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A Super League DVD!
Maybe those Aussies who so carped at the awarding of the sport’s highest individual honour to Kevin Sinfield might like to at least watch how the 2012 Super League season unfolded before passing their asinine comments.
“He must’ve had a hell of a year to beat the likes of Ben Barba, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith,” said former Australian Test half Greg Alexander. Well now he can judge for himself if he cares to get hold of the two-disc The OfficialStoryofStobartSuperLeagueXVII DVD, produced by PDL.
Which two players were runners-up in the 2012 Man of Steel voting?
On the first disc he can watch how the season unfolded and marvel at Man of Steel Sam Tomkins (remember him too for when the World Cup comes around green and golders). Tony Smith’s Warrington are seen to be the entertainers and witness Wakefield’s irresistible run to the play offs.
On disc two he can see the Grand Final showdown between the Wolves and Rhinos that encapsulated Super League at its best in a thrilling 80 minute encounter that - whisper it - was more entertaining than its NRL counterpart. See Sinfield win the Harry Sunderland with his try, faultless kicking and bravery as his side came from behind just after the break to win the crown again from fifth.
Forty-20, in association with PDI, has three copies to give away. Simply answer the question above and send it on a sealed down envelope or postcard to:
ISC competition, Forty-20, PO Box 534, Keighley, West Yorkshire. BD21 9DH. The closing date is Thursday 31 January 2013.
No rest: Castleford’s Ben Johnston has a breather
Having a dedicated team in place working on the World Cup has allowed the RFL to focus on a tournament which will help shape the success of the whole sport over the next few years without neglecting its domestic obligations.
The RFL media department’s attention in January is firmly fixed on the imminent kick-offs of Super League and the Championships, as well as the Challenge Cup and community game, but the World Cup adds a special flavour to that exciting recipe and there will be an increasing synergy between Red Hall and MediaCityUK as the 14-nation tournament looms.
RLWC2013 Communications Manager Martin Johnston established a strong social media presence for the World Cup in 2012 when league grew stronger at every level across Twitter and Facebook.
Last year saw the Super League account and
Media training: Huddersfield and England Academy player Peter Aspinall
“The patchy coverage the sport occasionally endures frustrates the RL correspondents and RFL media team as much as it does the fans...””
those of every Super League club gain official verification from Twitter, an important development which has led to a big boost in the numbers of followers.
The Super League and Championship clubs were once again innovative in their use of social media in 2012, highlighted by the hugely successful coordinated tweeting ahead of the publication of the 2013 fixtures which produced an exciting buzz on Twitter.
Ah yes, the 2013 fixtures, which start on 31
January and continue right through to the World Cup final at Old Trafford on 30 November. So soon.
It’s going to be a busy year. A long year. We can’t wait.
Bring it on!
Sinfield a deserved winner of Boot
Ian Martin, Derby
I very much enjoyed Forty-20’s foray into Canadian sport recently and spent much of Christmas catching up with back issues.
Earlier this month, however, it was with interest that I noted the reaction to Kevin Sinfield winning the 2012 Golden Boot. The slagging off he got in the Aussie press simply wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t won it. It’s a shame that his profile over there increases in such a negative way.
To me, the voting panel have taken the opportunity, when the Australia and New Zealand national sides have not been in action, to recognise a legend overlooked for Man of Steel and in the New Year Honours.
So many of the other names suggested from the NRL have already won it and last year Sinfield was the most influential player in competitive club and international competition. He’s not the best player in the world, but I think he’s the most important player in the world of rugby league never to have won an individual award.
Interestingly, given England’s often criticised preparation for the 2013 World
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Cup, Great Britain ice hockey will play a match against the best imported players in the Elite League as a warm-up for the Winter Olympic qualifying tournament, where it will prove very hard to get past Latvia, despite surprise recent success in Japan.
Meanwhile, our national basketball, handball and volleyball teams have all had Sport England funding cut and compared their own participation figures with those of rugby league.
An Olympic sport ‘borrowing’ our ideas ... others wishing they had the government support we do ... our game always looks so much better with a touch of perspective.
44 Forty-20 January 2013