2018/19 End of Season Review

Talk about the men in white, and everything Ulster!!

Moderators: The Fonz, Moderators

User avatar
UlsterNo9
Lord Chancellor
Posts: 4034
Joined: Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:02 pm

2018/19 End of Season Review

Post by UlsterNo9 » Sat May 18, 2019 11:28 am

Thought this topic deserved its own thread. Mainly because I would love to look back at it in 12 months time to see where we are against now.

In my own mind despite last nights thrashing we are well ahead of our three year rebuild, Dan has yet to have a preseason with his lads, there are new recruits on the way mainly in the form of Roddy Grant who is Dans own chosen man. I feel Roddy is going to completely revolutionize our forward game next season for which I'm looking forward to.

Our playing style is evolving week on week, this will give Dan more tactical options going forward which will make us more difficult for the opposition to study and work out. Dan mentioned pre Christmas that there is only one way we really can play due to our current at the time limitations. I'd like to see our options grow, the ability to change our style / tactics to suit weather conditions, the opposition and what we actually need to get out of a game.

Highlights have to be our two away European group game wins, the win at home to Racing (little Lowrys tackle on the Fijian) and that Quarter Final at Lansdowne.

If we could make a league and euro quarter final next year I would be ecstatic.

I'm already counting down the days to the start of next season, this time last year I'd have been happy never to have seen a rugby ball again.

:red: :fleg:
BRING OUR BOYS HOME #BOBH
THROWN UNDER THE BUS AND EXILED 14/04/18

User avatar
big mervyn
Rí­ na Cúige Uladh
Posts: 11337
Joined: Fri May 09, 2008 2:22 pm
Location: Overlooking the pitch (til they built the old new stand)

Re: 2018/19 End of Season Review

Post by big mervyn » Sat May 18, 2019 12:55 pm

Dan's problem will be managing expectations for next season.
Volunteer at an animal sanctuary; it will fill you with joy , despair, but most of all love, unconditional love of the animals.
Big Neville Southall

Lurgan Lad
Steward
Posts: 909
Joined: Wed May 27, 2009 7:27 pm

Re: 2018/19 End of Season Review

Post by Lurgan Lad » Sat May 18, 2019 1:05 pm

big mervyn wrote:Dan's problem will be managing expectations for next season.
Agreed. We have lost a serious amount of experience and leadership the past couple of seasons, that cannot be easily replaced. There aren't a huge amount of people that you would consider for the captaincy and expect that they would do a great job of it. Realistically if we if we did something similar next year to this year you couldn't really label it a disappointment.

User avatar
shamalicious
Lord Chancellor
Posts: 5273
Joined: Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:32 am

Re: 2018/19 End of Season Review

Post by shamalicious » Sat May 18, 2019 1:19 pm

Lurgan Lad wrote:
big mervyn wrote:Dan's problem will be managing expectations for next season.
Agreed. We have lost a serious amount of experience and leadership the past couple of seasons, that cannot be easily replaced. There aren't a huge amount of people that you would consider for the captaincy and expect that they would do a great job of it. Realistically if we if we did something similar next year to this year you couldn't really label it a disappointment.
Who are we thinking for captain? Hendo?

Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
Nevin Spence 26 April 1990 – 15 September 2012 gone but never forgotten

222toHounslow
Warrior Chief
Posts: 1646
Joined: Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:05 pm

Re: 2018/19 End of Season Review

Post by 222toHounslow » Sat May 18, 2019 3:01 pm

As others have said, weak link at 10 needs to be addressed.

King, any further recruitment?

Herring will probably be made club captain.

That was pretty close to our first choice 15 and conceded 50 points. No great expectation from me for next season.
NUCIFORA IS A BELLEND

Lurgan Lad
Steward
Posts: 909
Joined: Wed May 27, 2009 7:27 pm

Re: 2018/19 End of Season Review

Post by Lurgan Lad » Sat May 18, 2019 3:24 pm

shamalicious wrote:
Lurgan Lad wrote:
big mervyn wrote:Dan's problem will be managing expectations for next season.
Agreed. We have lost a serious amount of experience and leadership the past couple of seasons, that cannot be easily replaced. There aren't a huge amount of people that you would consider for the captaincy and expect that they would do a great job of it. Realistically if we if we did something similar next year to this year you couldn't really label it a disappointment.
Who are we thinking for captain? Hendo?

Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
I guess if he is away with Ireland a good bit probably wouldn't go for him. Coetzee would be my choice as barring injury should be free for every match, leads by example, great position on the pitch to influence the ref.

Big-al
Lord Chancellor
Posts: 4250
Joined: Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:20 am

Re: 2018/19 End of Season Review

Post by Big-al » Sat May 18, 2019 3:56 pm

Luke Marshall would be a decent choice also.

lovesthehardground
Steward
Posts: 895
Joined: Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:56 pm
Location: Off the radar

Re: 2018/19 End of Season Review

Post by lovesthehardground » Sun May 19, 2019 1:06 pm

Posted this on the wrong thread obviously. Doh!!

Anyhow, end of terms report:
Front Row - Good- improvement of EOS and Kane. Bad - Rory retiring, not sure if Herring is good enough to be our first choice hooker. Hopes- McBurney to develop quickly?
Second Row - Good- Treadwell has improved. Bad - our lineout stinks. Hopes - Carter will be an enforcer and leader?
Back row - Good - Marcel & Nordi look good. Timoney as well. Bad - lack of turnovers and lineout options. Hopes - another signing (unlikely)
Scrum Half - Good-Shanahan has improved. Bad - Ireland have wrecked Cooney. Hopes - see back row hopes.
Out Half - Good - hard to think of any! Bad - Burns is not good enough. Hopes - Obvious=bring back Paddy.
Centres - Good - big Stu has played well. Bad - as committed as he is Luke hinders fluent back play with his poor passing skills. Hopes - Dan finds a couple of good combinations to give us options.
Back 3- Good - Young wingers have looked good. Bad - Injuries and strange selections at times. Hopes - again settled combinations to give us consistent options.

Well thats it folks. My wisdom has been shared lol.

Expectations for next year would see us stagnate as a team who will win at home and will have the occasional storming performance. But again likely to be trophy less. Hopes would be that the Ulster spirit of old would return where we can be proud of who we are and what we represent. That we get a bit of grit back into the side and into the organisation and stop dancing to our sponsor's tunes. But hey I'll not hold my breath.
LTHG

User avatar
Dave
Rí­ na Cúige Uladh
Posts: 20271
Joined: Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:27 pm

Re: 2018/19 End of Season Review

Post by Dave » Sun May 19, 2019 4:09 pm

All things being considered it was a productive season. Marcell's recovery being a major plus. The blooding of some Academy players has been a very positive exercise. Some very good results and performances. Dan seems to have a clear philosophy and I think the players are buying into it. A long way to go. I don't have any expectations in terms of achieving a certain goal but I do in terms of performance. Friday's performance was unacceptable on many levels. The defeat was always going to happen but to capitulate like that after all the hardwork in getting there was a bitter pill to swallow.

Next season, we have the makings of a very good pack and backline. Unfortunately massive issues, created by the IRFU, remain at 9 and 10 remain.
I have my own tv channel, what have you got?

User avatar
big mervyn
Rí­ na Cúige Uladh
Posts: 11337
Joined: Fri May 09, 2008 2:22 pm
Location: Overlooking the pitch (til they built the old new stand)

Re: 2018/19 End of Season Review

Post by big mervyn » Sun May 19, 2019 4:23 pm

Results wise, we won the most of the games we should have won and lost most of the games we were expected to lose. A few notable exceptions obviously. As to progress next year, I'd like to see us be a bit more convincing in the former and be competing for LBPs in the latter.
Volunteer at an animal sanctuary; it will fill you with joy , despair, but most of all love, unconditional love of the animals.
Big Neville Southall

User avatar
Setanta
Lord Chancellor
Posts: 4718
Joined: Tue Jul 26, 2005 10:27 am
Location: Switzerland

Re: 2018/19 End of Season Review

Post by Setanta » Sun May 19, 2019 4:36 pm

Someone has to be the optimist! I think we will win silverware next year. The five new guys look good and with the injuries back - Moore, Addison and Gilroy we will have a squad. I do strongly feel Lowry is a fly-half and too small to be a full-back. For some reason he has not been tried at 10 ?!?! The critical mass will be how the Academy develops; we need depth at centre and back-row from it.
From the rolling glens of Antrim through the hills of Donegal we will stand and shout for Ulster as we win both scrum and maul from the lovely lakes of Fermanagh tae the shores of ould Lough Gall we will scream and shout for Ulster as we beat them one and all!

User avatar
Tender
Red Hand Ambassador
Posts: 2780
Joined: Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:23 pm
Location: Not Spain

Re: 2018/19 End of Season Review

Post by Tender » Sun May 19, 2019 9:57 pm

Better season than we could have hoped for, but expectations were low.
We still have problems at 9 & 10, so unless something changes in that department during the summer I expect a similar outcome next season.
On a positive note, my new seating position in the Mem Stand was an improvement on previous season’s.
Support the Team, not the regime
Guinness is Good For You.

jean valjean
Warrior Assassin
Posts: 1361
Joined: Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:03 pm

Re: 2018/19 End of Season Review

Post by jean valjean » Sun May 19, 2019 10:30 pm

All in all a great more positives than negatives:
Addison and moore have been great additions.
Treaders is starting to fulfil his promise.
Marcel is killing dead things.
Some youngsters have shown they will thrive in the pro game.
Deadwood cut plus the new signings will add to squad depth & quality.

As mentioned before we need more depth at 9 & 10 and consistency of performance is still a worry, but I say in Dan we trust!!
ST bought again and roll on the new season.


Sent from my SM-G965F using Tapatalk

User avatar
Rovi Snave
Warrior
Posts: 1141
Joined: Sun May 13, 2012 1:14 pm
Location: Holywood, but preferably the Terrace

Re: 2018/19 End of Season Review

Post by Rovi Snave » Mon May 20, 2019 11:42 am

If Burns remains in the team / squad we will win nothing :duh:
He's beyond useless - I've given him a year and he's worse at the end of the season than he was at the start. If Dan can't see that then there's little hope for the future!!!! :banghead:
SUPPORT THE TEAM NOT THE REGIME

User avatar
Dave
Rí­ na Cúige Uladh
Posts: 20271
Joined: Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:27 pm

Re: 2018/19 End of Season Review

Post by Dave » Mon May 20, 2019 12:08 pm

The problem for Dan is that we are stuck with him. Hopefully Lowry is given more of a chance with more options at full back next season.
I have my own tv channel, what have you got?

Post Reply