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Everything posted by wayne_r

  1. surely the one place where the RFL should be promoting the game is Toronto - hope it comes off...…...
  2. To be honest, he jumped ship at Swinton when the offer came in from Featherstone, the club spend loads of money on a team to get Swinton into the top half of the table and it didn't happen and we nearly went bust. I never understood why you got rid of your last coach, I thought he had done a pretty good job...……….all makes for an interesting season for all of us.
  3. Rumour has it that Bracek and Thornley have gone to Leigh - big loss to us I think and also Josh Woods has gone there on a season long loan - with Duffy now also rumoured to be the coach at Leigh he is obviously pulling in the players he knows and has coached before,. Still think we need an established stand off and maybe another centre and winger / full back
  4. I don't know how many supporters outside of super league go to the Challenge Cup final - I stopped going a good few years back, I guess even when it was one division cup finalists usually came from half a dozen teams (Widnes, Warrington, Leeds, Wigan, Hull, Hull KR) with the Castleford and Featherstone making the final also. But some how there was always the chance that a team lower down the division could make it to Wembley - but now in the age of super league it just seems to me a much more difficult task especially with seeding being used so top 8 (?) of super league join at the later rounds...……... Also having the competition for those teams outside super league is an admission by the RFL that the gap is so large now that its unlikely and team outside super league can make the Challenge Cup final...…….and of course as I have said before how long will this cup run for ……...before th RFL change tack
  5. Really, after all the effort and commitment Andy has given to Swinton these last two years...…………...if its true then its a big loss for us I think
  6. ok so which of us have the A team Swinton or Batley...……….please don't say Swinton...…………….
  7. signed that many from Rochdale maybe we should be changing our name
  8. How do we think the 1895 cup competition will be kept for - plenty of examples in the past of cup competitions for those of us in the lower divisions only lasting a season or two...………...by having this competition its a recognition by the RFL that the ever widening gulf between SL and non SL teams means that the Challenge Cup will only ever be won by an SL team or perhaps the best team in the Championship...…….sad day in my opinion.
  9. Well I do hope Thornley resigns and would like to see a recognised stand off as well...……….
  10. I do not think George Tyson is on a two year contract and nothing (yet) has been said about him signing on for 2019, would be really sorry to see him leave Swinton, had a great season playing in a team that did not do itself justice all season. His discipline was excellent even when he was the target of some cheap shots from opposition players, scored several exciting tries, turned out even when he was clearly unfit, so for me he had an great season. If you do get him back he would be a real asset...……..there were rumours that he was on his way to Australia - but that may have been fake news.
  11. I was really sorry to see Richie (and his brother Darren) leave Swinton after we gained promotion, Richie was the captain at the time, probably one of the best full backs we have ever had...…..great competitor. I am sure he will do well and good luck to him and of course Oldham for 2019 season
  12. I have never liked the DR system for all the reasons stated previously, last Season Swinton never had a settled half back pairing due in part to DR, what I would say is that all the players from Wigan who came to Swinton on DR played with passion and were genuinely keen to play for Swinton. It was a good relationship with Wigan. When we DR'd with Warrington, well that was a different story …………..the team was picked by Warrington as far as I am concerned with Swinton being used very much as reserve team. I think York will do well and as Swinton did when they were promoted, York will surprise a few of the established sides in the division. I cannot see Leigh doing anything other than survive, I think Bradford should be shorter odds as well. As for Swinton well just hope they make it to mid table - but again we will have a young squad...……...
  13. Great player can slot in at stand off, centre or full back - he was good before he left and by all accounts he has come back even better - hope he does well except when you play us of course
  14. can't spell "their loss "
  15. yes I agree he is SL class but has never cemented a place at Salford - there loss
  16. Do you think Gavin Benion will come back to Hornets now he has been released by Salford ?
  17. Gavin Benion has been released by Salford - he would be a great addition to the squad - I guess he would go back to Hornets before Swinton ? We have done really well getting Hatton and Brickhill from Hornets. I was told that Ben White (now back from OZ) has signed for Halifax - if true that's disappointing as he was such an integral part of the team till his sojourn in Australia
  18. Also seen the signing of Harry Aronson - looks like he will be a revelation he is strong and fast and l think he has been playing at full back for Keighley , really good addition to the squad as is Rob Fairclough.
  19. Really, that's a shame as he was really good for us - good discipline and always a threat with ball in hand...…….but he is still quite young so why not give it a go, I hope he does well over there.
  20. oops should have typed "but rather when they were NOT available"
  21. I really hope we get a decent pair of half backs because that has been the issue for me last season, relying of DR for those two vital positions was a disaster - not when the DR players were in the side - but rather when they were available. Looks like lots of players are moving around championship clubs, seems like Sheffield have come into money !! Hope we can retain / build a decent squad for 2019.
  22. Would have had at Swinton also...……...if he controls his aggression you could build a young team around him.
  23. Oh yes I forgot to say the RFL officials ( Mr Rimmer etc) did not stay after the match as I saw them walking to their car which was parked away from the ground...……..cannot imagine why they wouldn't have wanted to stay on after the match. Anyway all the best for next season.
  24. It was a great game for the neutrals today - I saw the RFL top brass were at the match and got a good telling off from everyone. I am pretty sure with a fully fit squad Workington would have won today - Swinton played as they have all season, some good individuals but not really gelled as team. I think a bit of luck was the difference today - thought Workington scored well worked tries and should have had at least one more had your centre not spilled the ball when trying to pass it - I was really impressed with your full back and stand off and left wing (who looked really pacey). The atmosphere was good and everyone at you club can be proud of your team and your fans. I had heard before the match that Leon Pryce was on his way to Dewsbury - but from what been said here he is staying - which should be good as he has clearly done a good job. All the very best for next season - for both our sides really.
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