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The Voodooguru

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  1. Just got back ( what an awful journey that is) Its a shame we had that idiot as the ref as it was still a good game despite his best efforts to spoil it. Thought we were in for a long day after I saw the size difference of both teams then we lost Jake early on, and had Caine in the bin. ( BTW I was disappointed with Dallimore feigning injury until he got the yellow then jumped up) He did catch him and nowadays it is ten minutes but there's no need for shithousery. But fair play we ran the second half and JD was outstanding, think we were fitter and our lads in the pack put a proper shift in handling their big lads with no interchange props left. I thought there was only one team gonna win it after we got our noses in front, then the clown kept us on the back foot again. Forster had a big game for them as he always seems to do against us. We switched play well, and could have sneaked it but can't argue with a draw I suppose. UTT!
  2. Cheers on the parking both. If we start slow and keep dishing the ball up we will struggle. But if the boys can put it together and play like they do in patches we can beat anyone. It's gonna be a great atmosphere with over 3k in. Let's hope both teams put a cracker on, although I don't know if I can take another win after the hooter as last week nearly finished me off Just hope Mr Crashley doesn't have one of his bizarre afternoon's and spoil the game, as sometimes he's quite good. But I don't have very fond memories of him in derby games dishing cards out like confetti in the first ten mins. Cant wait, safe journey all UTT!
  3. Been a while since I've driven down Pennington, where is the best place to park? Are there any time limits on the tesco etc car park?
  4. Not a great game with a fantastic end! Rochdale had obviously been watching the videos of us as they shut a lot of our plays down, and it was the off the cuff moves that got us a lot of our tries. Fui's try apart as I know you sometimes cant stop him even when you know what is coming I thought our line defence was poor, and some lazy tackles at times, especially on their first. Our last play kicks aren't great either and fair play to the Hornets they had the imagination and varied things. BUT We can't forget that we did win against a decent side and a ref that allowed them to blunt a quick PTB which killed our attacking play. We showed glimpses again but like has already been said we do struggle to make yards sometimes so when we force the play as we can't get a roll on we make mistakes. But we have found a way to win again and the lads deserve a big pat on the back, the last play was just brilliant and Buffer deserved it as he had a decent game taking the line on. Hope Stevie is OK as you could hear the impact and he will be a miss. Barrow have a big team, but if we cut out the silly stuff we can hand them their first defeat. UTT.
  5. Better performance than last week as on the whole the lads played the sets out which made things easier, especially on a hot day. Really felt for Ethan as it must really knock your confidence when the crowd start groaning. He got his position wrong early on and he struggled from then on. Hopefully he can put it behind him and show what he can do. Hewer was pretty poor considering he's meant to be one of the better refs. Loved Holroyds try, great balance and footwork, and who can stop Matty scoring. I still don't know how Brown manged not to score, again from a bit of Holroyd magic. The lads are winning and getting better, thats all we want UTT
  6. I was told Matty is still having problems with his ankle from the first game so maybe that has something to do with it.
  7. Yeah just to echo DavidM the ground looked in really good nick and the pitch was like a carpet. Also good to see a healthy crowd down enjoying the day.
  8. Gutted to lose but we were never in front. In the 1st half we hardly completed a set, they seemed to think they had to score every set after the Donny sin bins. Donny ran hard and scored most times off crash balls to muscle over the line. Gabe made two uncharacteristic mistakes and they scored both times. Second half we did brilliantly to tie it up only for the knock on to kill the momentum. It grates me that the 2 point difference at the end was from the pen given against Holroyd after the ref let the Donny player not allow him to play the ball then penalise Brad. I know he's still struggling on his ankle but we are so much better when Matty is on the field as he does everything a bit quicker. Donny are a good team and will be right up there at the business end although against another big pack their tactics of big drives and crash balls may have to change. Their 7 played very smart rugby. Finally, Caine was just awesome today and didn't deserve not to be picking winning pay up. UTT.
  9. At least its not just me with the knot in my guts, usually only get them against haven or before big games. I'm way too excited for a bloke my age UTT
  10. Brilliant result today, especially as the crusaders weren't a bad team. As its only 3 games in after a long lay off the sharpness and concentration isn't quite there all of the time but it isn't far off. Thought Caine was our MOM today, he played really well. I'm sure Chris will be happier than he made out on the radio. Matty is taking to the pro game like a duck to water isn't he? Does he have a bad game? Cant wait until next week, there will be plenty of grown men like excited school kids by Sunday dinner time
  11. Superb win, what a competitive debut for Matty Henson from the amateur game. Thought we looked very dangerous and on the whole dealt with their big pack very well. Just hope all the injuries aren't too bad. Well done lads UTT!
  12. Yeah playing well, line defence needs a bit of intensity but we can definitely beat these.
  13. Just fantastic to have the game back and the buy in as a fan that gives you the butterflies beforehand that you don't get watching other teams. Just to echo what HTR says above, big thanks to everyone working to keep it going over the last year or so. We have a lot of inexperienced lads in our squad but I know our coaching staff will have them prepared well. So just let's see what this season brings and enjoy it again. UTT.
  14. Should get that big screen they had for the world Cup final back and screen it in the car park.
  15. What an absolute joke, if they are consistent with this through the season each team will need a 30 man squad. Strange how they judge SL teams differently isn't it.
  16. Played pretty well but obviously very rusty and lacking cohesion with all the subs. Lots of promise for the season though. Shows what I know about rugby as I thought Dec looked very rusty, put a few passes into the grass etc, then got binned only to get mom. I thought Henson looked our best hooker today, passed well and really tackled his heart out.
  17. Of course it would be stupid to look a gift horse in the mouth, and lets face it both grounds however much they pull on the supporters heart strings desperately need renewed. But the sceptic in me still has a niggle about this whole thing. £23m is a great kick start to the projects but how much will left for the stadium and the surrounding area after the port and the other projects have been funded? Our MP made a lot of noise and unsubstantiated claims about the end cost to the public of the old stadium proposal and to this day still hasn't published the 'stress test' he claims was carried out on the figures by an independent firm, he blocked the people off his social media who chased him to do it. Some of the posts he put on here were unbelievably naïve. He will no doubt cast himself as the savior and take as many plaudits as he can if this goes ahead, no matter what the cost or how compromised the scheme will be because of the funds that will need to be borrowed to see all of the projects fulfilled. My biggest fear is that the stadium will be so compromised by budget that it will not allow either club to make good revenue and grow. If both teams end up with a two sided biscuit tin with second rate facilities that neither of them own and is badly designed then what happens to the clubs? I'm not hugely bothered about the 5k capacity, but to allow the clubs to generate revenue it needs to have high class facilities so the clubs have an income all year round. A local example would be Whitehaven golf club, the course was nothing special with a portacabin club house but they had the foresight to invest in a top class clubhouse with conferencing/ entertainment facilities second to none around here and have transformed the club. This stadium needs that type of investment, as how many wedding venues or function rooms are left in the town? A top quality pub/ function room and conference area overlooking the river could fund the stadium running costs itself. But because MJ has already drawn the line in the sand with the purse strings, I fear it could end up being a botch that neither club wants but has to settle for because they have little alternative. I would like nothing more than to be proved wrong and hope it can be the feather in the towns cap as it deserves to be, but I have no faith in the people running ABC or our MP to make it everything it should be as I don't think any of them have the required drive to see it through properly.
  18. Very sad news, he was a genuinely nice bloke. A regular in the Pack Horse in Seaton when Super League was on. A real shame!
  19. Yeah but they have been the cowboys for a while now so it is embedded. Even in the last decade the world has changed beyond belief, none of my kids watch any traditional telly programmes at all ( and I mean absolutely none - ever!) Their concept of what a cowboy is, will probably be woody off toy story. So I doubt they would identify with a traditional cowboy as they are a thing of the past, which was my point. But you could easily build a brand around it as it lends itself to all kinds of possibilities.
  20. Thanks! I like your thinking on the Tornado, how you would have a cartoon mascot may be a challenge though. When the ill fated Crusaders re-brand was mooted I always thought Workington Town Cowboys from Wild West Cumbria was a better option. But I suppose Cowboys are a thing of the past now too!
  21. I can see both sides of this argument. Done properly a rebrand can really add to a club and needent detract from a clubs rich history. Rhinos, Tigers, Wolves etc haven't turned into new clubs and forgotten their histories, but what they have added are marketing tools to help the clubs grow commercially. Theres no point rebranding Town as Workington Steelers with a shiny new badge as although it's a nod to our industrial history it will mean nothing to the future generations that need to hooked to make the club grow. A rhino, tiger or wolf is an agressive hunting animal that lends itself the the ferocious nature of RL, but the cartoon version is the open door for kids to identify with the club such as Ronnie the Rhino etc. Unfortunately for us a unicorn has become a soft fantasy animal associated with clouds and rainbows so doesn't really lend itself to RL but with the right marketing could be used as a great marketing tool. I know Wigan are getting pelters at present but as long as they still embrace their rich history there is nothing wrong with trying to push the club forward if this will make a difference to them, as their attendances have hit a wall so need other methods of generating revenue. The issue for Town is that it isn't a cash rich club to pay marketing experts to build this brand, so it has to prioritise what the money is spent on. At the minute a winning team is the thing that will bring the most fans back, then in the future if the clubs grows but attendances are topping out then different ways to market the club will have to be found. If this is a new badge and a new moniker is it such a bad thing if it's done properly? If the idea was so bad surely the Sl clubs would have ditched the Giants, Red devils, Warriors tags. Saints were lucky that theirs has always been embedded in their name, but surely a name can be tagged onto Workington Town as Wakefield did with Wakefield trinity wildcats so we don't have to ditch the Town name. Think it is probably not the right time given this last year and how the club will be needing to get itself back on its feet again but I don't think it should be written off if it's an extra string to the bow.
  22. Just awful news, he was a genuinely nice approachable bloke and sincere condolences to Deb and his family. He came over and really bought into the club and the area so is certainly a Kiwi but also an adopted West Cumbrian. As a coach he brought a great attacking style of rugby to us after some hard times and brought a Kiwi spine to us with the likes of JT, Limmer, Sione, Lavulavu that really kicked us on and brought us a couple of seasons of great memories which I'll always remember. RIP Ged marra.
  23. Been speaking to a lad from Millom and out of all the players that Millom have produced recently he said that losing Ethan is the one he's most gutted about, and although he's only young he thinks the lad has what it takes to potentially make it all the way to SL if he works hard enough ( and no he wasn't related to him - well apart from they are all kind of related in Millom aren't they?) Hope he is right!
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