30 July

 

LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP WITH CHARLIE MULLAN

 

The hills are alive with the sound of Hull City fans cheering their team on during their pre-season trip to Austria. The Sound of Music references have been done to death by various media people so I shall say no more about it. As for the trip to Austria, the apple strudel was delicious and the Wiener schnitzel was good too. Credit goes to the committed City fans who managed together to Zell am See and Worgl for the two friendlies. Those who watched the second game saw history in the making as the Tigers scored in Europe. Not just once but four times. Having spent the last five days here covering the Tigers, you can see why Steve Bruce choose Austria. The scenery is spectacular. Everywhere you look, the view gets better and better, as did City on the pitch. Watching Bruce's boys in training on Tuesday my hopes of a goal before Christmas were low. But then UAE side Al-Ain FC rolled into town and suddenly the floodgates opened. Well for the midfielders and defenders. The strikers still aren't clicking. Abel Hernandez doesn't look settled and ignored City fans plea to give them a smile. In football terms, we perhaps haven't learned a lot from this trip that we didn't know before it. Calaum Jahraldo-Martin certainly enhanced his reputation especially with his well taken goal to make it 4-0 against Al-Ain FC. Has he done enough to get a place in Bruce's first squad of the season? I think he might have.

Back home (because I am writing this in the square outside Salzburg train station), plans are almost complete for Saturday's Rumble on the Humber, or the Rumber inside the KC Lightstream Stadium to be more precise. Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle have been trading verbal blows even before this fight got announced and now they finally get to trade blows in the ring on Saturday night. Many expect Olympic champion Campbell to win easily, but Coyle has worked hard for this shot and isn't going to leave any punches in the ring knowing he only needs one good punch to win.

By the time the impressive card of boxing gets underway, we will know if Hull KR have a date at Wembley to look forward to on the last Saturday in August. Standing between them and their first Challenge Cup final in almost two decades is Tony Smith's Warrington Wolves. The Wolves have been regular visitors to the national stadium winning the trophy three times in the last six years. Two of those three times, Tyrone McCarthy was on the winning side and twice Shaun Lunt was on the losing side. Warrington have the big game experience, but Rovers have that unpredictability that has frustrated and delighted their supporters in equal measures this season. Whatever happens, Saturday will take a lot out of KR and the last thing they need after this weekend is a trip to highly fancied Leigh for the first of their Middle 8 fixtures to avoid relegation from Super League. Hull FC have the weekend off to prepare for their trip to Castleford in the Super 8s. Not so super when only the top four qualify for the actual play-offs to decide who contests the Grand Final at Old Trafford in October. 

 

Whatever you do, wherever you go, support local sport.

 

Charlie Mullan

20 July

 

BULLET FIRING FOR WESTWOOD DATE

 

BEVERLEY RACES MONDAY 20 JULY

 

 

North Yorkshire trainer Kevin Ryan believes White Bullet can develop into a serious Group-race performer ahead of her assignment at Beverley on Monday evening.

 

The two-year-old daughter of Exceed And Excel has twice shaped honourably in Listed company and has her third career start in the five-furlong Racing Again Next Tuesday Maiden Fillies' Stakes (6.10) on the Westwood. A big run at Beverley will tee up a likely assault on the Group Two Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes at York on August 20.

 

'She made her debut in the Marygate at York and finished a close third, which gave us plenty of hope,' said Hambleton-based Ryan. 'Then we went to Newmarket with her for the Empress Stakes and she wasn't beaten far over six furlongs, even though the ground was too fast for her.

We now just want to try and win a maiden with her and kick on from there. The timing of Beverley's race is absolutely ideal if we are going to give the Lowther a go. She's coming back down in trip, but she'll have no problem with Beverley's stiff five furlongs. This filly has got a lot of class.'

 

Ryan has already had a fine season at Beverley with three winners, the most noteworthy of which was Taking Libertys. The two-year-old colt drew half a length clear in a hot five-furlong maiden on his debut in April, after which he impressively doubled up in a Pontefract conditions stakes a month later. Taking Libertys holds an entry in the Japanese Racing Association Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday, and could step up to Group Three class if conditions are suitable. 'He's a horse we like quite a lot, and his form from his two races so far looks really good,' Ryan told Beverley racecourse. He's been fine since Pontefract, but we've just been waiting for some decent ground with a bit of cut in it. If the ground stays on the easy side he'll probably take his chance in Ireland.'

 

Feature race on Beverley's seven-race card, which is due to start at 5.40pm, is the Richard And Carol Hudson Handicap (7.40) over seven and a half furlongs, won last year by the locally-owned Jacbequick.

Beverley's fixture also forms an important part of the nine-day Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival. The Festival started at Ripon on Saturday and will end at Pontefract next Sunday, with sponsors Sky Bet aiming to raise another substantial sum for charity during the nine-day extravaganza.

 

Sky Bet donated £6,000 to good causes after the 2014 Festival and will again be offering in excess of £4,000 in charity bets this year.

Seven racing personalities are given £50 each day to bet on any race during the Summer Festival, with any profits shared equally between three charities - New Beginnings, the Injured Jockeys Fund and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

 

 

beverley-racecourse.co.uk

19 July

 

LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP WITH CHARLIE MULLAN

 

So the third Derby has been and gone and its Hull FC who took the spoils with a 22-12 win at the KC Lightstream Stadium. And in the process they opened the drop door and pushed Rovers to the edge of the Middle 8s where the best of the Championship are waiting for them. Rovers chief executive Mike Smith said at the start of the season finishing outside the top eight would be a failure. As they say in sport, the table never lies and despite playing some very entertaining rugby this season, Rovers' defence just hasn't been good enough this season. Missing 74 tackles is up with worst in Super League history and tells you everything you need to know about KR this season. As for Hull, they have their work cut out to make the play-offs which is confined to the top four, instead of the top eight which the RFL were happy with the last few years. Both teams will discover their final seven fixtures next Monday, July 27. Hull fans hope to be celebrating like they did at the end of the 226th Derby when some FC fans jumped over the advertising hoardings to get close to their heroes. KR fans didn't like it but no harm was done.

Hull City will be in Austria that day continuing their preparations for the new Championship season. Steve Bruce has been quiet in the transfer market so far.cit seems he has to sell a number of his high profile players like Abel Hernandez and Dame N'Doye before he can bring new faces into the KC Stadium. A 2-1 win over North Ferriby Utd got their pre-season programme off to a positive start. How many of the side that started at the Eon Visual Media Stadium will line up against Huddersfield on August 8 at the KC Stadium?

 

Richard Finch may have missed out on this weekend's Open at St Andrews, but his 17th place finish at the Scottish Open last weekend suggests he's close to rediscovering the form that saw him crowned the New Zealand and Irish Open in the 2009 season. He has a chance to continue that good form at the European Masters in Switzerland next week.


Whatever you do, wherever you go, support local sport.

 

Charlie Mullan

15 July

 

A VIEW FROM HOLLAND #1

 

It's always great to link up with fellow City fans across the globe and it is a pleasure to have Dennis Matthijs writing a few blogs for us throughout the coming season. Here is his first one;

 

 

Hi everyone. Like some of the other Tigerlink Champions I'll be writing some pieces for Tigerlink throughout the 2015/16 campaign. First of all thanks to Peter Johnson and the rest of the Tigerlink team for helping me to promote Hull City in Holland. Through social media I've already found a few other Dutch Tigers and I hope that the cooperation with Tigerlink will help me to further develop my project. 'Hull City Nederland' are active on Twitter (twitter.com/tigersnl) and Facebook (facebook.com/tigersnl).
 
Last Saturday I was delighted to learn that the Football Association once again rejected the club's name change application. Although I wasn't too worried about the outcome as pretty much nothing had changed from last year, it still was a great relief when the confirmation was finally there. Some say a name is just a name, but Hull City A.F.C. is the club I love and I don't think Hull Tigers would work for me. We have to thank Hull City Supporters' Trust for all the fantastic work they've done. Let's hope that the owners will now finally drop the name change for once and for all, reverse the rebranding and start looking for other ways to help the club forward.
 
The new season starts in a few weeks and to be fair it seems unlikely to me that City will be one of the clubs that will be pushing for automatic promotion. While our rivals are making signing after signing, we are only trying to sell players at the moment. The impact of the departures of McShane, Rosenior, Quinn and Ince will be felt and we will probably lose more players soon. Jelavic, N'Doye and Hernandez will have to leave either way, and I fear we might lose Brady, Chester, Huddlestone and Elmohamady as well. All of them are being chased by Premier League teams whilst having just 12 months left on their contracts... Although the club has started talks with some of those key players over new contracts, I'd be surprised if they sign new deals at City when they have the opportunity of playing in the top flight and earning a lot more money.
 
I hope to be at the KC again soon. I've been to two City games in my life and I'm planning to add some more in the coming season. Sheffield Wednesday or Leeds United at home would be great. Should the owners pursue the name change though, I'll consider boycotting the KC and go for one or two away days in London. Craven Cottage, Griffin Park and The Valley are among my favourite grounds in England and I'd love to visit them as a Hull City supporter.
 
Let's hope Brucey will make some signings soon and we will be battling to get back to the Premier League immediately. With regard to the UK City of Culture event, it is very important to have Hull City playing in the top flight.
 
Dennis

 

14 July

 

HULL CITY FANS FORUM

 

Following the verdict from the FA, Millsy invited us to a special summer edition of the Fans Forum. Originally broadcast live on Monday 13 July at 6pm, if you missed it check it out on Soundcloud now at;

 

HULL CITY FANS FORUM - SUMMER SPECIAL

 

 

11 July

 

 

LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP WITH CHARLIE MULLAN

 

 

It's been a week since Hull FC and Rovers played their last must-win game. This weekend as the Super 8s draw closer, both sides play their last game before the third Derby of the season at the KC Lightstream Stadium next Friday night. Hull host Castleford while Rovers travel to Salford. Neither side can afford to lose any more games this season if they want to finish in the top eight. 

 

Richard Finch rediscovered his best form to not only make the cut at the Scottish Open, he's sitting pretty in the top 10. It's been seven years since he won the New Zealand and Irish Opens. It's not been the best of season for Finch and a good finish this weekend could turn his fortunes around, literally. Former Open champion John Daly is glad to see his friend do well after his recent struggles. Daly was at Hull's One Stop Golf on Thursday, one week before he returns to St Andrews where he lifted the Claret Jug 20 years ago. Daly praised One Stop Golf for making the sport accessible to everyone.

North Ferriby United take on Grimsby Town at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Tuesday evening. If you have nothing better to do, get yourself down and support the FA Trophy winners. 

 

Whatever you do, wherever you go, support local sport.

 

Charlie Mullan

4 July

 

LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP WITH CHARLIE MULLAN

 

 

The big news this week is the merger of the academies of Hull FC and Hull KR. Supporters of both sides took to Twitter to vent their anger at the news that will reduce the chances of young players of playing for either club by 50 per cent. Both clubs claim it's the right thing to do to give talented young players the best chance of following their dream of playing Super League rugby. I am disappointed with the news as it means players miss out on playing derbies in their teenage years. These games are the most intense at that level and prepare players for what lies ahead. And the passion is there for all to see.

If it's a question of finance, why wasn't there an appeal for companies to come in and help out more rather than make the decision without consultation with the fans. The argument is that a lot of the players won't reach the top. That's true for all academy sides in any sport, but isn't it about giving people the chance to play for their local team? An American style draft will be used to pick the top players. Is that fair on a player who is from a family that follows one club and be asked to play for another. The current academies need to be run better. Hull has always produced quality players. Jon Wilkin, born in East Hull, is captain of a St Helens side looking to defend their Super League title. Josh Hodgson is another east Hull lad who is flying the flag for our city in the NRL. Scott Taylor, who learned his trade at Skirlaugh, won a league and cup double in his first season as a Wigan Warrior. Producing players isn't a problem in Hull, keeping them in Hull is.

 

On the pitch this weekend, Rovers and Hull continue their slog to secure a place in the top eight. Rovers have a two point advantage over FC thanks to results in their catch-up games earlier this week. Rovers beat Salford by six points while Hull became the first side to lose to Wakefield since February, when Rovers lost 44-24 at Belle Vue. It says something when Wakefield have won only three times all season and two of them have been against KR and FC. Rovers travel to Huddersfield on Sunday knowing a win will help secure their place in the top eight and make their last seven fixtures more attractive than playing Championship sides. Right now, it's the Hull fans who are preparing for games against Sheffield and Featherstone. Cramming their catch-up games in this week is like having Easter all over again. Sunday's return fixture with Wakefield will be Hull's third game in 10 days and KR's third in 11. Like Easter, it could be this third game that takes its toll on the players which gives Huddersfield and Wakefield a big edge.

 

If you've missed your football, don't worry. It's back! Okay it might only be friendlies, but FA Trophy holders North Ferriby Utd play the first of seven at Hall Road Rangers at Haworth Park on Tuesday night (7.45pm). Hull City start their pre-season friendlies at Ferriby on 17 July.

 

 

Whatever you do, wherever you go, support local sport!

 

 

Charlie Mullan

ICE HOCKEY IS BACK IN HULL!

 

 

Great news that there will be a new ice hockey team in Hull - the Hull Pirates. The Pirates will play in the English Premier League (EPL), the second tier of professional ice hockey in the UK, and will play their home games at the Hull Arena.

 

We look forward to finding out more in due course...

 

 

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-33381384

2 July

 

BEVERLEY RACES

FRIDAY 3 & SATURDAY 4 JULY

 

BIG WEEKEND FOR TURNER DUO
 

Life's a beach for North Yorkshire trainer Jim Turner at Beverley this weekend.


Helperby-based Turner could have cause for much celebration within the space of 24 hours as Bondi Beach Babe and Bondi Beach Boy both run on the Westwood. The former has been declared for the Ferguson Fawsitt Arms Handicap (8.45) on Friday evening, while course maestro Bondi Beach Boy takes aim at the £12,500 Coachman Caravans Quality Handicap (3.00) on Saturday.

 

To add to the sense of occasion, Turner's late brother, Tom, bred both horses - as well as Rapid Lad, the extraordinary thoroughbred who won 12 races at Beverley and has a bar at the track named in his honour.
Jim Turner said: "It will be great to have two good horses running at Beverley and it's always quite nostalgic, what with Rapid Lad. It's a good, friendly track and we always get a warm reception when we have runners there."


Bondi Beach Babe has held his form exceptionally well this season, having not finished outside the first two on his last six starts. He will be attempting to make it a quick Beverley double, too, following a three-quarters-of-a-length victory over course and distance on 23 June.
Turner said: "He's in good form and stayed on nicely to win last time. 
The handicapper has had his say, though, which won't make life any easier, but he's back in form now and the ground has come right for him.
Mitch (Godwin) is a good lad and gets on very well with him, so hopefully they can carry on the good work on Friday."

 

Westwood regulars will be thrilled by the return of stablemate Bondi Beach Boy, who has won five races over five furlongs at Beverley during a distinguished career. The six-year-old gelding warmed up for the 17-runner Coachman Caravans Quality Handicap with a close-up third at Wetherby last month. Turner said: "We had an awful time with him last year - the whole yard had a bug and we couldn't find a winner - but, touch-wood, things have gone a lot more smoothly this season. He's coming back to himself now, I think, and I thought he ran a good little race at Wetherby the other day. It goes without saying that he loves Beverley and loves sprinting up that hill."

 

The first leg of the 'Big Racing Weekender' double-header on Friday starts at 6.15pm, with the feature race, the £10,000 Aunt Bessie’s Handicap, due off at 7.15pm.

 

Saturday's seven-race card starts at 1.50pm, with the official going currently good to firm, with watering taking place to maintain conditions.

For more information visit the official website at

 

beverley-racecourse.co.uk

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June 2013

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