At times in the past people been asked to keep quiet and I’ve respected that for a majority of year until recently, but shouldn’t this apply to everyone??? It has been constant complaints by the FIRL after most press releases about the "rebels" development this year and also many comments by a couple of FIRL members on the rebels facebook page.
But no responses to a proposal for unification??
In relation to democracy, the FIRFL proposal is to follow all CONI procedures and policies (chiefly board/membership structure and voting).
- The executive should be members of clubs within Italy, NOT mostly based in foreign countries. This shows the home of a federation is not in Italy (this is the mere truth, not questioning the passion or worth of anyone).
- FIRL want the statute divided into four main regional committees with always a set number of votes for each, so if CENTRAL had 20 members and NW had 8 votes (even with 4 members) it would not matter. This simply does NOT reflect the Number of clubs or Domestic Development. Add in the FIRL would add further votes from three foreign sub-committees (AUS, ENG and FRA) and others such as Referees, Players, Coaches, etc. One can see this is NOT DEMOCRATIC (and there is evidence of this…)
- Hence, 1 vote per 1 team.
Not everyone has to be on the executive board but I think can still have a good say or be involved with strengthening rugby league in their club or area.
FIRL members have repeatedly labelled the “Rebels” dishonest, non-transparent and liars most often behind the scenes. Then please explain this promoted DOMESTIC DEVELOPMENT? This year the FIRL Championship was repeatedly announced in pressers to have 12 clubs, this later followed with a presser about 11 teams before the Season Launch and their website had 10 clubs in an uncompleted table and FIRL since stating 10 clubs, but the RLEF state 8 “ITA 4 club / 6 match comp in 2010; 10 club / 15 match comp in 2013 [8 clubs.” But the numbers do not add up for matches according to the website. Half the clubs played 1 championship game (or none) according to results; Tirreno Sharks played XIII della Ghirlandina only once with the Tirreno official has continued to ridicule Rebel development from earlier this. The NE Italian (Padova, VE) conference is unclear in regards to teams (outside of Este Rams) and results.
Credit where it is due, the North West competition appears under positive conference management (led by Kelly Rolleston).
Where is the Firenze RL? Why did Tirreno Sharks and XIII della ghirlandina play only one match in the championship? And others with similar amount of regular season matches.
Where is Parma RL, Padova 555 RL and Melma Silea RL from 2012? Where is clear evidence from all Central and North East matches and teams from the last three years?
In 2002 (with origins to 1995), FIRL initiated its movement in Italy, after 11 years the federation has a championship (North) with 1-3 rounds each of the three conferences before finals for 8-10 clubs.
In 2010, another federation (FIRFL) began its domestic activity (but went independent early) and now have a 9 clubs with three conferences (North, Central & South) in their championship with 3-6 rounds per conference. 56 total affiliated clubs spread across three tiers.
I CAN give credit to both sides to having some youth and women's league work
There seems to be “mixed messages” coming from FIRL people with a recent press release saying why didn’t we have a member watch their games and why didn’t have any players in the European Shield. Whilst, have been told it would be against a constitution to pick players from two different competitions, perhaps different rules for USA Tomahawks picking players from two different competitions?
Where is the reflection in strong domestic development? Opportunities for more domestic players? Loyalty??
It isn't a reflection of the real Italian Rugby League movement
It was stated there would be a training camp before the RLWC in response to rl fans criticism about the RLWC ITALIAN SQUAD LAUNCH IN SYDNEY and I actually thought that was a good idea. This is no longer the case and is in Sydney.....
Hence very limited exposure in Italy.
FIRL will have Australian sponsor's (along with the large fundraising) for the RLWC campaign, so without the Australian members would be unable to go.
I think anyone can say the Australian-Italian FIRL members and Italian community in Australia have obvious strong worth (particularly to fundraising etc) and in particularly Kelly Rolleston in the NW comp (ive heard positive things).
Simply, the leadership led from the one man at the top based in Italy (Padova) itself, is NOT a reflection of a strong movement. Big issues coming from him this year is not Transparency nor honesty! (but not willing to discuss any)