Birkenhead Park 18 West 5
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
21 April, 2013 09:33
What do you think? You can have your say by posting below.
If you do not already have an account Click here to Register.

Re: Birkenhead Park 18 West 5
23 April, 2013 08:58
I've been biting my tongue for weeks on this subject because I know I will be called an old you know what.
In the past any player who didn't train often enough, or ducked out of games, was given a very hard time by his teammates. As a result it didn't happen very often.
These days every player seems to just pick and choose the games they want to play in, and the result is you end up bottom of the league.

Re: Birkenhead Park 18 West 5
Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
24 April, 2013 08:50
Quite right to air your view and it did not just apply to the 1sts but even down to the 3rds and 4ths.Players wanted to play for the club and pull on the club jersey no matter which colours were relevant at the time. But it seems it is a sign of the times whether at work or play. Just look at Rossendale this week not being able to raise a side!!! and it seems it doesn't just apply to our club. However you are also quite right that it is not the way to be as a club should we wish to play competative rugby at National League Level Pride needs to be a high requirement for next season. Robbo is the type of guy to whom that is of importance particularly and hopefully he can instill that into the squads!!!. Beverleyare straight back up and we can be too!!!

Re: Birkenhead Park 18 West 5
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
24 April, 2013 09:21
You wouldn't believe how much time Iain Dixon, Kevan Oliphant and Graeme Southern spend on the phone on Thursday and Fridays trying to sort out teams.
Other clubs have the same problem. Talking to John McNally the Birkenhead Park coach about it on Saturday and it's just the same there.
If you cannot afford to pay players the only way, he says, is by peer pressure i.e. team mates giving each other a hard time if they let each other down.
Trouble is you need those personalities in the club.
Adam Coates has been the only ever present this season [closely followed by the skipper] so perhaps we should put Coatesy in charge of nagging.

Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.
We record all IP addresses on the Sportnetwork message boards which may be required by the authorities in case of defamatory or abusive comment. We seek to monitor the Message Boards at regular intervals. We do not associate Sportnetwork with any of the comments and do not take responsibility for any statements or opinions expressed on the Message Boards. If you have any cause for concern over any material posted here please let us know as soon as possible by e-mailing