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Sun 25th Sept: Ch SF: Featherstone Rovers v Batley Bulldogs KO 16:00 (Premier Sports)


Who will win?  

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  1. 1. Who will win?

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35 minutes ago, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

Out of interest, does anybody know what the regulations say about a team winning promotion to SL, but then declining to accept it for pragmatic and practical reasons?

Happened when Dewsbury beat Leigh in the 1999 Northern Ford Premiership Grand Final, there was no promotion or relegation that year.

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2 minutes ago, ShropshireBull said:

You would have Toulouse plus one Fev offer no more or less than a Wakefield or Cas atm.

Yeah you’re right. Paris, Newcastle and Beirut in 14 team SL.

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1 hour ago, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

I am not sure I would be so gracious commenting on my team being beaten, when the formbook hadn't predicted it.  Thanks for being like that - a good lesson to us all.

I’d probably be seething if it was anyone but Batley. A club and a bunch of supporters I have massive affection for. 

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15 minutes ago, binosh said:

Watching Batley celebrate tonight I fear they’ve already had their grand final. Mentally next week will be more of a challenge than physically.

Same was said after we celebrated after beating Barrow last week. Nothing wrong with enjoying a decent and unexpected win.

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3 minutes ago, distantdog said:

Same was said after we celebrated after beating Barrow last week. Nothing wrong with enjoying a decent and unexpected win.

I agree, just felt a bit more than that anyway see you at the LSV

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Definitely a bit disappointed , watched the game in the Centurion pub with a whole load of Leythers , yes we all cheered and laughed , but next week will be a bit of an anti climax , was looking forward to the big showdown with Fev 🙁

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Batley are everybody's favourite away day , they are a top club having ###### on everybody's chips at some point , their chair Kevin is a top bloke , works tirelessly for them , they deserve their day next week and as usual will give their all 👏

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1 hour ago, Tex Evans Thigh said:

Of course you wouldn’t, it’s a club you dislike. It’s completely theoretical but Fev would be the next cab off the rank as it stands if in some fantasy land SL got expanded tomorrow. 

Just be happy at a good game and a result you wanted. Seems silly to celebrate by dragging people who might have made some SL structure suggestions 6 months ago. 

I don’t believe I’ve ever said I “don’t like” Featherstone.

I don’t think they are Super League ready, but that’s just an opinion. If they’d have won promotion then fair enough - I’d wish them well.

I was actually looking forward to a Leigh vs Fev 

Anyway, hopefully Featherstone can regroup, rebuild and go again in 2022, perhaps give Toulouse a fight.

 

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   I am glad you were looking forward to Leigh v Fev next week as a long time Fev supporter i wasn't.I think Batley will put up a better performance as they have more grit in the middle.However i fear for them on the edges as they are not very strong out wide in defence.

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5 minutes ago, sentoffagain2 said:

   I am glad you were looking forward to Leigh v Fev next week as a long time Fev supporter i wasn't.I think Batley will put up a better performance as they have more grit in the middle.However i fear for them on the edges as they are not very strong out wide in defence.

I've said they will put a better performance then us but having said that the lads did their best but it wasn't enough,we live to fight another season.

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2 hours ago, LeytherRob said:

Happened when Dewsbury beat Leigh in the 1999 Northern Ford Premiership Grand Final, there was no promotion or relegation that year.

SL dragged their feet and left Dewsbury no time to put a team together. 

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4 hours ago, Chronicler of Chiswick said:

If the winners of the play-off game's ground doesn't meet the SL's standard (minimum 5000 capacity with 2000 seats undercover plus other bits and pieces) then the runners up are promoted - just looked it up.

So how did London get promoted after beating Toronto, if that was the case?

 

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22 minutes ago, Agbrigg said:

Year after year after year we hear it's so unfair Fev are not allowed into SL . Yet year after year after year they blow their chance of getting there. 

  We have not been good enough to get promoted but at least we try to do it on the Field unlike Huddersfield And Hull FC who got in through the back door without earning it.Where would Wakey be now if they had lost the play off game against Fev for the right to be promoted?.They would have been in The Championship and like us would have had to do it on the field.That is when it was not a closed shop.How is your new stand coming along.We have built three since you last built one.

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Fantastic result for Batley, well done to them.

Imagine being Featherstone and bringing all those players in on full time contracts to be super league ready and not even making the final!

Can Batley really do it and win promotion?

It would absolutely unbelievable all the teeth gnashing on here about how little they bring etc would be fantastic.

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1 hour ago, Agbrigg said:

Year after year after year we hear it's so unfair Fev are not allowed into SL . Yet year after year after year they blow their chance of getting there. 

And after all the years of SL existence, you still needed to borrow our training facilities.... pity the fool...

 

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7 hours ago, DOGFATHER said:

So how did London get promoted after beating Toronto, if that was the case?

 

Ealing ticked the box once the second stand was built behind the sticks if memory serves me right. Coincidence, of course. 

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14 hours ago, doc said:

Sounds like Gilmore is bossing the game. Have Batley got him for next year? 

Asking for a Widnes fan.😁

Unfortunately for Widnes, there is a SL release clause in his contract, so he could decide to stay where he is. 🤣

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8 hours ago, DOGFATHER said:

So how did London get promoted after beating Toronto, if that was the case?

 

They had extra seats put in.

The standards are really very low these days.

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Knew Batley were in with a shout when Craig Lingard in the pre match interview asked about team selection , explained even having one of his usual starting line up back from injury and up for selection , he chose not to play him as it would have not been right to drop one of the lads who had played thier hearts out the week before .

That's how to believe in the team you have , how to build loyalty and a desire to play for the rest of your mates and your club , all done with a big dollop of humility and hard graft , and boy did it show on the field 🙂

 

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10 hours ago, Agbrigg said:

Year after year after year we hear it's so unfair Fev are not allowed into SL . Yet year after year after year they blow their chance of getting there. 

There's nothing unfair about it,not good enough again,good luck to Batley and hopefully goodbye to Brian.

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