the top 5. I now see Fev and Toulouse needing a disaterous season to miss the top 5 where as the other 3 mentioned could easily slip. Out of the top 8 Im predicting that Leigh will have the most disappointed supporters come the end of the season.


  10. I think it should be a good season as long as you dont end up in the bottom 9. I think Oldham and Haven will go straight back down and that will be established pretty quick meaning 4 teams above them probably have nothing to play for a good few games before the end of the season. 

    I think they have the next 4 right but no idea of what order. Swinton seem to have a habit of winning games where as Bradford will struggle with their wafer thin squad and will be in that group of 4. I don't think Dewsbury or Batley have signed that well outside of Shaun Lunt or at least not well enough to have any impact on the top 8.

    The group of 3 above with Widnes, Fax, and Sheffield probably have top 5 ambitions and one of those could sneak in to the top 5 but I doubt any have top 3 ambitions. The top 5 to pick the order is tough. For me I think Fev will top the league, on paper have a very good squad backed up by DR from Leeds. Im going for Toulouse second as they are good every year and its tough for teams to go over there but like every year it will be their away form that dictates if they can top the league. Ive gone York next again as I think they have signed shrewdly and will want to kick on from last season. London next as they have lost a lot of players but still look strong and then Leigh in 5th as they have not signed as strong as everyone thought they would do.

    That top 5 though could really be in any order but I think out of the top 5 if 2 were to suprisingly miss out on the top 5 it would be Leigh and London although York do have a bit of pressure on them after last season and won't be going under the radar.

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  11. 16 hours ago, Wolford6 said:

    I'm going on the assumption that we've signed a thug with acknowledged talent. Anything less on the enforcer front will be a pleasant surprise.

    We do genuinely need someone to look after our youngsters if the opposition tries bullying tactics. We don't need anyone to start fights that our youngsters will get drawn into.

    After his previous issues with drug-testing, I suspect  he'll be one of the first players nominated for 2020 testing.

    He were a very talented player its just a shame he threw away his career with over hyping himself, bad choices, and the rest.  On a side note someone desparate to get back in to the game he loved would surely have been training the house down ready for his return to the game. By all accounts he came back in terible shape which is going to ask a lot of questions.


  12. On 29/12/2019 at 13:12, Oxford said:

    Can't agree with this at all.

    I don't think Walker is anything other than a run of the mill fullback. Lui looked good playing alongside Hastings and again I wouldn't say he is near the top 5 or 6 standoff in SL. Gale is quality but I would be surprised if he hits the form he showed at Cas for a while. Dwyer always stood out in the championship and although I rate hit again I wouldnt be taking him if I had to pick 5 or 6 other hookers out of SL. As I said I think they look pretty average, as a whole hey are going to be way better than Huddersfield and Hull KRs choices but nowhere near the top teams.

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