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  1. Watched him at eight years' old smashing lads in every tackle (fair, but hard). He plays just the same way now, only it's Super League players getting put on their backside and there are fewer tears from the oppostion (though I think Greg Bird might have shed a few). He's actually got great handling skills and sometimes played at 6 for his Siddal junior team. Him and Holroyd were always a cut above and I hope the latter gets over his injuries and has a simialr impact to Smithies in 2020. Credit to Siddal for developing players like them.
  2. Very true of junior rl. My lad played in “that” Siddal team with Smithies and Holroyd. While not quite at their level, he was a pretty handy centre (good enough to play for Yorkshire at RU despite the private school monopoly). He was lucky if he got two or three passes a game at Siddal. In a dominant junior rl teams with outstanding forwards, a handful of lads get 80% of the ball.
  3. Morgan Smithies has been knocking people over since he was eight years old. My lad played in "that" Siddal junior team (the one that only ever got beaten twce in eight years) and I used to tell him to make as many tackles as Morgan....which he never managed, of course. So thats Smithies, Borough, Holroyd and Dean from that team who have all made their Super League debuts. Amazing. I remember once when some of the Siddal lads who also played a bit of Union (Smithies played Union a year up) went for some England RU Development squad selection when they were about 13 or 14. Smithies wasn't selected when a heck of a lot of worse players were (well, let's face it , pretty much all of them were not as good as him). I bet those set of RU talent scouts feel slightly stupid when they now see him getting stuck into Kasiano, Bird, etc.
  4. But we don't have a reserve team and numbers 27 onwards are not "our players" apart from the odd permanent signing like Baldwinson which is why RL in 2019 is a farce. It always (and probably always will be) a case of who has the most cash wins (with the odd exception like Salford and Koukash), but loaning and dual reg just doesn't do it for me. I used to love the A team games on a Saturday afternoon. It was great seeing an unknown Geoff Pryce ripping it up or seeing countless "A N Other's" having a go. If they did well, you signed them. Much better than todays' pick and mix when players are all over the place.
  5. Well I certainly felt I got my money's worth yesterday. A strangely out-of-sorts Knights for the first 20 minutes seemed to get spurred into action when the Dewsbury 19 started dishing out his cheap shots, so his tactics definitely backfired. As fo the refs and linesmen - uttetly inept. If a trip is (quite rightly) worth 10 minutes then a punch is definitely a yellor or even a red. And if Ronan's tackle was a red then they'd be playing 6 a side by then end of a typical NRL game. Credit to Fordy in that whoever he brings in usually does a great job (Cam Smith looks a great prospect - what is he, 19?), but the fact we now have players running out with a "41" on their backs shows what a ridiculous state RL is in. My first York team was the Dave Dunkerly, Kevin Harkin era. Back then you'd get pretty much the same starting 13 every week. I know the players now are bigger and stronger and injuries more prevelant, but having 40 different players turning out for a club with still about a third of the season to go is crazy. Soon clubs will have no players of their own and it will a case of who you can beg, steal or borrow that week to fill a shirt for "your team" in order to get 17 players on the pitch. Rant over. Up the Kneets.
  6. Seems to me that Brad Hey has fallen down the pecking order and that Jason Bass is seen as a winger with loan players filling this centre spot. Judah is fourth or even fifth choice winger when Robson & Chilton are fit again. Surely he must be considering his future? Is Benny ever going to return or simply call it a day and is Chilton going to play this season? Who’d be a coach??
  7. I thought all the York 17 were fantastic today. Junior Vaivai must be up there with the Wolfpack's Ricky Leutele as the best centre in this Divison - such as shame he's not "ours", as players like him who beat men for fun and offlload to their winger at will can win you tight games on their own. He's the quality of player we need if this club is to continue to rise - Hull KR must have some flipping good centres if they can offord to loan him out. Let's hope Tony Smith wasn't watching today....
  8. Fax Knight

    Today

    Apologies Shadow. - we posted pretty much the same thing but you beat me to it!!
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    Today

    The Knights were unlucky. Much the better team throughout and never behind until the last few minutes. What killed us were those immediate knock-on’s/ball losses on pretty much the first tackle directly after we scored on the first three occasions. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. Dire though Child’s and his team were, they can’t take the blame for that. Toulouse were pretty ordinary apart from when they were in our 20 metres when they came alive - and there were usually only there due to our errors. Never mind. Onwards and upwards.
  10. So we had no Horne, Baldwinson, Scott, Jordan-Roberts, Dixon and Brining - bascially a first-choice pack. Plus three of our more creative, damaging backs missing in Cockayne, Robson and Mazive (yes, Judah does have the odd mistake in him, but offers a lot in attack) and people wonder why we might get thumped when we meet a proven Chanpionship team with good players on-song? Add in Peterson (who I like, but seems to be in-and-out) and young Chilton, (who hasn't even played this season) and your'e not far off a full team. Get most of that lot back and we'd give Fev a proper game. It's been a great season and the squad has done brilliantly and there will more good wins Though can someone please tell me how any "prize" money is alloted for the teams finishing higher up? More cash equals better players. Why (with the greatest respect) places like Fev, Leigh, Batley, Dewsbury and Halifax (where I live) have traditionally had more RL support and cash than one of the largest cities in the north of England has always bemused me for my 50+ years on this planet.
  11. York have massively over-performed this season, but it was men against boys today. You can't take an undersized, patched up team (quite a few of whom had only played championship 1 or amateur rl until recently) and expect to win every week against teams of hardenend championship pros / ex-superleague players. We should be looking to next season and get some sponsors on board so that we sign the like of Chisholm on full-time contracts and build on what ha been a great season.
  12. Tyler is a cracking lad. Big unit who trains in my gym in 'Fax. Ex-Siddal junior product who originally signed for Salford Academy and when they went bust, signed for the Rhinos.
  13. I find the news about Edwards and Roche both strange and disappointing. Both are proven at York and are exactly what we need. I mean losing out to Newcastle Thunder???? Of the two, Roche is probably preferable as he was available on a long-term basis, but I guess we can;t compete with Mr Kear and his penchant for collecting players. The club need to start planning for next year - this one could well be the last for Benny, Graham and Tim.
  14. Maybe I'm biased, but I've seen a lot of Tom. He's a great lad with natural size, but also speed, footwork and good hands. He's not just a battering ram. He used to turn out at centre occasionally for a local Union team when he was younger which was always fun to watch (if only for the look on people's faces - he was nearly 17 stone at 15 years old). I see Oledzki as a big strong lad who will cart it up all day and he's certainly done well for someone who didn't start playing until he was 14. Let's see where they both are in 4 or 5 years - it will certainly be interesting.
  15. I can't comment on Wakefield Academy products, but with the greatest respect to young Oldezki, Tom Holroyd will be twice the player. He's spent the last 8 years terrorising junior Rugby League players and, as Friday night showed, he's now turned his attention to the Aussies. Morgan Smithies at Wigan, another product of the exceptional junior Siddal team (2 losses in 8 years in all competitions) is another red hot prospect. The lad is made of iron.
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