LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP WITH CHARLIE MULLAN
For the first time in 29 years the Challenge Cup final will feature Hull KR. The last time they were there, Castleford beat them 15-14 in 1986. It’s been a long wait for Rovers fans who will make the most of their trip to the capital. As for their chances, bookies don’t give them a chance against Leeds Rhinos, a side that have beaten Rovers twice this season already. Wembley’s capacity is 90,000. Add up the attendances at the KC Lightstream Stadium to watch Rovers before the league split and it’s 88,279. Rovers have scored 46 points against Leeds this season bettered only by Huddersfield and Wakefield. In a two-horse race, anything can happen. The fear for Rovers is that they freeze at the start of the game and Chris Chester’s side are 18-0 down after 20 minutes. Leeds have the quality to do that. Rovers have to be positive with attack their best form of defence. We all know Rovers can score points, and their defence can leak points. But in this cup run Rovers’ defence has turned up when it’s been needed most. Rovers might need to score 46 points to win this game.
Meanwhile 183 miles away at the KC Stadium, Hull City take on Preston looking to make amends for last week’s disappointing defeat at Charlton Athletic. Steve Bruce was less than impressed with his side’s performance and admits the Tigers will play better simply because they couldn’t play any worse. Shaun Maloney is the latest new face in the build, although at 32, it’s not that new (Hull City's Shaun Maloney on becoming a first team regular). Maloney will give City an attacking threat from free kicks on the edge of the opposition penalty box. Bruce expects his side to be depleted further after the Preston game as the vultures continue to circle their prey.
North Ferriby United travel 60 miles to Bradford Park Avenue looking to extend their unbeaten run to five. Last weekend they came from a goal down to draw 1-1 against Hednesford thanks to Tom Denton’s late leveller. Billy Heath’s men are tenth in the league with six points and have drawn their last three matches 1-1. Paddy Power are offering odds of 11/2 for another 1-1 draw tomorrow.
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A VIEW FROM HOLLAND #2
Great to hear from Dennis again with his take on how the season is progressing;
Hello fellow Tigers fans. Here's the second edition of my monthly-or-so Tigerlink blog. The season is well underway now and things seem to be going reasonably well for City. Bruce has made some brilliant signings and the team has looked good in the first few games. A draw at Wolves was sandwiched by home wins against Huddersfield and Fulham and a sore but not disastrous defeat at Charlton followed. The epic away day at Accrington Stanley was a welcome intermezzo. With the name change finally being dead and buried, the atmosphere at the KC seems less toxic and it's actually fun again to follow Hull City.
Of course it's still too early to judge whether we have what it takes to push for automatic promotion. The current squad is strong in all areas, but I'm afraid we can't afford to lose many more of our Premier League quality players if we want to compete for the title. Unfortunately, the likes of Ahmed Elmohamady, Tom Huddlestone, Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez are still more likely to leave than to stay, especially as all of them have buyouts in their contracts. The window isn't opened for much longer, but since almost half of the summer transfers take place on deadline day nowadays, I expect there's still quite some movement to come at the KC Stadium.
It's now about a year to the day that City played the two historic games against Lokeren. It feels like an age since we played in Europe and were looking forward to what was supposed to become the greatest season in our history. I attended the away game at the Daknamstadion, which is just a 30 minute ride from where I live. It was a great day and to be honest, it still hurts that we got knocked out so early in the tournament. We should have passed through many more great European nights last year and I doubt we will ever see the Tigers play in Europe again in our lifetimes. Some blame Allan McGregor, whose howler gave Lokeren the 1-0 win at their ground, but personally I think I can never forgive Steve Bruce for lining up the reserves in what in my opinion was one of the biggest game in our history.
Speaking of Allan McGregor - it seems that the moment to drop him has now arrived. A keeper can make mistakes, but he's made far too many in the past year and he just doesn't seem to be able to get his confidence back. I haven't seen that much of Eldin Jakupovic, but I wouldn't feel comfortable to have him as our first choice goalie either. Bruce should consider signing a new one.
A concluding note on the Livermore case - luckily it won't take much longer before the FA will finally make a decision on the length of his ban. Last week the papers wrote about the struggle Jake has had to cope with the loss of his new-born baby and according to Steve Bruce there have been more personal problems for the midfielder. Although I feel for Jake, I'd say the mitigating circumstances are still anything but a valid excuse to take drugs when you're a professional footballer. He has brought himself and the club in big trouble, but since I can understand what he's had to go through, I do hope the club and the fans will forgive him and we will see him playing in a City shirt again one day.
FREEDOM FESTIVAL 2015
FRIDAY 4 - SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER
Not long to wait until the 2015 Freedom Festival gets underway! With a spectacular opening show centred around Scale Lane Bridge, we are sure that this year's festival will be better than ever. The full line up is now available on the Freedom Festival website and look out for the Freedom Festival Guide in local shops and businesses.
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THE EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE
MODEL SHOW 2015
SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER
Now in its fourth year, the East Riding of Yorkshire Model Show is becoming a firm favourite with modellers, with a growing reputation for being a friendly show. Last year it won the Scale
Aircraft Modelling International magazine 'Best Model Show 2014' trophy. There will be around 25 model clubs and special interest groups making scale plastic models from all areas of the country. In
addition there will be displays of radio controlled aircraft and boats and 16mm gauge railways - something for anybody interested in modelling.
A wide variety of Traders associated with model making will be present, selling kits, books and accessories.
See some stunning models, meet the model makers and enjoy a great Yorkshire welcome!
LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP WITH CHARLIE MULLAN
As Hull City prepare for their second league game of the season at Wolves, Steve Bruce will hope his side can claim their second win of the season. And the former centre half will hope for another clean sheet to claim at least a point. Thoughts of an 'invincibles' season going undefeated may be stretching things a little, but what the heck. City fans can dream. After scoring twice in two games, Chuba Akpom, Bruce will hope the pom-poms will be waving in a summer when the Pommies have regained the Ashes. Visiting Molineux won't be easy, but this is the Championship and points have to be earned. Every minute matters is a slogan used in Super League this season but in the Championship, every point or dropped point matters just as much.
Staying on the cricket theme, former umpire David Shepherd made a big deal when the score score is 111, calling it a Nelson. He would be seen lifting one leg in the air as long as the score remained 111. If he was in North Ferriby United he would be doing the same as the Villagers have opened the season 1-1-1. Their win came in emphatic fashion last Tuesday beating Chorley 4-0. Their draw came when they let slip a 1-0 lead against Solihull Moors on Saturday. But four points from a possible nine is a decent start for Billy Heath's side.
In rugby league, Hull FC picked up their first win of the Super 8s going to St Helens on Friday night and securing a superb 32-22 win at Langtree Park. It still leaves them with a mountain to climb to make the four play-off places but it will have encouraged FC supporters. Even more sore when you look at the team sheet. You could have been forgiven for thinking they were about to watch a reserve game. But Jack Downs, who was drafted in at the last minute after Feka Palea'aesina limped out of the warm-up, helped a youthful FC to a stunning win - FC's second at Saints this season.
Across the river, Rovers welcome back a fans favourite in Scott Murrell as his Halifax side look for their first win in the Middle 8s. Rovers already have two points in the bag thanks to their come-from-behind win at Leigh. The chances of a Championship side beating a Super League are looking slim, but at least they are being given a chance. Rovers have other things on their mind with Wembley less than a fortnight away now. Players are playing for their places while the medics continue to work on making sure Albert Kelly is fit enough to play. If I was a betting man I'd have a tenner on him playing at Wembley. As long as Rovers respect the ball they should be ok.
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THE JOURNAL LADIES DAY
WEDNESDAY 12 AUGUST 2015
SEE SIGHTS FIXED ON JOURNAL LADIES' DAY
Rebecca Bastiman hopes to play her part on Journal Ladies' Day as Beverley prepares for the most popular afternoon of their season next Wednesday.
The Wetherby handler will attempt to preserve the theme of girl power on the Westwood by saddling See Vermont to victory in the five-furlong Rawfield And Paragon Data Handicap at 3.35pm. Bastiman's seven-year-old has been a regular at Beverley over the last few seasons but has not necessarily had the luck his efforts have deserved.
His trainer said: 'He's been beaten a short head and a head at Beverley this year so he's not really had the rub of the green - but that's sprint races for you. He's a lovely, straightforward horse who is such a smooth traveller. We were thinking he'd get six furlongs in time but we'll stick to five for now. Hopefully it will stay dry as he loves quick ground and clearly enjoys himself running up that hill. This looks a grand race race for him.'
The East Yorkshire circuit always evokes fond memories for the Bastiman family as the now-retired Borderlescott won the Beverley Bullet in September 2012 - his last ever victory on a racecourse. Bastiman said: 'Scotty is absolutely loving life and looks as well as ever. He's out in a field having a great old time - we still love him to absolute bits.'
Journal Ladies' Day's seven-race card is due to begin at 2pm. The feature race is the £10,000 Listers Mercedes Benz of Hull Handicap (4.40) over a mile and a quarter, won last year by the David O'Meara-trained Sophisticated Heir.
HULL FOLK FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 14 - SUNDAY 16 AUGUST 2015
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THE TOADS ARE BACK
5-9 AUGUST 2015
The toads were a big hit the first time around and it will be great to see them take over the city over the next few days.
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