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  1. Signing Scottish Internationalist Doctor Dave Scott as a player/coach is a massive achievement for the Bears. He has a wealth of experience on and off the pitch. He has played with and against world top class players. In 2019, he became Scotland’s all-time top try scorer. https://www.scotlandrl.com/2020/04/15/david-scott-a-scottish-rugby-league-local-hero/ With Richard Squires at the coaching helm ably assisted by Dave Scott, the Bears will be shaped into an excellent rugby league 1 team. Then they will start to maul opposition teams. This season is going to be incredibly exciting.
  2. Congratulations to Doctor David Scott. This looks to be a fantastic opportunity for him. All the best Scotty.
  3. Scotty’s attack play is good. Go and look back at some of our 2018 tries and see how they happened. The team play was great. Scotty, all the best for Donny. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Currently on page 17 on Forum – was Posted 4th August 2018 by Batley Bob. July try of the month 2018 Scotty was involved in three of these four tries. Try 1 Passes: 9 to 3 to 1 to 3 to 9 try by Leak Good back handed pass to Scotty, Scotty’s one handed lob back to 3, then in support of Leak to try line. Try 2 Passes: 9 to 1 to 15 try by Harrison. Leak’s line break, pass to Scotty, Scotty’s run and he held opposition fullback and then passed to Harrison. Try 3 Reittie try. Great passing and great run. Try 4 Passes: 7 to 1 to 31 to 4 to 23 try by Campbell. Scotty’s short pass inside to Jouffret leading to line break. Excellent play by Jouffret. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ One of the September tries of month 2018 Passes: 31 to 1 try by Scotty. Collected by Jouffret behind posts. Jouffret run. Scotty in support. Pass to Scotty at 35 metres. 65m race by Scotty to try line.
  4. Grayfriers Bobby? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyfriars_Bobby
  5. In 2017 Scotty made 31 appearances for the Bulldogs. He scored 12 tries and kicked 10 goals. He was Man of Match 2 times. Then in November 2017, he was injured in Australia playing for Scotland. In 2018 Scotty again made 31 appearances for the Bulldogs. This time he scored 13 tries and kicked 29 goals. Also, he was Man of the Match 3 times. By direct comparison, it can be seen that from 2017 to 2018, Scotty scored more tries, kicked more goals and was MoM more times. These stats refute any opinion that Scotty’s performance was poorer after his injury at the end of 2017. If anything, the stats show an improved performance in 2018.
  6. We have lost another great Championship player. The team is weakened by this. We lost Dom Brambani, Patch Walker, Jamie Davey, and Cain Southernwood. With the departure of each of these players, the team slide further down the league tables. Walker’s organizational skills excelled in getting the team round the pitch. Brambani, Davey, Southernwood and Scotty took good advantage of opportunities. Now Scotty is away and he is only 27. He was reported by the media to be one of the best fullbacks in Championship. His defensive organisation of the team stopped tries going in against us. As last line of defence, he would put himself on the line, and time and again tries were stopped. His ability to catch the high ball was fantastic. Often he did this under pressure. How he manages to out jump taller players is incredible. He has an ability to pass of right hand and left hand equally well. His support play is superb. A number of his tries came from quick offloads. Others tries came from his fast pace. When he started goal kicking, many of us were astounded by his boot ability. He won a good number of Batley awards. He has had more than a fair share of man of the match votes. Many people have said that if he was a bit taller he would be in Super League. This just goes to show that he is a talented skillful rugby player. He is a Scottish International player. In 2019, Scotty became Scotland’s all-time top try scorer. He knows when to takes his opportunities. https://www.scotlandrl.com/2020/04/15/david-scott-a-scottish-rugby-league-local-hero/ From the stats, he has played in 189 Championship matches. Also, he played 18 international games. These records shout: experience, experience, experience. On the other hand, Hooley, who is 22, has played in 24 Championship games and a number of League 1 games. He was released from Wakefield and did not play first team rugby. He was on loan to Dewsbury, but he was not signed by Dewsbury. Right from the start of 2020, the relatively inexperienced Hooley seemed to be Batley’s preferred fullback. This is odd, as normally players need to fight for a position, and not be given it on a plate. Finally, I came across this internet article: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/David_Scott88 So Scotty has a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Hull in the Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science. He must be the only rugby league player with a PhD. His research concerns the conditioning and coaching of rugby league players. Wow! Scotty has brains. Not only does Batley need brains on the pitch, Batley needs brains off the pitch. Sadly, I am certain that the Bulldogs will live to regret Doctor Scotty’s departure.
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