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Wholly Trinity

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  1. They were sent a warning letter (along with 4 other clubs) that if their ground wasn't upgraded or replaced then they would be in danger of not receiving a licence in 2012. See spoiler alert above. Did you answer my question?
  2. They were conditions from the first licensing round in 2009 not on promotion in 1998. Spoiler alert: they were given a licence in 2012.
  3. What you posted. The club was never told to upgrade the ground as a condition of entry.
  4. Which current SL club "had the money" to upgrade their ground? Asking for a friend
  5. This is the fundamental issue, but... I can accept a 2 divisions of 10 SL as long as it's a time-limited stepping stone to the 2 conferences version. It has to be a means to an end. The only good thing to come out of the 8s debacle is that it increased the quality and interest of the second tier by playing regular games against the top flight teams. So, here's my take: Initially, 2 divisions of 'SL 10s' for limited time only (say, 5 years, but coordinated with selling the TV rights) after which two equal conferences. This allows time for new teams to develop and existing teams to get up to speed. All teams should be full time with reserves and academies by the end of the phasing-in period. Each team plays home and away against its own division and 5 home 5 away against the other division. The cross-divisional games are spread through the season. The same structure would apply to the conferences. At the moment, the gap between the top 10 and bottom 10 is too wide, so any mixed conferences would involve more than half the games (15/28) as one-sided affairs. 18 + 10 = 28 regular fixtures (14 home games) Challenge cup, potentially up to 5 games - SL1 only enter at last 16, so 4 rounds Play-offs, up to 4 games - top 16, highest placed at home against lowest placed, straight knock-out. With 2 conferences it would be top 8 from each one. Having expanded play-offs means that it makes it one competition as all teams can (in theory) win the main prize at the start of the season. Each year, the bottom 4 teams' places will be up for review and compared with teams outside the 20 (franchise style) Magic (if retained) as a 9s comp with proper sponsorship and an irresistible prize fund to ensure 1st team representation. All teams would play on both days, keeping more fans attending both days. The 9s have never been done properly over here and the magic weekend is an ideal opportunity to establish it. Invitational teams, women's comp etc. fill the whole weekend. A total of between 31 and 38 games. Internationals can be played on weekends of cross-division games. All teams must release players selected. I have no issue with games played on the same weekend, just not the same day. P & R between the 2 divisions - 2 up to down initially and maybe increasing to 3 up 3 down towards the end of the divisions. Sky money initially divided by 30 with SL1 getting 2 shares (1/15) and SL2 getting one share (half of SL1). Money to be gradually equalised as the conference structure approaches.
  6. Apologies if the points have been made before, but I haven't had time to read all 1.2k replies. Why don't we turn it round on them? Imply that the Aussies are running scared of losing their status as world rugby's top team (sic). They may have passed off losing to NZ in 2008 as a fluke and forgotten how close they were to losing last time out and getting beat by Tonga in 2019. #FearOfLosing Also, how silly will their covid excuse look if we're down to a handful of cases by the start of the tournament. While clearly this may not be the case, as it's too early to tell whether the government's big vaccine gamble will pay off, it is a possibility. The number of cases has suddenly dipped in the last few days, but it could be temporary; a new variant could be just around the corner.
  7. It's the humidity that gets you. Reducing your body's ability to stay cool. I live in a place where it's 28-30 degrees every day, all year round and it's fine, no ac required. We are at 800m plus altitude, so the thinner air reduces humidity. The middle east is a different prospect, very dry but overheating is an issue with ambient temperatures above body temperature of 37 degrees.
  8. There seems to be a slight change of emphasis on their reasons for crying off. From 'it will disrupt our preseason' to 'the risk of catching covid in the UK is too high'. Surely they have time to get all participants vaccinated before then (3 months?) Even if they have to pay for them. Assuming they are not just looking for excuses
  9. No team has played more games than cas, but Wigan & Wire have also played 16. They've cancelled one, had one cancelled on them and fielded a severely weakened team the week before the final. Their impact on the integrity of league positions is significant.
  10. Crowds follow successful teams. Wakefield have not won a major competition since 1968. They haven't even contested a major final since 1979. Both Cas' and Fev's recent record is better. They have also been a financial basket case for a generation or two. Which is why I said potential attendances. If WMDC had only one SL club and that club was reasonably successful with modern facilities (is that the biggest IF you've ever seen?), then a club carrying the Wakefield name would attract slightly bigger crowds (IMO). That Wakefield can attract 5k+ with their current stadium facilities, financial limitations and recent record is strangely impressive. I would put current maximum potential, with RL in its current profile, as 15k for a 'Wakefield' team and 10k for a district team.
  11. Featherstone could well be the new Keighley. Despite the digs at the facilities in WMDC and the relative improvement in stadium quality provided by Fev, the "powers that be" do not want more than one club in the top flight, but definitely want to keep one. It is a true hotbed of RL, even considering the recent decline in participation. (3/10 women's SL teams). The obvious answer was the M-word, but we know the history of that. IMHO, if/when one of the current teams gets a significant stadium improvement, the other will be dropped like a stone. Further, I'd say Trinity would be their preferred choice due to a slightly bigger potential following for a successful team. Fans who see this death race are dismissed as paranoid tin-hatters, but the existential threat is real and increasing. I would say successive local governments over the last 50 years have missed an opportunity to develop the unique selling point of a district where RL is the only professional sport. They haven't been convinced by the long-term potential of RL.
  12. The problem with this is it's not even. Hull KR have 4 (3 after this weekend) games to catch up Hull FC have 3 (2) Wakefield & Cas will have none.
  13. As far as I remember, the games so far are Postponed *Huddersfield V Wigan Leeds V St Helens *Catalans V Leeds Hull KR V St Helens *Salford V Wakefield *Hull KR V Hull FC Hull FC V Salford Catalans V Hull KR Hull FC V Leigh Hull KR V Warrington *being played this week Cancelled Castleford V St Helens Huddersfield V Castleford so 10 games postponed (4 rearranged) and 2 cancelled.
  14. Similarly, other than RL, which I'd prefer to be GB, I follow the Welsh method. Supporting Wales and anyone else who's playing against England. I've never described myself as English (or 'self-identified as' to use modern parlance). I'm from Yorkshire and I'm British from the UK.
  15. The club have already stated that the game will go ahead. But you could be right anyway - the irony would be entertaining anyway
  16. I think there are also rules about using public funds to support private companies.
  17. Castleford£23.9m Wakefield£24.9m https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/towns-fund-recipients-march-2021/towns-fund-recipients-march-2021 Per capita, that's a pretty good deal for Cas. It was suggested on a certain Castleford Fans' forum that it should all be spent on a new stadium for Cas, but I think there are higher priorities.
  18. But 'even if' all the players affected were actually injured or suspended anyway, I guess they would still be able to postpone?
  19. There's still one question I'd like answered before I'm satisfied that it's an unfortunate coincidence. They already named their squad for the fixture. How many of that named squad are affected by the outbreak?
  20. I thought they'd reduced the obstruction calls if no-one was actually obstructed a few years ago. For me, the referee should identify at least one player who was obstructed when giving a decision.
  21. There speaks someone who hasn't mistakenly used my wife's mug.
  22. Yes. This is true. However, it's down to grammar and line spacing. It should say: Western terrace only £25 It actually says: Western terrace Only £25
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