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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

PHIL YOUR BOOTS: From Benidorm to France for Barrow Raiders' Acky

I MISSED the win over Doncaster because I was abroad on work business – actually it was a pre-booked weekend in Benidorm with mates from Tronic but that doesn’t sound half as impressive – and was on the flight home when the match was being played.

Like everybody else I was expecting a close game against a big Doncaster team, so news of the result was well worth waiting for.

My thanks go to Dean Marwood for stepping in at short notice for a couple of training sessions and for helping out on match day. We really appreciated it.

Without seeing any serious footage of the game I can only judge the performance on the opinions of the coaches and players. Being critical, we still need to tidy up on techniques and the basic skills that we keep working on.

Jack Pedley reckons that we will trounce somebody once things click, and I hope he is right. Anyone who knows Jack will know he is super-confident but I won’t fall into the trap of making bold predictions because that can come back and bite you in the backside.

But if we can consistently put together the performances we believe our players are capable of, we can look forward to some good games this summer.

Back to Benidorm... while there we bumped into a gang from Hawcoat Park RU who had three lads celebrating their 21st birthdays.

We were quite lucky to see them really as they spent most of their days visiting the local museums, art galleries and taking in the local historical landmarks.

The bit of free time they did have, we saw them playing touch rugby on the beach. Let’s just say their drinking ability is far superior to the ball skills they displayed!

I wouldn’t fancy being an outside back for the Maroon and Whites, as running off Niagara Falls is safer than running off a James Howden pass!

Having read the Evening Mail’s analysis of the Doncaster game, I was looking forward to seeing the try the boss (Darren Holt) scored. When Paul Turner reported that Holty finished a move off from 20 metres I couldn’t believe my eyes. When I saw the footage it showed a nice little sniping run from about eight metres, finished with a flying somersault.

I’ve had people telling me he shouldn’t showboat like that as he could have easily dropped the ball. My main concern at the time wouldn’t have been losing the ball but him getting injured.

Holty has a history of chocolate shoulders he should be more careful! But as he doesn’t get over for many, I’ll let him off this time.

Tomorrow we play French champions Lezignan in the Challenge Cup, which should be an attractive fixture for RL followers in this area. This, no doubt, will be our toughest test to date. If they play like traditional French teams we will need to match their aggression and intensity.

Hope to see you tomorrow – a vociferous crowd can be our 18th man.

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Acky did you use a time travel machine to fly to Bonkadorm as we play Donny this coming weekend hahahaha, plonker rodney.

Posted by boss hogg on 27 March 2012 at 22:22

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