NRL Season 2012Controversy and Change
Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:53 PM
Just another one, much the same? A good one for your team? A stinker?
Now that the season is over we can look back. It might work out as a month by month look - if I can remember enough events? Maybe you can help me out adding anything relevant, or commenting on the moments that stood out in whichever month we're up to.
Lets' see ... ... ... where to start?
Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:03 PM
Early on in the month the Australian Rugby League Commission was officially established. The ARLC took control of the game in Australia.
It took charge of overseeing all 16 NRL clubs.
It also controls Australian Rugby League Development, QRL,NSWRL and other leagues.
So a big step was taken on the 10th february 2012 - The NRL achieved independent governance under chairman John Grant.
it didn't take long before it got into action, It looked to the end of the season play-off system - the McIntyre System often discussed on this forum over recent seasons, and changed it.
it was still to be a top 8 play-off but the top four and bottom four teams were put into separate pools.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 08:12 PM
Titans Shock ...
The Titans were in trouble with big, big debts of $35 million! That goes to show that investing in property isn't always a good thing.
They asked for a bailout of the small matter of $2.5 million. Not long after they ironically have to sell their Centre for Excellence - getting rid of about $20 million of debt in one go, which helped in their aim for long term survival. It's not all rosy in the garden though - it turns out a bank had to write off $7 million as part of the Centres' sale.
Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:14 AM
Eligibility Grumblings ...
There was much tub thumping over the international RL eligibility criteria especially when Kiwi born James Tamou was selected for Australia.
This irritated many as it had only been a few months since he'd been part of the Kiwi Four Nations squad.
To rub it in, not only did he play for the Kangaroos against his birth nation in April, but he played in all three Origin games for the Blues.
Posted 16 October 2012 - 09:17 AM
His accent may say otherwise, but Australia front-rower James Tamou says he feels more comfortable than ever in a Kangaroos jumper after being named players' player by his teammates in Saturday's 18-10 win over his native New Zealand.
Tamou was outstanding against the Kiwis in a high-quality Test at Townsville's Dairy Farmers Stadium, scoring a try in the first half, with a sidestep worthy of a halfback.
This came under the headline "Tamou Loving Life as an Aussie"
Posted 17 October 2012 - 03:51 PM
Controversial Try ...
Queensland star Greg Inglis broke the State of Origin tryscoring record. He took his total to 13 in the first SOO game that gave QLD a 1-0 lead in the series.
Unfortunately the Ingis try was probably the most controversial four pointer of the season, though there were one or two other contenders.
Inglis seemed to have lost the ball in a challenge from Robbie Farah. However video referee Sean Hampstead awarded the try.
Blues captain Paul Gallen blew up at this calling it a ridiculous decision.
Following the game referee's boss Bill Harrigan defended the decision despite the disagreements amongst fans and in the media.
Posted 18 October 2012 - 09:48 AM
Gallop Goes ...
David Gallop stepped down as CEO of the ARLC - did he jump or was he pushed?
He'd be in post for 10 years, leading the game in Australia.
While the ARLC finds a replacement, Shane Mattiske was appointed as interim CEO
Posted 19 October 2012 - 02:58 PM
Panthers Shock ...
Panthers stalwarts shocked when Luke Lewis announces he's leaving at the end of the 2012 season.
Says he wants a fresh start and a new life.
He signed up with Sharks as did his Panthers team mate Michael Gordon.
Also joining Sharks for 2013: Chris Heighington and fellow Tiger Beau Ryan
Posted 20 October 2012 - 12:48 PM
Kearney Leaves ...
Eels coach Stephen Kearney left after a couple of difficult years at the helm.
Other NRL coaches were also to lose their jobs in the following months - Warriors coach Brian McClennan, Brian Smith at Roostrers and Toim Sheens is asked if he's like a different job at the Tigers.
Posted 20 October 2012 - 08:24 PM
Posted 22 October 2012 - 09:10 AM
The administration is again awful despite the changes made. Hollywood Harrigan should be sacked alongside Raper as the match officials is a joke situation. The situation with the salary cap and getting money from Ch 9 and the way bush football is ignored and allowing AFL to gain in many areas is a disgrace for me. Positives for me is the way the NRL can change and any team has a realistic chance of making the 8. Cronulla great to see as was Melbourne. The dogs shocked everybody and came from nowhere to be minor premiers/League Champs. The standards are very high and you rarely see a poor standard game. Some call it boring but personally I would watch NRL over SL anytime as the quality is way better.
Well said LRL - that's an overview of the season in a nutshell.. Anyone who calls NRL boring can't be watching the same RL we are.
The British game is trying to play catchup with NRL. The strength in depth of the pool of players in the game in Oz is one of the main reasons the NRL is must-see for a RL fan. The attacking plays of the last two seasons has been outstanding with a huge number of amazingly athletic tries being scored. NRL turns up a new class of top class rookies every season. 2012 was no exception.
Posted 22 October 2012 - 09:19 AM
The shoulder charge...
becomes a bone of contention! There had been a number of shoulder charges that had made it an issue for discussion.
The shoulder charge Greg Inglis put on Dragons' Dean Young brought the issue into sharper focus.
Inglis' shoulder charge made contact with Young's head pole-axed the bloke.
Inglis was summoned to the judiciary but had his charge downgraded. Ine the event he missed three weeks at an important time for Souths.
In the controversy generated the NRL said it would get tough on shoulder charges which contacted the head - as later was to be the case for Ben Pomeroy (Sharks).
Posted 23 October 2012 - 09:03 AM
Broadcasting Deal ...
Well this was a stand-out moment in terms of off-the-field activity for the season.
The newly empowered ARLC had the pleasure to announce, in the company of Channel Nine and Fox Sports, a record breaking deal for broadcasting NRL and the State of Origin Series across Australia which amounted to over $1 billion for five seasons.
This emphasises just how big and important the sport of RL is to Australians and their media.
Thgis deal sets out the level of service and schedule for most of the year starting with Season 2013.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:16 PM
Saying Goodbye to their Playing Days ..
The end of a punishing NRL season inevitably sees the retirement of some stars who's age or injury has caught up with them.
2012 saw the retirements of such star player as as Nathan Hindmarsh, Luke Burt, Ben Hornby, Dean Young,
Colin Best, Michael Luck, Aaron Payne, Petero Civoniceva, Scott Geddes and Jaiman Lowe
Thanks for the memories.
Posted 25 October 2012 - 03:14 PM
Grand Final Sunday 30th September 2012
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
5:15 pm local time
Both sides were hungry for success. Perhaps James Graham more than most.
It was Melbourne Storm who came out on top in this one defeating Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs by 14 points to 4.
Storm were resolute and once they'd got a working lead they didn't let the Dogs back into it. Who would have predicted a scoreless second half in a major final?
Clive Churchill Medal winner (Man of the Match) Cooper Cronk
Referees: Tony Archer, Ben Cummins
Bulldogs: Ben Barba, Sam Perrett, Josh Morris, Krisnan Inu, Jonathan Wright, Josh Reynolds, Kris Keating, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis ©, Sam Kasiano, Frank Pritchard, Josh Jackson, Greg Eastwood. Interchange: James Graham, Dale Finucane, Corey Payne, David Stagg, Dene Halatau
Storm: Billy Slater, Sisa Waqa, Dane Nielsen, Will Chambers, Justin O'Neill, Gareth Widdop, Cooper Cronk, Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith, Bryan Norrie, Sika Manu, Ryan Hoffman, Todd Lowrie. Interchange: Ryan Hinchcliffe, Kevin Proctor, Jaiman Lowe, Richie Fa'aoso, Rory Kostjasyn, Mahe Fonua, Siosaia Vave, Anthony Quinn