webby wrote:NB - Gaz - Newcastle have their own team Physio, orthopaedic surgeon, urologist, GP, nurse, accountant and more.
After the last couple games (Rochdale 16-0, Sheffield 23-1) as a club we discussed what went wrong, what we need to do and how to do it. We then go into training and work on drills to address these issues. Our problem is trying to balance training between coaching new players and coaching seasoned veterans. Finding a level that suits both is tough, and more often than not it's the more experienced players that suffer.
The players we have brought in from BUCS have improved 10fold playing against Poynton, Brooklands, Mellor, Rochdale and Sheffield than they have against other BUCS teams (apart from the top teams eg Leeds Met/Dham/Sheff/Hallam/Lboro etc).
I can see the argument about competitive games, but it depends on what you define as
"competitive" - I personally preferred playing in the above matches and getting a drubbing than playing against Liverpool last year not feeling personally challenged.
3 doctors, 1 dentist and an expert on volcanos!
I agree, playing last year against tough teams and getting smashed last season was a massive step up, but one that we tried our best to learn from, and I think our players did improve as a result (every match in the second season bar one was an improvement on the first half)
Admittedly not as rewarding as winning the league ahead of Newcastle and winning the Lancashire cup the year previously, but good none the less