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Barley Mow

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  1. Glad to see there is a break for an internationals week mid-season built into that. You'd have thought the national teams will want some preparation beyond the three weeks between the Grand Final and start of the world cup.
  2. All of them are with Super League clubs, but some have been out on loan during this season with Championship (& possibly League 1) clubs.
  3. Interesting that it says the request was from the French federation as well as the RFL, especially as French domestic RL are playing with scrums and (I think) have done throughout covid restrictions.
  4. I wasn't trying to claim that all or even many sports have P&R, just that there are others which do and that those others just get on with it and promote the teams that (according to their rules and procedures) have earnt it on the field. Our RL system has P&R - consequently we should just get on with applying the rules as set out and promote the Championship GF winners without whining. Some SL chairmen/executives (and fans) obviously consider Toulouse's promotion to be to their disadvantage. Likewise other clubs/fans would have considered Featherstone's promotion to be a negative. Both groups knew the rules before the season started and had the chance to plan accordingly - I simply cringe at anyone in a leadership position making a statement to the press like the one quoted. Admittedly I don't follow Scottish football closely, but couldn't imagine the owners of, say, Motherwell FC making such comments about Queen of the South (or whoever) being promoted if it didn't accord with his business model for the coming season.
  5. Is Moretan Bay stadium a different place to Moreton Daily stadium (which I thought is the sponsored name of Dolphin stadium)?
  6. What is wrong with some people! Between this, and people suggesting Featherstone shouldn't have gone up if they won because they would "add nothing to Super League", it makes me almost lose hope. If a team wins the Championship grand final, promote them. It's what other sports do without question and it's not complicated!
  7. From memory, if a team (it only really applied to Toulouse) didn't make the 70% as a result of cancellations due to quarantine requirements (rather than any other covid restriction), then there was an exemption.
  8. Really awful. As David says, thoughts with his family.
  9. Ideally this would be a solution (possibly alongside SL being run with the same level of control/input from the French federation as the RFL, plus the governing body of any other team in the competition at any future time). However I think I recall a post on another thread within the last week or so that said that there are only 19 qualified referees in the whole of French RL. Taking one or more of them for SL matches during the cross over between the two seasons would leave French RL in an even worse position - That's before we even consider how many current French refs might meet the standards set for SL (note that Guasch suggested an Australian rather than French ref).
  10. I'm in agreement about over complicating things. The 'problem' is supposedly stopping the game flowing by awarding a penalty - if this is an issue that needed fixing, I would suggest this: When the ref calls six again, the attacking team's captain has the right to stop play to take a penalty instead if they would rather (no matter how far through the tackle count, where they are on the field or how many minutes left). This would still keep play going in a lot of cases, the exceptions being where it benefits the penalised team to do so.
  11. Additionally Occitanian identity is controversial for some French Catalans who do not consider it to apply to them.
  12. Since the SL GF was introduced in 1998 the percentage of old trafford we have filled is: 1998 - 79%, 1999 - 90%, 2000 - 98%, 2001 - 100%, 2002 - 96%, 2003 - 96%, 2004 - 97%, 2005 - 97%, 2006 - 95%, 2007 - 93%, 2008 - 91%, 2009 - 82%, 2010 - 95%, 2011 - 91%, 2012 - 83%, 2013 - 95%, 2014 - 91%, 2015 - 93%, 2016 - 87%, 2017 - 100%, 2018 - 88%, 2019 86%, 2021 - 60%. Since 98, only this year is anywhere near 40,000 (for reasons discussed elsewhere). The grand final isn't usually being played in front of half (or even three quarter) full stadiums. We usually need a stadium with a capacity well over 60,000 otherwise you are turning fans away. I accept that if we had another 2 or 3 years with lower crowds we should look at other options, but not yet (hopefully never).
  13. Excepting 2020 which had no crowd, every single super league grand final has attracted a crowd of more than 40,000 and other than yesterday every one in the last 20 years has had an attendance over 60,000. The highest crowd for a super league era play-off final (over 77,000) was only 5 years ago. Why would we limit crowds to 40,000?
  14. Fev are broadcasting the sky commentary: https://www.featherstonerovers.co.uk/roverstv/live/
  15. They beat Leeds at Odsal in the final having finished 8th in the table, but the play offs were competed for by the top 16(!) out of a 30 team league.
  16. Wasn't Dewsbury's win in 73 the last Championship play-off final? After that the table topping team were champions with the Premiership (play-off) being a separate trophy/competition up until the Super League play-offs were introduced in 98.
  17. Maybe it's that some fans will find that entertaining and others will want a different form of entertainment and those organising the events are trying to cater for as many people as possible.
  18. Just like Castleford and Featherstone then!
  19. Not wanting to derail the thread (that's not a Leigh/railway joke, honest) Barrow started being administered by Cumbria CC (rather than as part of Lancashire) when Leigh began being administered as part of Greater Manchester and Widnes by Cheshire CC. So what is the distinction you see between Leigh & Widnes, and Barrow? If you consider the first 2 are in Lancashire, why isn't Barrow?
  20. As always, that depends how you want to define Lancashire. Barrow, Leigh & Widnes are all in the traditional county.
  21. Well that turned into a better match 2nd half. Well done to Doncaster. NWC just didn't give up, a fitting end to a good season for them.
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