4 different teams have won the league title in the last 25 years, Wigan have won 10, Leeds have won 6, Saints have won 5 and Bradford 4 times. How many international competitions have we won, or even looked like winning over that period in history, not many, hardly a straw man argument.
Statistically the best GB international teams were during the 50-70's, a time when lots of different teams had a chance of winning the title, 11 different teams won the competition between 1950 to 1975, with the most successful teams over the period, St Helens winning it 4 times and Leeds winning the title just 3 times, and a good mix of all sorts of teams winning it a couple of times.
What I'm getting at is, there would appear to be a direct correlation between the equality of the league competition and the success of the international game. The more teams you have in with a chance of winning the title, the better players and the game will be.
I'd also argue the best competition in recent years was Harrison's first year in charge at Batley, the 2009 season, when we narrowly avoided relegation. I'm not stating this from a Batley supporters point of view, but from the point of view of the game as a whole. Leigh would have been relegated that season, having won 9 out of 20 games had Gateshead not gone out of business. The team that won the title, Barrow, only won 13 out of 20 games. That showed that the league was equal and there was real jeopardy and real interest in the whole division, as anyone could have won the title right up to the wire. Surely you cannot argue this was far better than what we have now. Everyone could be absolutely certain who the top two teams were going to be this season after about 5 rounds, Fev and Leigh are so far in front of the rest ,it just isn't interesting.
In answer to your question, I will not walk away,I will continue to watch Rugby as long as Batley continue to play, I've watched them through some pretty sticky times in the early 80's so I'm no stranger to watching a losing side, and my argument is not about having Batley at the top of Super League, I really do not care if we ever achieve it, although I'd be lying if I didn't say I'd love to see it. I'm sure most fans of every club would agree, they would love to go in to a season with everyone having a good chance of winning the title, where a Hunslet or a Keighley or even Dewsbury to a point could go in to a season and realistically have a chance of winning the Grand Final and getting to the very top, surely that is the very essence of all sport isn't it?
What keeps people coming back and indeed coming in the first place is the hope that the team they have chosen to support could do it and win that big prize. I'd like to see the game, where winning titles isn't absolutely reliant on how much money you can generate to spend on the team, it is about putting a good, competitive, skilful team on the field and the bounce of the ball, tactics or desire to win are the deciding factors in games, not simply outclassing everyone else because one or two teams can afford far better players than the rest.
Edited by DOGFATHER, 28 August 2014 - 06:16 PM.