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    Posted: 29 Apr 2019 at 14:26
After 2 seasons in nat 1 we are back ,it went down to the last couple of minutes but hey ho we go again .Looking forward to visiting some great clubs and meeting old friends,is it Stourbridges year yet?
is it stours year yet
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Originally posted by pen 15 pen 15 wrote:

After 2 seasons in nat 1 we are back ,it went down to the last couple of minutes but hey ho we go again .Looking forward to visiting some great clubs and meeting old friends,is it Stourbridges year yet?

Now now we mustn't start upsetting people so early Pen 15..........need to wait until the start of pre season. 

I have enjoyed some of my best ever days at Stour........the first when I listened to the most amazing eulogy for a guy called Ken Meeson, inspirational,ridiculously funny and so uplifting and life affirming.

The second was when I got Mrs Bolognese to take a detour on our way back from Switzerland so I could take in the game at Stour

Like you Pen 15 I am very much looking forward to catching up with old friends, Sheffield Tigers/Stour/Sedgley ( I bet they can't wait to see you back!LOL), Hoppers and perhaps even Fylde....well maybe not FyldeLOL


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BE,

And what about the renewal of hostilities for the Oxtail Cup with Huddersfield?

Looking forward to your visit already.
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Originally posted by Big Eddie Big Eddie wrote:

Originally posted by pen 15 pen 15 wrote:

After 2 seasons in nat 1 we are back ,it went down to the last couple of minutes but hey ho we go again .Looking forward to visiting some great clubs and meeting old friends,is it Stourbridges year yet?

Now now we mustn't start upsetting people so early Pen 15..........need to wait until the start of pre season. 

I have enjoyed some of my best ever days at Stour........the first when I listened to the most amazing eulogy for a guy called Ken Meeson, inspirational,ridiculously funny and so uplifting and life affirming.

The second was when I got Mrs Bolognese to take a detour on our way back from Switzerland so I could take in the game at Stour

Like you Pen 15 I am very much looking forward to catching up with old friends, Sheffield Tigers/Stour/Sedgley ( I bet they can't wait to see you back!LOL), Hoppers and perhaps even Fylde....well maybe not FyldeLOL
Ah well, there had to be a downside to losing Ionians(spelt right) We get you lot back. WinkWink
It will indeed be Stourbridge's year, and you are gonna love our new pitch.
Personally, I've got new mates now, so that hip flask is going to need to be full when you come down here.
Well done for your efforts in Nat 1, you can give us a few tips for 2020/21 when we visit. Fingers crossed we get there on time, and fingers crossed you haven't gone all posh and we still get belly pork sandwiches.
ps - It's still bleak at Dour More !!
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Originally posted by Waltzer Waltzer wrote:

BE,

And what about the renewal of hostilities for the Oxtail Cup with Huddersfield?

Looking forward to your visit already.

I wrote about the Oxtail Cup for a piece for the Liverpool Echo, they didn't pick up the irony of it all and gave us the back page..........the Oxtail cup was being favourably compared with the European Champions Cup.

So looking forward to going back to Huddersfield and hopefully to witness somebody throwing a cricket ball over the viaduct
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Further to this BE and Pen15, you may hear slightly less noise and be less troubled next year by Mrs Oliphant. Word has it that she had a bit of an 'on / off' situation going on with one of the rehydration specialists who they employ down there and hasn't been seen for a while. Not since the visit of Old Wahoo from Macclesfield as a matter of fact and that is not a statement of accusation.
She is either somewhere near Jodrell bank, looking for TD2 on Dour More, or more likely buried under our 4G pitch. Nobody messes with our H20 specialists.
Other speculation that cannot be dismissed is that the DOR recently had his drive dug up and re-laid !!!
Anyway, I would imagine that whoever has sought his / her disposal will doubtless have prised her log in and password so maybe we will have some light shed soon.
As you can see, rugby still taken very seriously round these here parts.
Come to think of it, Old Senile has gone a little bit quiet as well !!!!
 
You will be pleased to be back. Roll on next year....Our year
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WELCOME BACK GENTS !!!!!!!!

NAT2N has not been the same without you .......... its been better LOL

YT has tried to keep this forum going along with myself, however with Dourbridges terrible form he has struggled to come up with anything worth while ........ wait, is that not the same as most seasons Embarrassed

Not a lot has changed, same shacks on hills playing the big hitters with several bars and presidents suits and the standard of rugby has been as strong as ever ! You still need thermals up at Dore More for the first and last games of the season, Fylde still believe they are in the championship, Huddersfield are still serving Pigeon with a red wine Jus, and I still cant spell ......... however the biggest disappointment is that Dourbridge could not buy a team to compete on there sparkling new pitch ........ and they have the same crap announcer !

Anyway, business as usual in Nat 2 ............. gents its good to have old friends back on here and it should be a better place for it !!!!!! CHEERS 

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Originally posted by Tiger Dome 2 Tiger Dome 2 wrote:

WELCOME BACK GENTS !!!!!!!!

Fylde still believe they are in the championship


LOLLOLLOL

so much looking forward to going back to Dore Moor and of course visiting a Championship club again..........particularly if it is the Christmas fixture
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talk on the way home from Brum was not doom.and gloom ,beers wines and a sing song ,plus everybody talking about their favourite places to visit in n2 .I always enjoyed Lucs and Huddersfield ,No a fan of Loughborough though bit sterile.
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Originally posted by pen 15 pen 15 wrote:

talk on the way home from Brum was not doom.and gloom ,beers wines and a sing song ,plus everybody talking about their favourite places to visit in n2 .I always enjoyed Lucs and Huddersfield ,No a fan of Loughborough though bit sterile.


Agreed re Luff - IMO university teams should stick to Buccs Rugby - didn't enjoy my experience there either
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I felt sorry for Ampthill having to celebrate going into the Championship at a soulless Student Union bar!!
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Originally posted by Big Eddie Big Eddie wrote:

Originally posted by Tiger Dome 2 Tiger Dome 2 wrote:

WELCOME BACK GENTS !!!!!!!!

Fylde still believe they are in the championship


LOLLOLLOL

so much looking forward to going back to Dore Moor and of course visiting a Championship club again..........particularly if it is the Christmas fixture

We'll be delighted to welcome you back to the Woodlands BE, if you can bear it, but on 15th February. Do bring Mrs Bolognese - there's plenty of Italian restaurants in Lytham. And the Taps has survived your sojourn in N1. I'm sure you'll give us warm greetings on 2nd November when we visit our favourite away ground.    


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Caldy in Two North it is  a shame they were relegated,but it was there own doing. It would now seem the problems have been resolved. The task is now to claw way up it will be very hard some great sides and hard battles ahead.But time will tell fingers crossed for them.
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Originally posted by The 15 The 15 wrote:

Caldy in Two North it is  a shame they were relegated,but it was there own doing. It would now seem the problems have been resolved. The task is now to claw way up it will be very hard some great sides and hard battles ahead.But time will tell fingers crossed for them.

League rugby is a journey rather than a destination and regardless of league status I am expecting a great and enjoyable journey next season ...........Fylde/Chester/Hinckley/Stourbridge etc it will be joyous
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I think what Big Eddie is trying to say is 

"Little do ye know your own blessedness; for to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour".

Or perhaps put more succinctly in the ancient Taoist saying "The Journey is the Reward"
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sid James Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 hours 41 minutes ago at 19:08
Originally posted by Big Eddie Big Eddie wrote:

Originally posted by The 15 The 15 wrote:

Caldy in Two North it isĀ  a shame they were relegated,but it was there own doing. It would now seem the problems have been resolved. The task is now to claw way up it will be very hard some great sides and hard battles ahead.But time will tell fingers crossed for them.


League rugby is a journey rather than a destination and regardless of league status I am expecting a great and enjoyable journey next season ...........Fylde/Chester/Hinckley/Stourbridge etc it will be joyous


I know exactly what Big Eddie is saying, as does he.
We will probably see BE and the Caldy lads in season 2020/21, one way or another.
Keep an eye out for the announcements following last Fridays RFU Council meeting.
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In all the time I have been following Caldy the club has never been relegated. I first started coaching Minis when the 1st xv was at or around level 8 and I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey all the way up to Level 3.

Next season is going to be a new experience and it will be very interesting to see how the players react following relegation. Since most are either home grown or local lads I do expect that apart from retirements the squad will by and large stay intact but the questions are likely to be all about motivation and desire.

Many years ago when Caldy had the occasional ex Premiership player joining in a player or player/coach role there was always the shock from the ex pro at just how good the players were at level 4. If the ex pros trained like they were still in the Premiership they would have been largely unstoppable at level 4, however none of them ever did. 

I remember one young beast of a prop who went on to get 30+ caps for one of the home nations arriving at Caldy for a season before moving straight into the Premiership. He was a very big man who had been playing at a higher level than Caldy's then level 6 status and he was coming to England to try and break into the English Premiership with part of a season at Caldy to acclimatise and get his bearings.

He was a good player and fitness wise he was decent enough at level 6 but nowhere near where he could and should have been given he had no work committments. We expected him to terrorise every tighthead at level 6. Expectant Caldy supporters were somewhat shocked when early in the season a balding mid 30's fatty from Widnes completely destroyed him at scrum time.

There is no doubt that the intensity at level 3 is quite a step up from level 4 but unless Caldy bring their level 3 desire and motivation to their preparations for life in National 2 North they are likely to face similar shocks in the coming season.


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