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Post by Luke on Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:36 pm

Just for you Beast.

Things going well on and off the pitch, promotion back up to the Championship hopefully.

And stupids rows with Workington what else could you want.
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Post by The Beast on Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:58 pm

Hopefully promoted yes.

The Workington streaming row is interesting and I was intending to ask the question, Bradford want to stream games to increase general interest Workington want to protect their own interests who is right?

What else could I want is a win today which we didn't get, a late drop goal taking it for Workington. Always tough in Cumbria and they have Ryan Bailey, Oliver Wilkes, Jordan Tansey and plenty of experience on a small pitch. Apparently controversy over the drop goal that appeared to go wide but due to issues above we'll never know! Listening to radio commentary they probably deserved to win, Bulls guilty to trying too hard at times.

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Post by Luke on Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:03 pm

I take full responsibility for today's loss, by starting this thread seems I have jinxed them sorry.

As for the row, I tend to think it's a bit of a nothing row. I can see Workington point to try and get more money into the club. And they were never really getting any benefit from this.
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Post by The Beast on Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:41 pm

Yes today's result is your fault, send £5 at your earliest convenience!!!!

The streaming issue is a tricky one, similar to other clubs complaining last year that Toronto (I think unless mistaken) had a TV deal and assumed all clubs would simply allow cameras at grounds. Andrew Chalmers has done a great job of re-starting the Bulls if however I was the Workington chairman I would posted his comments on the changing rooms wall and basically said "go get them". Perhaps a toned down comment would have been more appropriate.

On this thread I will mention the club are pushing the Women's game particularly next weekend's opener v Leeds at Odsal almost as the main event after the men's team play Coventry.

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:52 pm

Strong Bradford Bulls on AND OFF the pitch can only be an asset to Rugby League

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Post by Luke on Wed May 02, 2018 1:47 pm

That York results really thrown the cat amongst the pigeons. They're looking really good (helped by being in DR with Rovers and the link up of the 2 clubs).
No one else seems to be consistent enough to put in a strong challenge though Donny doing alright. Shame about the bottom half of the table being so bad, hard to see them helping anyone out.

Given how the championship is going, it's good that you started in this league to rebuild the squad. By next year I think you'll be back to being competitive again in what should again be a tough championship
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Post by The Beast on Wed May 02, 2018 9:19 pm

Luke wrote:That York results really thrown the cat amongst the pigeons. They're looking really good (helped by being in DR with Rovers and the link up of the 2 clubs).
No one else seems to be consistent enough to put in a strong challenge though Donny doing alright. Shame about the bottom half of the table being so bad, hard to see them helping anyone out.

Given how the championship is going, it's good that you started in this league to rebuild the squad. By next year I think you'll be back to being competitive again in what should again be a tough championship  

I suspect there is no much of a gap between the bottom of the Championship and the top of League 1. As you mention York benefit greatly from DR and were unlucky not to get at least a point v Bradford in week 1. Bradford have Jy Hitchox and James Lathwaite on loan, good news although IMO both are too good for League 1 and for Bradford wing/second row seem already well catered for.

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Post by Luke on Thu May 03, 2018 1:08 am

I think your right about there not being to much of a gap between bottom of the championship and top league 1. In fact you could argue there's more of a gap between the top and bottoms of each division.

I think Bradford have a few players probably 2 good for league 1 (Greg McNally, Ethanol Ryan amongst others), .
But as a neutral it's nice to see a competitive division rather than the walk overs the last couple of years have been.
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Post by Luke on Sun May 06, 2018 7:28 pm

Good game to miss Beast.

Where's I picked a bad game to go to.
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Post by The Beast on Mon May 07, 2018 8:45 am

I have seen the stream, very strange to watch. Credit to Bradford very professional and also to West Wales who despite the scoreline did not give up but when you only have 12 or so sets all match you will be exhausted.

Very surprised by your result, saw the h/t score and thought you might win I am guessing the scoreline did not reflect the game as it does not when one side gets momentum.

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Post by Luke on Mon May 07, 2018 3:53 pm

You did what you had to. And deserve credit for that.
But these scorelines don't really help anyone, you get a points average up, but would have probably been better served with a training session. West Wales lose more of everything. When you see not just your score but Keighley's as well, you realise something needs to be done.

Our game was decent first half which we probably just shaded it (there were some poor decisions from the officals). 2nd half we just didn't turn up. Wakefield are a better side than have turned up this season. But we we're garbage at the start of the half, and we're never going to get back in it. Wasn't helped by some very strange team selections (our Sr started at center, while our center started at wing, while our winger was on the bench. Our sh started at hooker whilst our hooked started at sh). Could be playing you again next year.
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Post by The Beast on Mon May 07, 2018 4:19 pm

I do agree, those scores are good for no-one (apart from Dane Chisholm's record 20 of 21 successful kicks, a number of which were from the touchline). James Laithwaite's loan has been extended to the rest of the season.

The warning for Bradford is York following the 144 - 0 scraping past Hunslet, promotion is not a foregone conclusion. Good result for North Wales turning Whitehaven over in a surprise.

Hope the second half did not spoil your special occasion too much. I do think you will be in the middle 8's which will be very competitive but I think there are more likely candidates to be relegated i.e. Widnes, Huddersfield and Catalans. I am aware some think 2 SL sides could come down I question if the championship sides will batter themselves to a standstill in an attempt to make the 8's and ideally top 2 for the four home games.

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Post by Luke on Mon May 07, 2018 9:40 pm

That's the thing. Between the high scores there have been some good results. And decent games, trouble is the high scores are what is noticed.

As for Rovers, I enjoyed the day up till then. And to be honest I don't see them enough to not enjoy watching them regardless.
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Post by The Beast on Sun May 13, 2018 7:41 am

Bulls beat London Skolars 54 - 16 at Odsal, scoreline did not reflect the game whilst Dane Chisholm didn't bring this same kicking boots from last week however it is was a mediocre game and performance from Bradford. Skolars scored a very well worked try in the first half and gave Bradford plenty to think about, improvement needed at Newcastle Friday night who have apparently already sold (not including Bulls fans) 3000 tickets.

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Post by The Beast on Sat May 19, 2018 9:18 am

Bulls beat Newcastle last night but scratchy is putting it mildly numerous handling errors, gifting field position. At 12 - 24 they looked good, hardly completed a set thereafter only great defence from Ethan Ryan and Brandon Pickersgill (another very good academy prospect) saving tries and some very skillfiul play from Dane Chisholm winning the game.

Credit to Newcastle, played the game like a cup final, led 12 = 0 early on having blitzed Bradford, Theerapol Ritson (Full back) a real handful and their young half back Lewis Young looks a genuine talent. Great marketing off the pitch, a new record 4100 in attendance.

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Post by The Beast on Mon May 28, 2018 8:59 am

Watched the stream of the game at Hemel yesterday, to be honest an average performance from the kick-off played like they knew the final score. Granted a hot day and the grass was far too long making PTB tricky. Afternoon highlight, a cracking try from young full back Brandon Pickersgill who continues to impress.

York losing at Whitehaven a big bonus, Bradford travel there in a couple of weeks and need to avoid falling down the same trap. These "easier" games can result in bad habits IMO and since West Wales the error count has certainly risen and needs to be coached back out.

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Post by The Beast on Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:33 pm

Very hard fought win today, only Whitehaven 3rd home defeat in around 20. Still too many dumb errors and penalties but credit to Whitehaven, they'd give anyone a game at their place particularly on a wet & windy day like today.

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Post by Luke on Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:15 pm

Think it's a good win for you today.

Oldham going well, York still up there. But tend to think it's now in your hands.
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Post by The Beast on Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:44 am

At the half way mark of the season, in a good position with however plenty of work to do. There are a number of games that with respect should be comfortable wins however both Cumbrian sides (thankfully both H), Doncaster (H), tomorrow, Oldham (A) and York (H) will not be and if they keep making dumb errors some losses will follow.

I expect York & Oldham in particular to win most of their games, Oldham will be away at York for their return fixture.

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Post by Luke on Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:18 pm

I think part of your problem is the easier games. When it doesn't really matter how you play, because your going to get the win regardless.
The fixtures have fallen well for you, with most of the games at home. That's got to be a help.
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Post by The Beast on Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:40 pm

Luke wrote:I think part of your problem is the easier games. When it doesn't really matter how you  play, because your going to get the win regardless.
The fixtures have fallen well for you, with most of the games at home. That's got to be a help.

Agreed, I have mentioned the issue of an easy run of fixtures previously and there is an interview with Dane Chisholm who pretty well said the same thing (5:45)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eegu5pvuJOo

IMO since the West Wales game the error count has increased at times alarmingly, Newcastle away for example was hard to watch I'd be surprised if the completion rate in the second half was more than a third. Do that against Doncaster, York, Oldham you are going to be rolled over.

The good news is that Kear is possibly the perfect coach for this team and yes, most of the tougher games will be at Odsal.

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Post by Luke on Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:29 pm

I know that you've not been to any games But I presume you've watched most if not all games.

What do you think you need should you go up? Is the squad good enough to stay up?
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Post by The Beast on Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:32 pm

No I have not been it has been a frustrating summer. My life is dominated by work at present which is every bit as pants as that sounds, 50+ hours per week (public sector = no overtime but it has to get done). On I have also having a new Central Heating system (Combi boiler) which is obviously expensive (moan over).

I have seen the majority of games they are winning but could and need to be better particularly Hunslet (A), York (H) and Oldham (H).

IF they can win those next 2 games they SHOULD really be promoted however as it stands with some of their performances I do not think that it is a foregone conclusion. Coventry (A) first half was absolute garbage and Kear rightly ripped into them at the interval.

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Post by Luke on Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:39 pm

[quote="The Beast"]No I have not been it has been a frustrating summer.  My life is dominated by work at present which is every bit as pants as that sounds, 50+ hours per week (public sector = no overtime but it has to get done).  On I have also having a new Central Heating system (Combi boiler) which is obviously expensive (moan over).

Know this one. As that been my life for the last few years.
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