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  1. A bit of a milestone on Sunday as well, it will be our 250th game as a club, the longest lasting Welsh club in rugby league. https://www.northwalescrusadersrlfc.co.uk/
  2. If we play like we did in the first half against Dons in the playoffs last year, we've got no chance. If we play like we did in the second half, we're in for a cracker.
  3. Just read in the local press about closure of the M56, east of the M6 towards Manchester Airport. Please check in case it affects your choice of route on Sunday. https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/21117012.holidaymakers-warned-section-m56-close/
  4. Now confirmed on the club's social media, Sunday 11th at Eirias Park, k.o. 14:30. It was reported in the North Wales press several months ago that Conwy Council are bidding for £10m levelling up finding to develop the stadium. They want it to be in use all year round for rugby, athletics and concerts.
  5. I hope you're right, I'm at a family wedding in Criccieth on the 10th, Mrs can drop me off in Colwyn Bay on the way home on the 11th. It's all a bit confusing this pitch business, 4G or not 4G, union team playing the first nine weeks of their season away from home or not? Nothing in the public domain as to what is happening, but if we can host the playoffs in Colwyn Bay, then great.
  6. Fair assessment and thanks for the compliments and good luck message. A good day out today, visited a couple of decent pubs (the Volunteers and the Boltmaker), and got into the ground just in time for kick off. From our perspective, the first half was typical of our previous visits to Cougar Park, where we never ever seem to get any luck. We had a couple of decent spells of pressure in the second half, but the excellent Cougars defence just soaked it up, and the six points we scored at the end could prove to be vital next weekend. Considering the high standard in League 1 this year, I would say that this Keighley team is the best that we have seen in this league since we joined eleven years ago.
  7. There's a nice diagram of the playoff structure in this Wikipedia article. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RFL_League_1
  8. There are now just two teams, ourselves and Rochdale Hornets, who stand between Keighley and a perfect season. Oh well, it's a good day out this time of year.
  9. Congratulations to Keighley, by far the best team we have played this year and very worthy champions, best of luck to you in the Championship next year.
  10. Lucky for us, the Rochdale kicker left his kicking boots at home, although it did feel like 12 against 14 for the last 15 minutes or so. A win's a win and we now have to try and enjoy what's left, not only of the season, but this fine side that Anthony Murray and his coaching team have built. All eyes on the Keepmoat today, a win for Keighley will not only confirm their promotion, it will also guarantee at least third place for the Cru. A win for Doncaster will give them real momentum and confidence going into the playoffs. Spoke to Anthony Murray after the game (as usual, he came to the Park to chat with the fans). He said that he has not got another job lined up and just needs to take a break. He'd like to stay in the game, so we will have to wait and see, but he is North Wales Crusaders through and through. Also spoke to a director regarding a home venue for the playoffs. I was told that the move to Warrington is a one off and that we will be back at Eirias Park for the playoffs. He sounded very confident, although I'm just keeping my fingers crossed and hoping he's proved right.
  11. I share your disappointment, I've booked my last available half day off work to go to the game, not sure if I can make it now. Looking on the bright side for Swinton, it's not so far for you to travel and I expect Swinton fans will be in the majority on the day.
  12. Druids would have us back tomorrow, problem is their pitch is only certified for football, not for rugby. As for the Hollywood owners at Wrexham FC, I doubt if they have ever heard of us, or even be remotely aware that we used to play there, Wrexham Supporters Trust will have made sure of that during the takeover. All the talk a few weeks ago regarding the pitch works at Eirias, is that it is being replaced with a new artificial surface, although I can't find anything on the internet to confirm this. If this is the case, you can be sure that the council will not want to lose out on the union under 20's six nations, so it will be the required standard for rugby.
  13. RGC are reversing their first two home fixtures, which are on 10th September and 8th October due to the pitch works. So with the League 1 playoff final on the first weekend in October, it does appear that the ground will be unavailable for the rest of the season.
  14. With Eirias Park being unavailable due to the pitch being relaid, our last home game of the regular season will be played at Victoria Park, in Warrington, on Saturday 3rd September, KO at 14:30. I expect that re-arranging this game has been a huge challenge to the club, and highlights the obstacles we face in North Wales when we can't secure a venue in our own area. I also expect the situation is further complicated by the likelihood of us finishing second or third and gaining "home" advantage in the playoffs.
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