Will ESL learn from WCC?

Will ESL learn from WCC?

Post by John Drak » Mon, 09 Jun 1997 04:00:00


Ok, so we're all now pinning our hopes on Wigan and Bradford to restore the
pride (credibility?) of the ESL.

Regardless of what those two clubs achieve (if anything), the overall
weakness of the Euro comp is there for everyone to see, exposed on
worldwide television.

Will this provide a catalyst for the sort of radical overhaul of our lazy
and self indulgent comp which has been needed for years, which the creation
of the SL should have but didn't produce, or will the dunderheads who rule
the roost in Europe stick their heads back up their arses when it's all
over and go back to the towns and villages of the north with a few extra
quid in their back pockets, dreaming of Wembley next season...?

I think I already know the answer to that, and this is the REALLY
depressing thing about the WCC results.

Wake up Europe! It's time to get serious about this game of Rugby League,
and structure a comp to build and develop clubs which CAN compete with the
ASL at all levels, not just the odd one or two freakish results.

If it's bad now, imagine what it will be like when the two comps in Aus get
their act together!!!

John Drake
--
Rugby League - The Greatest Game on the Web
http://greatestgame.simplenet.com

 
 
 

Will ESL learn from WCC?

Post by Paul McNal » Mon, 09 Jun 1997 04:00:00



Quote:
>Ok, so we're all now pinning our hopes on Wigan and Bradford to restore the
>pride (credibility?) of the ESL.

>Regardless of what those two clubs achieve (if anything), the overall
>weakness of the Euro comp is there for everyone to see, exposed on
>worldwide television.

>Will this provide a catalyst for the sort of radical overhaul of our lazy
>and self indulgent comp which has been needed for years, which the creation
>of the SL should have but didn't produce, or will the dunderheads who rule
>the roost in Europe stick their heads back up their arses when it's all
>over and go back to the towns and villages of the north with a few extra
>quid in their back pockets, dreaming of Wembley next season...?

>I think I already know the answer to that, and this is the REALLY
>depressing thing about the WCC results.

>Wake up Europe! It's time to get serious about this game of Rugby League,
>and structure a comp to build and develop clubs which CAN compete with the
>ASL at all levels, not just the odd one or two freakish results.

I mean chances are Wigan or Bradford aren't gonna win it and where
does that leave us....

The WCC is a great idea but our teams aren't living with what's
expected from them. I can only speak for Salford cos I see em week in
week out but that was a performance of a team against Adelaide that
really wasn't on a par  with what they're capable of.

Credit to the Rams, can't even really complain about the ref they did
a fine job but they did do what they were allowed to do today.

Six tries in 24 minutes wasn't the mark of open expansive rugby. It
was the mark of a team not prepared or not able, which ever, to
compete for the full eighty.

I don't think it's fitness. These guys train every day of the week. We
have the heat (not that bad in Adelaide), the jet-lag (perhaps a
little valid indication in the last 25 mins) but most of all we have
the attitude.

These lads are brought up on a diet of the Aussies being invincible
and after  this competition  it's gonna be reinforced.

As I've said elsewhere Adelaide aren't the best team we've played this
year  yet that's our biggest defeat. You work it out.

Where from here??
God only knows.

I just remember Joe Lydon saying that he wanted to see his leading GB
coaching contenders in action in the WCC. Enjoying it Joe?

Paul

 
 
 

Will ESL learn from WCC?

Post by Antonioni P » Thu, 12 Jun 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
> Date: 8 Jun 1997 10:46:50 GMT

> Newsgroups: rec.sport.rugby.league
> Subject: Will ESL learn from WCC?

> Ok, so we're all now pinning our hopes on Wigan and Bradford to restore the
> pride (credibility?) of the ESL.

> Regardless of what those two clubs achieve (if anything), the overall
> weakness of the Euro comp is there for everyone to see, exposed on
> worldwide television.

> Will this provide a catalyst for the sort of radical overhaul of our lazy
> and self indulgent comp which has been needed for years, which the creation
> of the SL should have but didn't produce, or will the dunderheads who rule
> the roost in Europe stick their heads back up their arses when it's all
> over and go back to the towns and villages of the north with a few extra
> quid in their back pockets, dreaming of Wembley next season...?

> I think I already know the answer to that, and this is the REALLY
> depressing thing about the WCC results.

> Wake up Europe! It's time to get serious about this game of Rugby League,
> and structure a comp to build and develop clubs which CAN compete with the
> ASL at all levels, not just the odd one or two freakish results.

> If it's bad now, imagine what it will be like when the two comps in Aus get
> their act together!!!

> John Drake
> --
> Rugby League - The Greatest Game on the Web
> http://greatestgame.simplenet.com

>We lost about 20 years progress by thinking our last world cup win made

us number one forever. That's depressing. We've failed to learn from 82
and 86. That's enough to make you feel suicidal.

But I reckon we have a few clubs that can almost compete on equal terms,
provided their brains are functioning properly.

What's depressed me has been that Its been errors of judgement and lack of
will that's done it for our teams as much as anything else. That really
has to change.

I don't think any amount of league re alignment is going to change it
either. It goes deeper than that.

P.J.