i don't believe the aussies have 16 teams that can compete, some get battered nearly evey week the leveller in oz is Origin when its played poorer sides get a crack at weakend teams who are resting origin squad members.
Fair enough. They do however seem to financially sustain their league better than us through a higher level of fans, sponsorship, interest in the game and numbers of quality players.
I like the idea of 16 clubs because it roughly represent the number of independant clubs we have as championship clubs lose fans hand over fist and turn to being dependent on SL partners.
But we would throw up many fixtures in which club "A" batters club "B" and yes it happens in Australia point taken. However the reaction of fans to being battered is best seen at London and Salford where crowds dropped to 2,000. At that level SL cannot be sustained without a rich man dishing out literally millions.
Again I have no knowledge of how Australian clubs sustain their finances to carry on in the NRL, but the financial difficulties at SL clubs are laid bare. Hudgell for instance says he puts in £500K a year, now he isn't doing that other clubs are picking his team apart big style. Bulls, Widnes, Wakefield and Cas equally have chairmen who confirm there'll be no money from them.
The only difference I know of is the Australians have a much bigger production line of players than us, and have added our best players to that. It's early days yet as HKR and Cas put in heroic displays, but as the best players left in the clubs weakened by financial collapse steadily leave for the bigger SL clubs one can only assume that once that process is complete, there are some regular top.v.bottom hammerings to come. Will these matter? As you say they don't seem to matter in Australia, and as others say clubs can get on a roll and hammer other clubs then it will be someone else's turn a week later.
For me clubs like Salford and London have had some sustained batterings and have no chance on the resultant 2,000 crowds. Halifax's batterings in one season led to 2,000 crowds in 2003. What would Featherstones crowds be if they lost regularly?
The difference between SL and NRL seems to be resources, I'd guess at their bottom end they have more fans, quality players and financial support than the bottom end of SL. That is borne out by SL clubs agreeing 14 clubs cannot be sustained. Whether a 12 club league can I dunno, but they don't seem to want to take the risk without the plan of taking out the bottom four clubs late in the season every year and giving them easier fixtures and something to win. That smacks of being afraid for our smaller SL clubs.....
Edited by The Parksider, 01 July 2013 - 06:18 AM.