Archive for the 'Challenge Cup' Category

The Final Hooter - 11/03/20

Adrian Jackson and Dave Parkinson discuss the last round of Super League and talk about all the stories including Ottawa, Coronavirus and the league form of Toronto, Huddersfield and Leeds Rhinos.

They also look forward to next round of the Coral Challenge and we hear from Daryl Powell, Tom Lineham and Matty Smith with Dave rounding things off with a special interview with head of the England Lionhearts programme Stuart Prior.

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Adrian and Dave are back with the Final Hooter podcast. They look over happenings in the Challenge Cup with Dave chatting to Simon Finnigan after his Newcastle side put Keighley out of a weather-delayed Round 3 clash. Dave also profiled Batley Bulldogs with head coach and former playing icon Craig Lingard. Lois Forsell was recently appointed as a Man of Steel Voting member in addition to taking on a new role as Leeds Rhinos Women Head coach. We hear from her as she chatted to Adrian. Adrian also caught up with RL royalty - Ellery Hanley, with Super League CEO Robert Elstone and with last years Man of Steel winner Jackson Hastings.

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Adrian Jackson and Dave Parkinson are back with their usual mix of rugby league banter, news, views, opinion and interviews. From the opening couple of rounds of Super League we hear from Adrian Lam (Wigan), Kristian Woolf (St Helens) and Steve Price (Warrington). Stefan Ratchford (Warrington) tells us where things are going right and Adrian chats with Widnes skipper Jack Owens after the Vikings success over Batley. 

Dave and Adrian run the rule over what's happening, the name of storms, BetFred Championship and Coral Challenge Cup.

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Adrian Jackson and Dave Parkinson return for episode 2 of the new season. 

Our pair talk SL Launch, with Adrian back in full 2016 mode, mention the controversial signing of Israel Folau by Catalans Dragons and the potential dispensation for Toronto. Dave chatted to Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Brian McDermott (Toronto), Danny Houghton (Hull) and James Maloney (Catalans). 

Dave gets a few mentions in for Sherwood Wolf Hunt, a new Final Hooter catchphrase is born and both he and Adrian cast their eyes over the third round draw for the Coral Challenge Cup.

Our last words this time round are left to Steve Price (Warrington), Matty English (Huddersfield) and Jordan Abdull (Hull KR).

 

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The first Final Hooter podcast of 2020 has arrived with Dave Parkinson once again pairing with Adrian Jackson to host.
 
Both talk about Rugby League reaching 125 years old and Dave ventured to the RFL Launch event at Huddersfield where he caught up with John Duffy (Leigh Centurions), Sylvain Houles (Toulouse), Dec O'Donnell (Workington) and Bob Beswick (Newcastle). We also hear from reigning Woman of Steel Courtney Hill as she readies herself for another season with Leeds Rhinos.
 
Our pair talk about the retirees from 2019 and look at the new faces that will grace the Super League in 2020.
 
Steve Manning ventured to the St Helens Media day, there he spoke with Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Lachlan Coote and Kyle Amor.
 
Meanwhile Adrian went to the Warington Media day where he spoke with Steve Price, Joe Philbin and new man Anthony Gelling.

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Dave and Adrian return to discuss Great Britain's losing tour, and highlight the lack of creativity amongst other issues. The pair discuss their thoughts and where things go for the Lions from here. 

Dave runs through the winners and clubs relegated this season throughout the pro and NCL ranks, talks the BARLA Three Counties Championship, Welsh Dragonhearts and England Community Lions. He then raves about the performances of NSW Country touring U16 and U18 sides and picks out who to look out for. He drops a name that he interviewed in the past and Adrian rekindles his admiration for Toronto Wolfpack.

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In a change from their usual format Dave and Adrian take the chatty route, bantering and nattering about the Challenge Cup Final and the 1895 Cup Final before concentrating on the league and looking forward to the last two weeks of the season. 

They also cast a cursory eye on goings-on in the Championship and League One.

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It's our Challenge Cup Final preview episode.

Dave is in musical mood and looking forward to the finals with his plans from home while Adrian lets Widnes getting to this stage of the inaugural 1895 Cup Final get to his head.

He risks upsetting Canadian and Welsh folk alike and we have a discussion about silver salvers.

Amid the banter there are a few Challenge Cup memories and previous matches thrown in, a whirlwind look around the leagues and Steve Manning was our man posing the questions as we hear from Justin Holbrook, Steve Price, Johnny Lomax and Toby King.

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A bumper episode this time out with Coral Women's Challenge Cup Final reaction from Castleford Head Coach Lindsay Anfield, Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Adam Cuthbertson, skipper Courtney Hill and players Danika Priim and Danielle Anderson in the wake of a superb cup final.

We also hear from Army star centre Carrie Roberts after their Challenge Shield defeat of York City Knights, speaking about the game and also her service to the country. 

Steve Price and Chris Hill give their reaction to beating Hull in the first Coral Challenge Cup Semi-Final, while Justin Holbrook and Kyle Amor chat to Steve Manning and Adrian respectively after the Saints defeated brave Halifax.

Dave enjoyed the company of Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston after the Eagles AB Sundecks Semi-Final win over Batley Bulldogs while Adrian caught up with Kieron Purtill and Jack Owens after Widnes Vikings also made their way to Wembley after knocking Leigh Centurions out.

The pair also discuss the then breaking news of Matty Smith signing for Warrington and Adrian tries to have a dig at Leeds Rhinos with Dave taking him to task.

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We hear from Richard Marshall about life at St Helens, he previews the Challenge Cup Semi-Finals. We also hear from Simon Grix following Halifax big win over Widnes. Ian Watson and Daryl Powell both give their thoughts after wins against Warrington for Salford and Castleford respectively. 

We look back at League One, mention Toronto's trophy and Dave chatted to England Youth Coach Danny Wilson after their 36-12 win over France and Wigan Women's Kris Ratcliffe after his sides 20-16 win at Bradford.

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In the latest "Final Hooter" Love Rugby League podcast Adrian Jackson and Dave Parkinson return.

There is talk of new hashtags, commentary gigs, League One, Championship, Women's Rugby League and banter, not forgetting a quick chat about Super League, Wigan, Leeds and we have some quality guests this time round.

Leeds Rhinos Women scrum-half Courtney Hill talks Dave through the Coral Challenge Cup Semi Final defeat of St Helens and talks about how she came to be playing Rugby in England.

Richard Horne gives Dave an update after Doncaster defeated Coventry in League One a couple of weeks ago.

John Kear gives his marks out of ten to Adrian following the Bradford Bulls 62-0 defeat of Widnes.

John Duffy was an altogether less comfortable figure after Leigh's narrow AB Sundecks 1895 Cup success over Barrow.

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Adrian Jackson and Dave Parkinson return. 

Dave has been busy and chats to two of the newest coaches in the game.

Former Hull KR player Rhys Lovegrove takes us through his journey from London to Bradford, to playing retirement and move into coaching and gives an indication of where and how he wants the Cougars to progress during his tenure as Keighley Head Coach.

We also hear from Kris Ratcliffe who recently stepped up to replace Amanda Wilkinson as boss of Wigan Warriors Women.

There is postgame reaction from St Helens women boss Derek Hardman after their Coral Challenge Cup Quarter Final success over Wigan.

John Duffy gives his verdict on the Centurions recent defeat of Bradford Bulls and Adrian chats holding World Records and everything Rugby League with former Widnes hero Phil Cantillon.

Our hosts also look through League One, Championship and Super League.

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On this latest episode of The Final Hooter Dave and Adrian are joined by Swinton Chairman Andy Mazey to discuss Manchester developments and the game outside of Super League.

We also hear from Justin Holbrook, chatting about the departure of Sean Long from St Helens with Steve Manning.

Adrian caught up with Warrington hooker Daryl Clark and Widnes second row Chris Dean following recent successes and we also hear from Doncaster boss Richard Horne and Barrow Head Coach Paul Crarey.

We also have an honorable mention for St Helens amateur club Haydock who have got another former St Helens player back involved with Rugby League.

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