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Regional Two (North & North East) / Opening weekend..preview
« on: September 06, 2019, 01:47:01 PM »
A bits I've picked up here and there over summer and from websites.

As I'm sure you all will have gathered I've had very little time at all for rugby over the last couple of months so hopefully will get back into it now.

Bradford & Bingley   -   Percy Park
       
The brid captain and centre jamie martin has signed for B&B but lost coach Ant poser. They may benefit from some players coming their way from Rotherham.
Not much about PP other than they got well beaten last week by Alnwick in the cup

I expect both to be competitive.
           
Cleckheaton -   Scarborough   

Cleck have made some excellent signings and seem to have recruited heaths highly rated front row as well as a couple of West Leeds players. Their coach is back playing. I thought Cleck were close to being very strong last season and these signings could make the difference.

Its no secret that we lost 5 players over summer. To compound matters injury and unavailability will test the squad in the early weeks, with 3 away games in first 4 matches its going to be tough. BUT the season is a long one.

                         
Driffield   -   York             

Driff have had lots of player movement with players returning from injury and players returning from uni, with only one loss. They have also plundered the overseas locker with an Australian signing and two more to follow. Driff are always well organised and I suspect this could be an early top of the table clash.

Don't need to say much about York. Everyone knows they have signed loads of players as they have been having weekly updates and latest purchase annoucements. They will win the league with ease i think this years. Some of their signing (in fact most) are of very high quality. This match should be a cracker.
                             
Durham City   -   Kendal      

Sorry no idea although someone somewhere posted that Durham will struggle? I'm at kendal next week so will have a better idea.
                               
Malton and Norton   -   Huddersfield Y.M.C.A.     

I'm told that Malton are struggling for players and couldn't raise a side pre-season. However pre-season means nothing and it can be very different on the first weekend. I do however think they won't be troubling the top 3.
YMCA have signed a coach from RL who has had a few well published personal problems which were all dealt with and over now. it seems he has fallen out with RL and therefore could be a high quality signing for Y< who have a number of new faces.    Again YM will be very competitive.
 
Morley   -   West Hartlepool         
Morly played the best 25 minutes of the season against us last year but faded badly. They are well placed to have the pick of the leeds players so again will be tough.
Wests seem to lurch from world beaters to Mrs average the next season so who knows?
                 
Pocklington   -   Moortown   
Pock were decimated by injury last season - if they are luckier this year they will be a different ball games.

Moortown - what do i say. Well I think we should give them the benefit of the doubt. if they have developed some dignity it will be great to have them in the league. I imagine they will have a host of new players and will expect and probably will be pushing at the top.

                             


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It that time of year when we start thinking about rugby again. So this weekend will officially be the "waking up" of this board and we'll get some pre-season debate going. So get your fingers ready..

And lets have most posters and less readers!

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So it seems our guests for next season will be Stockport RUFC.
A new place to visit for a season and welcome some new friends ...

Anyone know anything about them?

Of course there is a still a chance it will all change but for now it's looking like it's them...

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Regional Two (North & North East) / N1E next season
« on: April 17, 2019, 07:45:50 AM »
Looking who will be in N1E for next season, we have the following who are definitely there:

Morley
Huddersfield Y.M.C.A.
Percy Park
York
Bradford & Bingley
Driffield
Pocklington
Malton and Norton
Cleckheaton
Moortown
Durham City
Heath OR West Hartlepool

12 teams.

The possible teams subject to play offs are
Scarborough


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This still leaves one short and possibly 2 short.

Level transfer come into play.

Possible teams:

Kendal
Penrith

Someone is going to have a hard task.

Bridlington might be hoping they are spared the drop. But will that do them any good? Maybe they need a year in a lower league.

Interesting weeks ahead.

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Other Senior Rugby / Yorkshire Rugby Forum continues growth
« on: April 11, 2019, 12:09:59 PM »
YR.net continues to grow our number of members and is significantly bigger than national rugby forums.

The next biggest has 1688 member and we have 1758.

Keep up the good work everyone.

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Other Senior Rugby / The end of Yorkshire Carnegie?
« on: April 10, 2019, 06:42:05 AM »
It seems they have run out of money and no-one has shown any interest in stepping forward. They say their level of investment for next season (i.e. wages) will be more in line with other Championship clubs. Which basically means a slide towards insolvency and winding up has probably started. Pity but I don't think they have ever managed to capture the imagination of the County.

https://www.yorkshirecarnegie.com/news/article/yorkshire-carnegie-club-statement/

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Yorkshire 1 / Play off
« on: April 07, 2019, 07:39:00 AM »
This might have been covered elsewhere but I note that Heath will definitely have an away playoff for there chance at promotion.

Both 2nd and 3rd in D&N 1 have more than Heath can catch and it is likely to be an away trip to West Hartlepool.

D&N1 is generally equivalent to bottom half Y1 and top half Y2. So in theory Heath should be favourites.

However home advantage is massive in these matches so it could be close.

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So today COULD be the day that top two and bottom three are determined.

At least 4 vital matches which should, at 5pm, give a clear picture of who's smiling and who's crying. Maybe there could be shocks all round and everything is delayed until next week?

I don't think so, I believe that Morpeth will be crowned as champions today and we will lose at least one of Brid or West Leeds.

It would be great if everyone can try and post updates throughout the matches - even if it's just halftime and full-time.

Good luck to all.

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Regional Two (North & North East) / Decision time on relegation????
« on: April 05, 2019, 01:30:06 PM »
I've listed the teams in table order. I've included Malton as it is mathematically possible but highly unlikely. West Leeds would have to win both their matches with bonus points and Malton get nothing from either of their matches PLUS WL would have to overturn a big points difference.

the remaining matches:

Brid v BB
Driff v WL
Malt v Scar
PP v Cleck
Pock v york

Brid v Pock
Cleck v malt
WL v Consett

Let the people decide!


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Regional Two (North & North East) / Blackburn HWO
« on: April 04, 2019, 06:41:23 AM »
Interesting development at Blackburn. I note that Saturday's result on the RFU website has been changed from 97-0 win to HWO. I further note from the match report that an opposition prop went off after 14 minutes and the match became uncontested and they were down to 14 men. I believe this could mean that the opposition didn't fulfill the requirements of the match and therefore the result may not stand. If that is the case then whoever finishes 2nd in our league, perhaps, has a better chance of a home match in the playoff.

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Regional Two (North & North East) / B&B v Malton
« on: March 31, 2019, 07:43:11 AM »
BB 78 - 29 Malton.

What's all that about ?? Bradford seemed to have struggled to win a game for weeks and whilst Malton are lower in the table they have been generally competitive.

Anyone with any back story? Depleted squad, red or yellow cards?

I don't think anyone was expecting that....

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Regional Two (North & North East) / Inspirational or illegal??
« on: March 24, 2019, 04:02:31 PM »
Morley employed an interesting 'blocking' tactic yesterday.

Basically a 'pod' was frequently positioned in advance of the flyhalf on 2nd phase ball. Sometimes the time looked good but most of the time it looked like crossing/blocking.

Just wondered if any other teams had noticed this? I'm sure refs will be watching for it ....

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Yorkshire 1 / REORGANISATION SCANDAL - The latest: MUST READ
« on: March 10, 2019, 04:14:28 PM »
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