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Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

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  • Birthday 12/07/1950

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    near Salisbury
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    sport (RL [obviously!], table tennis [as a player], ice hockey, GAA, shinty), choral music (especially the Anglican tradition), family history (in Shetland), bird-watching

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  1. The 31-player, French squad breaks down thus. 9 are from St Esteve/XIII Catalan (i.e. Les Dracs); there are 4 each from Toulouse Olympique, Avignon and Villeneuve; Carcassonne, Entraigues, Albi and Lezignan each contribute 2; and there is one from both of Limoux and Carpentras.
  2. Apologies, but I am a day late with this. Yesterday was the 162nd anniversary of the Blaydon races, as described by the contemporary song-writer, George Ridley Aa went to Blaydon Races, 'twas on the ninth of Joon, Eiteen hundred an' sixty-two, on a summer's efternoon; Aa tyuk the 'bus frae Balmbra's, an' she wis heavy laden, Away we went 'lang Collin'wood Street, that's on the road to Blaydon.
  3. Great news, which my daughter (aged 36) excitedly told me about at the weekend! I wonder whether, with advances in technology, the voice of Wallace will be Peter Sallis.
  4. And Salisbury Cathedral, and one of the original Magna Carta copies, and the oldest working clock in England (thought to date from the late 14th century and is believed to have ticked over 500 million times!) and a bit of the New Forest (the bit where Shadow lives) and parts of the North Wessex Downs, to name a few more notable attributes. I am not a native of Wiltshire, but do appreciate its merits.
  5. About an hour ago, I went outside to sit on the garden seat on the patio and watch for bats. There were just a couple - one of pipistrelle size and the other a bit bigger. Neither came out of our loft space and neither were as big as the serotine bats who sometimes inhabit our loft. Stealing the show, however, was a song thrush that flew into the highest tree in my next door neighbour's garden and then gave a brilliant, virtuoso recital for the best part of ten minutes. I cannot be sure, but I suspect it never repeated a previous phrase. The beautiful strength and clarity of its singing was just stunning; you cannot beat nature like this!
  6. Some sports have a contested recommencement of play after a goal has been scored; ice hockey and shinty come to mind. The difference between them is that in ice hockey, if a player wins the face off by drawing back the puck, he knows that only his team mates are behind him, whereas in shinty (as in some other sports such as Gaelic football, hurling and, I think, Aussie rules) both teams can place players anywhere on the pitch. Aussie rules and the GAA sports use a contested start for each timed period of play, but, after a score, I think the team conceding that score has possession of the ball to restart play, but from near their own goal. We could, I suppose, adopt one of the options offered by Gaelic and Aussie rules football. In the former, the ball is thrown in the air between competing players; in the latter, it is bounced on the ground in front of the competing players. After noting all those options, I am happy for RL to stick to what it does now. However, more thought could be given to the nature of the kick off. I remember Pat Richards in his time at, first, the Warriors and, then, Les Dracs using, with some success, a steepling kick-off that fell about thirty yards out from the opponents' goal-line. Given the height he achieved, his team mates had an outside chance of being able to contest for it, or, failing that, were quickly able to effect a tackle. I also think that a low trajectory kick aimed at bouncing and finding touch about thirty yards out might be tried more often. Sadly, we may currently lack a mavarick, such as Lee Briers or Tony Gigot, who might have tried that.
  7. The Yorkshire Post is reporting that Goole Vikings have submitted, or are planning to submit, an expression of interest to join League 1.
  8. As a Dracs' fan, I have very mixed feelings about this game. On the one hand, I am obviously disappointed by the result. On the other, it was close and intense, and as such was a very good game to watch; well done to both teams. It somewhat restores my faith in our game having seen a few rather ordinary games of late. It was also good to be reminded that a low scoring game can be a very good game, not least of all because, by definition, it is close. Before the season began, I thought that this year - and possibly next too - would be one of rebuilding for the Dragons. So, their success so far this season has already exceeded my expectations for them. I thought they would finish about sixth, and I still do. There is nothing much wrong with the Dracs' defence - today, they have conceded 16 points against a side averaging 26 per game - but their attack has started to look very ordinary. They need to think, in particular, about their half-backs; Fages looks steady, but no more, while Abdull looks increasingly unable to impose himself on a game. Well done, the Wire - a deserved win.
  9. Don't worry about missing out on the champagne, Worzel, if that is the sparkling white on offer. When you want some fizz, I recommend Blanquette de Limoux - much more actual taste, and you support the wine industry in and around the home of the current (for a few days more!) French RL champions.
  10. Thanks, Harry. Your question is a good one, but I think is essentially answered by Click. I don't know to what extent the RFL put themselves forward as a source of grant funding knowledge. Even if they do, as Click suggests, smaller funders and their programmes may not unreasonably slip through the net. What I would hope is that the RFL try and keep some sources of knowledge to hand so that, if an amateur club seeks advice and guidance, some can be given. Or, alternatively, maybe the RFL keeps contact details for councils of voluntary service and community foundations, at least in the heartland areas of our game, who could offer good advice to amateur RL clubs. Helping projects secure funding featured in my career, and still does on a voluntary basis in my retirement. My 'bible' used to be the Directory of Grant Making Trusts. It is easy to use, in that as well as a brief description of each funder, there are also categorized indices. So, for instance, when I was recently seeking grant aid for my village church to cover the cost of moving the font (not cheap!) and building a servery/kitchenette in the vacated space, I could search under categories such as funders who like church projects and/or like community projects and/or show some preference for Wiltshire projects. Most funders priorities don't change that frequently, so I picked up a recent edition (2020/21) of the directory second-hand for £41 on either ebay or Amazon (forget which!) and located two trusts I didn't know about, who, between them, have offered us grants totalling £12,400 - not a bad return for forty-one quid!
  11. I know that some of you work with children's rugby league teams, so I thought you might be interested to know about a grant scheme which has just been brought to my attention. The grant programme is called 'Kits 4 Kids' and a maximum grant of £750 is available, specifically for sports team clothing. This grant programme is from the Poundland Foundation; here is the link - Apply for Support | Poundland Foundation BUT HURRY! The closing date is in ten days' time, the 24th.
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