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buncranaboy
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National League Speedway : West Row. Mildenhall 43 Scunthorpe 49. Att c.400. Adm 10.Prog 2. Fish and chips 5. Cider 2.70

I was in two minds whether or not to head the 135 miles east given the mixed forecast but the weather looked okay when I awoke at midday Cool so I took the chance.
Speedway specialises in out-of-the-way venues and this one must be fun to attempt by public transport. It's about 4 miles north of Mildenhall, just outside the village of West Row in an area full of airbases, therefore no doubt well-known to Villahopper. Isolated maybe, but a fine little stadium nevertheless. Free parking outside and plenty of covered terracing greeted me as I wandered in through the pit area by mistake!
The home straight has a covered terrace most of its length and the facilties continue round to the second bend atop which is a magnificent food emporium - fish and chips the order of the day and all washed down with crisp cider from the spacious clubhouse/bar alongside. It all looked very smart indeed - a year ago it looked as though the club might disappear altogether after losing every single meeting last season; they decided to regroup in this years National League and are finding their feet again. I suspect they may be bottom of this league now as the programme didn't have a table............
The programme did say that crowds were on the up again and reminisced about a decisive meeting against Rye House on this track in 1979 that drew almost 10,000. Must have been a squeeze!
The track is small (lap record by Kenneth Bjerre 49.81 in 2007) and most of the racewinners were decided halfway through lap one though Scunthorpe did pick up at least 2,maybe 3 points,when stealing third place at the death. We had a thirty minute delay after heat ten when a heavy squall left the meeting in doubt but after some serious heckling the officials decided to wait and then carry on by which time the track was wonderfully slick and the last 5 rides saw the best times. And Mildenhall's No 7 rider Joe Jacobs who claims to be 15 but looks about 9 might just be a prospect................
Well worth it though the drive home was a bleedin' nightmare !


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Sun 19th July 15:00
Lockwood Park (Huddersfield RUFC)
British Australian Rules League Central Division

Hudderfield Rams 34.14 218 Leeds Bombers 8.12 60

Attendance: 30
No entrance fee or programme

I like the venue, a tidy stand (300 I think) just below the Lockwood viaduct (Hudds-Sheff line)
Alas, Liverpool Eagles dropped out so Leeds played against Huddersfield instead of playing the 2nd placed Birmingham. Leeds competed strongly only in the opening minutes of the 1st 3 quarters, later in the quarters their lack of a substitute told.They did score some super goals though and marked well when they had time from set positions. However, the top of the table Rams were utterly dominant in free play, with the number 8 shining particularly. But it was a team effort and might have been more but for the damp conditions (though thankfully only a brief shower during the game) and a pitch that desperately needs mowing. Huddersfield host Birmingham next week, probably a precursor to the Grand Final on August 15th at the same venue.



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19 July 2009
Super League
Huddersfield 28 Warrington 10

A good first 15 minutes for the Wire then it was all one way traffic the other way - too many times the ball was dropped on the first or second tackle.

First time I've ever been to the Ant Farm by train - 34:60 from Wolverhampton via Manchester - ground is about a ten minute walk from the station.

Programme 3 - was probably very interesting for home fans.



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National League Speedway : West Row. Mildenhall 43 Scunthorpe 49. Att c.400. Adm 10.Prog 2. Fish and chips 5. Cider 2.70

The programme did say that crowds were on the up again and reminisced about a decisive meeting against Rye House on this track in 1979 that drew almost 10,000. Must have been a squeeze!

If I remember correctly 1979 saw Mildenhall, Rye House and Oxford have very good sides for the National League, with a number of riders between them who would go onto ride in the British League or who had just stepped down from it. I went to Rye House v Oxford that season, and the crowd was far better than you would get in the Elite League these days, at least 400 / 500 from Oxford were present. I went to Mildenhall in 1977 and it was a good stadium back in those days.


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Greyhound Racing
Kinsley Dog Stadium
Friday 24th July



Alfie


John Treleven
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Last week European U19 Div 1 cricket in Jersey

6 team league finished

1. Ireland
2. Netherlands
3. Scotland
4. Jersey
5. Denmark
6. Guernsey

only upset to order was Scot d. Irl on last day but not by enough to upset order of top three (decided on net run rate)

top two off to World U19

Jsy & Gsy added (no automatic prom/rel) to top group for first time after joining couple of years back and dominiating U17 Div 2

top 3 were very good and Jsy happy to be 4th and only lost to Scots by 18

Dutch opener Kevezee on Worcs books scored 62, 137*, 155, 100* and then lowish score but took 3-27

Talk of re-organising in to two divs of three playing each other twice

Not good news if yet more Jsy v Gsy games!


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This week running Guernsey Open Junior Tennis Tournament

largely local players

has drizzled most of first two days but able to play on as on astroturf

until early yesterday afternoon it got too heavy even for that


Rob North
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Thursday July 16

Horse Racing

CARTMEL

Admission - 12 (incl. 3 Racegoers' Club discount)
Parking in Paddock Enclosure - 5, though there's only one charge for this particular meeting and you would be better off parking in the Course Enclosure as you still get access to paddock and stand. Enclosure prices inclduing parking are 20 Paddock and 10 Course for other meetings.
Programme - 2.50 for the standard full colour publication - Why is it Musselburgh can give away a similar programme whereas we get charged 2 or 2.50 elsewhere?
Food - like most people we took a picnic and sat out with that. Plenty of barbecues on the go as well. Some of the course food outlets seem reasonably priced, particularly the range of food from the Holker Hall stall.

This place is definitely an acquired taste. I took me two races to fathom the place and work out the best viewing position.

All parking is in the middle of the course and the finish is on a diagonal straight across the centre of the course. The stand, which consists of about 20 steps of uncovered terracing only has a view of one side of the circuit plus the finishing straight. It is possible to see most of the track from the top steps on one side, but that area is confined to Owners and Trainers and my feeble attempts to blag my way in didn't work.

The meeting is a real 'country festival' type, with most racegoers are content with occasional glimpses of the runners and watching the big screen. There's a hill at one end of the track and I found that is as good a place as any with all six steeplechase fences visible and three out of the four hurdles, though viewing of the finish area is not brilliant and assorted marquees, fairground rides and a bouncy castle block some of the view! Slightly more judicious parking of coaches would mean the fourth hurdle could be seen as well, but I wouldn't be hopeful on that front. The drawback is that the hill is at the opposite end to the paddock and since I like to inspect the contestants before each race it meant a walk of best part of half a mile each way per race. If you like to get up close to the action it's easy to watch from the rail next to the fences and hurdles, and the prized parking/barbecue/picnic positions tend to be in these areas.

The racing itself was low level in quality but nevertheless pretty competitive. Sandhurst won the feature race paying a compliment to the form of No Panic who then franked it by running well at Market Rasen on Saturday. On a line through these two watch out for AGGIE'S LAD (in front of No Panic at Perth) who is entered for the Galway Plate in Ireland next week.

Cartmel currently hold six days racing a year. They race Saturday, Monday and Wednesday around th spring Bank Holiday, this July meeting plus the Saturday and Monday of August Bank Holiday week. Pubs and shops in the village make an absolute mint during race meetings. An extra day is to be added in 2010 with another day's racing on the Thursday after the August Bank Holiday.


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Saturday 18th July 2009 - Co-Operative Championship (RL)
Toulouse Olympique 16-54 Halifax RLFC
Prog (Gay Mon) 2Euros (Cheaper than here) Also free 4 page A4 supplement in French game specific.
Adm - 10 Euro

Fantastic weekend in France, although the beer was more expensive than I would have liked! Unfortunately my French is so basic that I only just learned how to say 'Good Evening' when over there, thank heavens my friend knew some phrases or I'd have been well stumped! Anyway to the rugby! Stade Arnaunes is in the Toulouse suburb of Minimes and is a basic little ground with two covered seated stands running along either side, and 2 open ends behind the sticks. There's a lovely clubhouse behind one end too.
Was a good game of rugby to watch, Toulouse seemed to step back a little allowing Halifax space to cut their defence to shreds. Toulouse didn't play badly and this was emphasised when speaking to the locals, who stated that usually if losing badly, people walk out more than 10 minutes before. Everyone in the 2,000+ crowd stayed right until the end. Food was of the sausage in a baguette variety only but still nice nonetheless.
There was the usual Gay Mon magazine, although a free match specific supplement in French was available and duly pocketed. Entrance was 10 euros - a bargain compared to 14 over here at the same level!
The French folk were lovely too, treated us all with a lot of respect and despite the language barrier, we enjoyed some good banter ( I think ! ). Toulouse is also a lovely place to visit, highly recommended!

Sunday 19th July 2009 - Engage Super League
Catalans Dragons 38-16 Harlequins RL
Prog - 4 Euro, Admission, 13 Euro

A two and a half hour train trek was undertaken to get to Perpignan the next day. We had to change at Narbonne, but the trains ran fairly smoothly though it was fairly pricey (55 return) however we were travelling around 140 miles. Arriving in Perpignan you would be surprised to think a game was on, the whole town seemed very sleepy with not much open at all and fans around the place non-existent. Starting to worry, we finally found some 'Quins fans walking up toward the ground. Upon arrival at the ground, it was definite a game was going to take place!! However the entry to the ground and beer system is very strange and stupid in my opinion! To get into the Stade Gilbert Brutus you had to buy a ticket first. No pay-on-the-day or turnstile resulting in very big queues as only 4 kiosks open. Some French/Catalonia swearing was also witnessed and was another tick for the day!!
Upon (finally) entering the ground, the programmes had gone back into the shop but we managed to get a couple thankfully. 4 euros for a big glossy A4 effort which was very colourful and covered two games. Hardly any English in it mind! Now to the beer. You couldn't just go up to buy the beer, you had to buy a coloured token and then get to the bar and hand over your token for a pint. Why you couldn't just buy the beer straight away is beyond me.
Catalan looked like they were going to run away with it at one point, but two tries to the Quins got it interesting and a couple of better decisions could have seen the score reduced to 20-16 which would have really made it interesting. As it was Catalan ran in a few more tries to end up comfy winners. The home fans made the game have a belting atmosphere, very impressed at how their lot have taken to the team, although the ridiculously loud 'scoring song' could have been a bit more quieter in future, it didn't help the giant speakers were in front of our stand.
And now to the ground itself, very impressive set up there with a popular side running along one side, and a huge seated stand along the other. One end behind the sticks only has a scoreboard, the other (where I was sat) was open and with non-backed seats, perfect for summer rugby trust me! And entry was for another bargain 13 euros, even Championship clubs charge more than this and its a level lower!
Ended up waiting for a train back to Toulouse which was 40 minutes late, and had a very long stopover in Narbonne. Somehow, we got back on time? Still not sure how this happened!

Also we enjoyed real ale in more than one pub on our trip. Both the George & Dragon, and Frog & Rosbif had cask ales on, the latter with about 6 different ones to sample! An excellent trip, can't wait for next year already!



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Horse Racing

CARTMEL


And the sticky toffee pudding...?

Ascot a couple of weeks back was slightly staggering, the scale of the stand there. Newbury last Friday was very pleasant if a little, ahem, damp. I got there at 12.30 just as the first spots of rain started, going good to firm, firm in places. By the time the first set off at 2pm, it was soft throughout!

Next up is Goodwood next Friday. Hopefully it'll be weather for a Panama hat rather than a Sou'wester.


DavetheGlassboy
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Sunday 26 July 2009
Super League
Warrington 62 Salford 20

All guns blazing from the Wire who raced into a 12-0 lead, only for the Reds to take control of the latter part of the first half rattling in 4 unanswered tries to take a 20-12 lead into the interval.

To say everything went right for the home side after the break is an understatement as a 50-0 scoreline in the second half saw Warrington end a two match losing run.



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Rob North
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And the sticky toffee pudding...?



.....was as excellent as ever, and for those who like variety in their puddings they also offer Sticky Banana Pudding and a Sticky Ginger Pudding. For those who can't get to Cartmel, these excellent desserts are available from Tebay Services on the M6. Food is as good as ever at Tebay as well.

Next two courses on the list for me are Carlisle and Catterick.

Rob


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Rugby League Welsh Conference
at Porthcawl RFC
Bridgend Blue Bulls 4 Blackwood Dragons 18

Admission 3 incl programme.
Refreshments available from clubhouse and chuck wagon

Heard about this game, which was between the top two in the conference, at Celtic Crusaders v Bradford Bulls on the Saturday.
An entertaining game especially given that it was played in heavy rain throughout. Fortunately there is a covered standing area next to the clubhouse at Porthcawl RFC.


Mark
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Baseball

Friday 24 July
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 19-0 Sacramento River Cats
Att: 6,865
Pacific Coast League (AAA)
Admission: Best seats, $11
Programme: free

Third new park of the season in something of a one-sided game (Sacramento won the game the following day though!), with a firework display afterwards.

As with many minor league ballparks, this was built in the last 20 years - in the late 80s or early 90s I think. It's functional but a bit bland, and probably doesn't compare too favourably to some of the more recent parks. Exiting the car park afterwards was a nightmare, only 1 exit and traffic lights almost as soon as you get out.


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Baseball again

Saturday 25 July
Colorado Rockies 8-2 SanFrancisco Giants
Att: 42,201
Admission: $20
Programme: about $5

Fourth new ballpark of the season. An entertaining game in the Denver drizzle. The Rockies were just edging the Giants for a play-off spot, so there was plenty at stake, and it was fairly tight until the home team pulled away towards the end of the game.

It's one of the better ballparks in the major leagues. It was built as part of a regeneration of a downtown district and they've made a good job of it. Parking was easy (as was leaving the area after the game) and it seemed to link up well with public transport, with the train station, light rail station and free downtown bus all just across the road. Like many new ballparks, it was built in the retro style pioneered by Baltimore. It looks beautiful from the outside, has a traditional ballpark feel inside, but with modern facilities. I'm at a loss why no English football teams have adopted this approad, rather than opt for more and more bland, identikit grounds a la Southampton, Doncaster, Shrewsbury etc.

As with many clubs, the programme was a thick magazine-style edition which is issued only about 3 times a season and included a single photocopied sheet with details of the day's game.


oftenscore6
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Also we enjoyed real ale in more than one pub on our trip. Both the George & Dragon, and Frog & Rosbif had cask ales on, the latter with about 6 different ones to sample!


Was that in Toulouse, or elsewhere? I could be tempted for such a trip....



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With FC United: 133
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24/9 Warrington Town v FC United


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Friday 31st July 6.30pm University of Birmingham, Edgbaston
Second of Three Mens Hockey Test Matches
England 3 India 4
Admission 10, Programme excellent for 1, Hot Dog and Chocolate Muffin 4
Attendance 1,000 plus

This venue is as close to Edgbaston cricket ground as the main car parks for the cricket are. Tonight's match started 45 minutes or so after the last play for the day over the road, but Sunday's series decider here starts at exactly the same time as the day's cricket. I believe the English Hockey Association has gone bust at least once since the days of Sean Kerly and co, so the current 'AFC' England Hockey body rely on the will of local authorities and host clubs to stage their internationals. Talk of AFCs reminds us of the National Hockey Stadium that ended up with a football pitch in it in any case.

Spectator facilities for these matches consist of a full-length five-step metal terrace down one side only, giving a view across to the grand original red-brick domed buildings of the university. There are temporary bar, burger,toilet, and merchandiding facilities within the awkward lay-out which requires the players to pass right through the bottle-neck of the public areas to get from dressing room to pitch.

England had won the first match of the series and were 2-0 up and dominant approaching half-time. India pulled one back with the last action before the break and were ahead within eight minutes of a second half which they in turn dominated. I'm sure there must be a cliche which sums this up...


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Sunday 26th July 2009:

Warrington Wolves 62 -20 Salford City Reds

17 (South Stand Ticket)
3 (Programme)

A magnificent turnaround from the 1st half where Salford ran riot, 2nd half complete different story and wire ran in 50 unanswered points.


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Saturday 1st August 2009:

Stoke Potters 45 - 44 Sheffield Tigers

(Premier League Speedway)

Admission: 14
Programme: Free

A thrilling encounter stoke 9pts adrift going into heat 13, a 4-2 and 2 5-1s giving them a thrilling victory.


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Saturday 8th August 2009:

Carnegie Challenge Cup Semi Final:

Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors

@ Widnes Vikings.


Rob North
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Saturday August 1

Horse Racing

HAMILTON PARK

Admission Grandstand 14 ( I reduced that to 11 with Racegoers' Club membership)
Programme - 2 for a thoughtfully compiled issue catering equally well for occasionals and regulars.

Fitting in nicely after a visit to Troon for football. I arrived at Hamilton Park just after 5 and in more than enough time for a 6.40 start.

It was 'Ladies Night' which for racing fanatics is a bit of a pain in the wotsit, but since the place was packed out and atmosphere as the races finshed was electric, so I'm probably being picky. Plenty of females with dubious fashion taste, dresses that didn't fit and ludicrous heels that got stuck in the soft turf!

The racing started with a non-event two-runner race in which the favourite, twice a winner, was 1/50 favourite agianst an opponent no better than ninth in four attempts. The favourite Mister Angry did the buisness with the minimum of fuss.

The ground softened asppreciably due to afternoon rain which persisted for my trip from Troon. It became clear after a couple of races that front runners had a major advantage in the going as it's diffcult to accelerate enough from the back in wet ground. Front runners or those challenging for the lead from teh start won the first five races. The sixth race on the other hand was won by those at the back as jockeys eager to front run went too fast and couldn't stop those 'waiting' going past.

Donal Nolan hasn't had a winner for 5 years and 480 runners but looked to have a chance of breaking that run when Primo Way took the lead a furlong out in the last. Unfortunately two came past to spoil the day, but in Primo Way and another called Dubai To Barnsley there's just a glimmer of a winner. Nolan still runs some donkeys though and his Old Firm, appearing the sprint maiden, looks as if it should be pulling a cart and duly ran like it.


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Sunday 2nd August

The 158th Bridge of Allan Highland Games
Admission 6, Parking 2, Programme (High quality production, complete catalogue of events and excellent guide for the first-time visitor) 2
Attendance 10,000 plus

Saw signs advertising this on my trip to Stirling yesterday, and decided that Glasgow Speedway would have to wait until another time.

Some thoughts...

...there's a hell of a lot that can go on at once on, or inside, a 300m track when everyone knows what they're doing..

...there are multiple Highland Games each weekend, but this seems to be among the stronger ones. A field for the heavyweight events including the 2009 Highland Games World Champion (Aaron Neighbour, Australia) and runner-up in 2007's Worlds Strongest Man (Sebastian Wenta, Poland) will certainly do for me...

...kids 800m races with staggered starting positions by handicap are great fun to watch...

...caber tossing is a remarkably fascinating event, in that the mark of excellence is to be able to do it properly at all...

...Scottish Footballer of the Year Gary Caldwell is this years Chieftain of the games, following in the footsteps of Berti Vogts, Terry Butcher, Richard Gough, Ally McCoist, Andy Cameron, Fred MacAulay, Kirsty Young and Dame Diana Rigg amongst others..

...Bruce Robb is a great name for a Scottish strongman. He looks like Hot Shot Hamish too...

...a Highland Games is a really fantastic day out.


PaulC
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Aug 3, 2009, 12:21 AM

Posts: 11534
Location: Ayrshire, Midlothian
Team(s): AFC Darwen, Troon, Ayr Utd, Burnley

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Scottish Amateur Golf championship - Final
Royal Troon, 1 August

att - approx 300
admission - free

This is a week-long knockout event, with 256 golfers taking part in the first round. With the final being over 36 holes and the other rounds over 18 holes, the finalists must play 9 rounds of golf over 6 days.

You may be used to seeing the Open Championship at Troon, or down the road at Turnberry with its giant stands, tented village and massive, well-marshalled crowds - but this is the real thing. Nothing beats walking round with the competitors, standing just behind them as they play from the fairway, standing on the edge of the green as they putt, and helping them look for balls which have ended up in the rough.

And what a match. Twice losing finalist Paul O'Hara taking on 18-year-old David Law, who earlier in the year had won the Scottish Boys Championship. Having watched some of the earlier rounds, including most of O'Hara's semi-final, I went along to watch the second set of 18 holes. The pair were never separated by more than one hole. It was a real ding-dong battle. At the 36th hole, outside the famous Royal Troon clubhouse, the players were still level and Law had a 20 foot birdie putt to win the Championship - his putt missed the hole by an inch. Onward to the 37th and then to the 38th where a wayward chip by O'Hara allowed Law to win the Championship with a par 4.

So Law became the first player to win the Boys and Amateur titles in the same year whilst O'Hara made it a hat-trick of final defeats!

And then the most amazing thing of all - many of the 300-or-so crowd which had avidly followed the match and had accompanied the pair around the course simply went up to the two players and shook their hands, congratulating or commiserating as appropriate, and this just went on and on as players and crowd headed back towards the clubhouse.

The Corinthian spirit lives on!


IAN S
First Team Star

Aug 3, 2009, 6:20 PM

Posts: 2472
Location: Stocksbridge, Sheffield
Team(s): Sheffield United, Sheffield Eagles, Kendal Town

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Just discovered this section of the forum, (must really learn how to scroll down!)
Didn't realise how many people on here watch Rugby League, been watching it all summer, although wouldn't venture far for Summer Conference which are postponed at a moments notice sometimes.
Rugby League is blessed by some of the crapest websites ever, BARLA, National Conference to name but two.
That little rant over I'll launch into another one soon!
Went to Parkside Hawks v Rotherham Giants at weekend. Quick change of mind from Charnock Richard, and what a game I saw, more like this and I might stop watching football, ridiculous I hear you shout!
Score was 37-34 after ten minutes each way of extra time, 30-30 at full time.
Game was nearly spoilt by the worst rugby league referee I've ever come across. In extra time he had to consult the Parkside "touch judge" who was about 8 years old to see if a conversion had gone over. It quite clearly had to all watching except the referee I might had because it hit the post and fell inside. The crowd shouted to "Charlie" to tell him it hadn't and he duly chalked the conversion off. Luckily Parkside dropped a quick drop goal on the whistle otherwise the result could have been influenced by this.
Don't know what criteria RL headquarters put on being a touch judge but on this display there is none. David Blunkett could get a job doing it.



We'll be, as we are, when all the fools who doubt us fade away.


DavetheGlassboy
Chelsea Transfer Target

Aug 3, 2009, 8:56 PM

Posts: 4515
Location: Oldbury, West Midlands
Team(s): Stourbridge FC, Warrington RLFC, Stourport HC

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Saturday 1 August 2009
Super League
Leeds 24 Warrington 22

Oh but for Gareth Carvell dropping the ball two minutes from the end and Wire could have been coming away with two points from this.

Leeds took the lead for the first time AFTER the final hooter! Just shows you've got to keep concentrating for the full duration I suppose.

Still, good performance to take into the semi final next week - at least Wigan lost in the last seconds as well this weekend so no advantage there!



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