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Runners and riders 2019
It is that time of the year, with Wimbledon & the World Cup out of the way, that rugby afficienados can sit back and start to worry about their club's prospects for the coming season. In the Championship there are two questions that need to be answered.
You win nowt with kids
Yorkshire Carnegie has made some interesting signings for next season, both forwards and backs. Not least of these is the promotion of Steve Boden from forwards coach to head coach following the abrupt departure of Jimmy Lowes. On the pitch the experienced signings and re-signs will be supplemented by lads promoted from the academy plus several reported "wild card" signings..
Maybe, maybe not.
My normal reaction to the end of the season is one of disappointment /relief. I then go into a cricket-induced coma for a couple of months before emerging with fresh hope and enthusiasm in time for pre-season. This summer has, so far, been different.
Goodbye Mister Boggy.
The last match of this strange season arrived today. I am quite relieved to get this "transitional" season behind us but am also a little bit sad to see some of my favourite players making their last appearance for the club.
This Friday night, under the Castle Park lights and in view of the Sky Sports cameras, Carnegie face Doncaster Knights in the Greene King Championship. The match also counts as one of the 6 Yorkshire Regiment Trophy matches.
Guess the attendance - half term report.
We have now played 5 of our scheduled 11 home games this season – note that with no play-offs and hopefully no bankruptcies the 11 match total should not change – therefore it is a good time to review progress to date.
High flying Bristol Beaufighters shoot down Carnegie
I approached this game with no real expectations of a Carnegie win, just hoping there would be some good rugby and that Carnegie would do us proud, with the score not too embarrassing. The atmosphere in the Carnegie Café/Stand/Terrace before the game was good and the pre-KO Hyde Park Brass Band played their hearts out. From behind the posts we tried not to let our eyes wander too far to the left or right where, the ghosts of the north- and south-stands were.hiding in the night. More on the construction progress on another thread, for now I will concentrate of the activities on the excellently manicured pitch
A Trail down the M1
The Championship fixtures resume this weekend with a full programme. Yorkshire Carnegie follows a familiar route down the M1 to west London and will be hoping to improve on the two defeats suffered the capital so far this season.
The Bedford match report
On a glorious afternoon and perfect conditions for playing rugby we took on Bedford looking to leapfrog them in the table.I arrived in good time and saw most of the Bedford’s warm up which was pretty free flowing and a good indicator of how they play the game. Looking down the Carnegie team sheet I am always a little happier when it contains both Mayhew’s in the squad
Take a break!
Yorkshire Carnegie travels to Jersey on Friday evening for a B&I cup game as we reach the first break in the championship season. This provides an opportunity for us to take stock of the season so far...