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#3170635 New TV Deal in Oz

Posted by DiddyDave on 04 August 2015 - 05:42 AM

A $1.7 billion deal until 2022 that could see the star players earning "up to $1.5 million a year",is on the verge of being secured and Dave Smith hopes to sign off on the deal before the end of the season. Hmmm,I guess it will stop the odd "star" heading off to rugby yawnion or American football because $750,000 isn`t enough,but whether it will mean better games is a moot point. The NRL need to ensure that the game stays exciting and still affordable to the average supporter,but if it means an increase at the gate,or an increase to get the game on Fox Sports,well they can stick it for me. As if these blokes aren`t on enough money already when the average ordinary Joe Blow`s wages and conditions are constantly under attack these days from greedy employers and brain dead politicians has me shaking my head. It`ll be interesting to see what Paul Kent thinks about this as he was the one on RFL360 last week who put forward the possibilty that 12 clubs might set up their own competition after 2018 if "a lot of their concerns aren`t met by the NRL". In other words,another potential Super League type war.

#3135945 Intrust Super Cup (QLD Cup) thread

Posted by DiddyDave on 05 June 2015 - 11:25 PM

I go to watch Tweed Heads Seagulls whenever they`re at home,a cracking 50-4 win over Burleigh last week was good,but we were well flogged by Townsville,28-0, in our previous home game. Shaun McRae has been manager for a couple of years now,but don`t think he has much to do with the coaching side of things. Yes,it is a good standard of football,but then it should be,with all clubs having blokes who`ve played in the NRL,mainly fringe players trying to get back in to their respective top team.

#3134680 Cherry-Evans backflips on Titans deal

Posted by DiddyDave on 03 June 2015 - 11:51 PM

Same as that other clown,Sonny Bill,who walked out on his teammates and club,the one that kept paying him when he was injured more times than he was on the park. Where there`s big money,there`s either corruption,a la FIFA,or shenanigan dealings that affects the most important people in any sport,us the fans,the ones who keep any sport going. DCE obviously used the Titans signing as a way to get an unbelievable deal from Manly,who,as we all know,are at the bottom of the pile at the moment,so more desperate to keep their best players. In another few weeks it will all be forgotten and the game will carry on. Loyalty,now there`s a word!!

#3080625 C`Mon Hornets!

Posted by DiddyDave on 28 February 2015 - 11:11 PM

First match of the season, so let`s start as we mean to carry on with a decent win and set things up for a return back to the Championship. Come on lads, all the best for the upcoming campaign. From far off New South Wales, I`ll be cheering you on every game!!

#3078765 Titans in Crisis - Just before the 2015 season starts

Posted by DiddyDave on 25 February 2015 - 10:34 PM

Yes, the board have stayed on, the NRL presumably paying the bills, though I`d say they`ll be desperately trying to get a new major sponsor to take the Titans into the future.

#3077796 Titans in Crisis - Just before the 2015 season starts

Posted by DiddyDave on 24 February 2015 - 10:09 AM

Well the Titans have been put in administration and have gone under the control of the NRL, so let`s hope the club will ride this out and eventually come out the other side with an optimistic future.
It looks like this would`ve happened even without this latest players` aberration as they don`t have a major sponsor. Let`s hope the Gold Coast will get behind the club in its hour of need, but somehow I have my doubts. History tells us that the Gold Coast doesn`t really care too much for its sporting teams in most codes. League, soccer and basketball have all seen teams disappear from national competitions in recent years and Aussie Rules only survives through a massive investment from the AFL, so you`d have to think it`s going to be a long struggle. Anyway, we`ll be there for the first game and for as many games as we can get to this season. I`m a Warriors supporter through and through, but me and the missus will be there so we can do our bit to hopefully ensure the Gold Coast Titans survive this season and beyond.

#3060390 Cock-a -doodle Burgess

Posted by DiddyDave on 25 January 2015 - 03:33 AM

Are there any players over there not called Burgess??


Posted by DiddyDave on 22 January 2015 - 02:11 AM

Yep, Arthur Buckley, head of the junior school, he was an Anglican minister as well. He used to take us for the odd lesson, but he`d always get side tracked by saying, "I remember when I was in the army", and away he`d go. He gave a lot of us the cane one day when we all went outside the big gates on Park Road to get fresh snow for chucking snow balls at play time! Silly owd ######. That ha`penny shop; was that Audrey`s opposite the Cloverdale on Entwistle Road? You could also get a threepenny Tizer or Dandelion and Burdock drink too. She was a lovely lady, I think somebody said she met a bloke and went out to Canada. Great memories of that brook than ran from around Watergrove down to where it joined the Roche at the bottom of Gower Street, we caught loads of sticklebacks in there and fell in a few times too! Great memories as we didn`t know anything else in those days and wish it could`ve been like that for ever, but we all have to grow up.


Posted by DiddyDave on 17 January 2015 - 02:39 AM

Hi Baron,I can`t recall Maryland Place,but it sounds really grand! It must`ve been off Cook Street then,cos that`s where Hamer WMC was? Did you know Seamus Conroy who I went to the Tech with? Also,Fred Preston,John Forsyth,Bomber Stratton and Ian Caveney (Dweller)?

#3048555 Rochdale AFC, EGM

Posted by DiddyDave on 23 December 2014 - 10:17 PM

Don`t know about true colours shining through as the Baron said, but I`d call it being realistic. How does the Baron work out that Dale have ensured that the Stadium Company was to fail? No matter. Surely the Stadium Company has kept both codes in existence, but times change and it`s time for a change. The Hornets of today are a lot different than the Hornets of the eighties, they were doing ok, but Super League came along and clubs like Hornets were basically sent to the wall. You have to thank Red Hill for that, they only wanted elitist clubs and they got it, the rest were left to survive as best as they could, and Hornets, bless `em, are doing just that. It sounds to me like a good deal for Hornets, at least they don`t have to struggle to find a ground to play on like Oldham and Swinton, and I`m sure most visiting teams would be more than happy to play at a decent venue like Spotland. Time will tell.

#3044303 RL Revolution,Australia Style

Posted by DiddyDave on 12 December 2014 - 10:17 PM

Good on ya mate, this great game is OUR game, not theirs. People like Smith and his ilk are here today, gone tomorrow to some other grubby big money venture, while it`s us fans who actually keep the game, or any other game going. The ABC have some good journos and commentators who often ask questions about the general health of the game, though their two best, Dave Morrow and Warren Ryan, have both recently fallen foul of the pc brigade and have both resigned or retired. But as spectators, we should all have a say on the future and direction the game is going, not just accepting carte blanche what the blokes in suits tell us, so we need to "watch this space" whenever news from GHQ is reported. As I say, it`s OUR game, not theirs.

#3043201 NRL Team Wellington

Posted by DiddyDave on 09 December 2014 - 10:52 PM

As a bloke who`s lived in New Zealand from 1972-2007,I dispute the clamour for another team entering the NRL from the Shaky Isles. There might be more Kiwis playing in the comp, but a big majority of those are from the Islands who just used NZ as a stepping stone to enter Oz. Everyone knows rugby yawnion is the main game played professionally in NZ, all eventual League players having been forced to play the 15 a side game at school, which is not the case in Australia. As R L Winger says, Wellington or any other proposed new NZ team, should wait their turn if they were to increase the comp to 18 teams, though I have big reservations about even that. The comp can`t even play every other club twice a year as it is now, so how they`d run it with two extra teams defies logic. Think about it, one NZ team is always going to be better player wise, financially wise, and interest wise than two.  But after 20 years the Warriors are still to show us that they can cut the mustard with the Aussie teams, two losing grand finals and occasionally making the play offs, to me, does not mean they`ve been all that successful. They have a massive supporter base, junior base and a good stadium (for how long, we don`t know), but are still to show us that they are an automatic top eight side, so let`s get real.

#3043173 RL Revolution,Australia Style

Posted by DiddyDave on 09 December 2014 - 10:22 PM

Well, all I can say is, I don`t want to see any game that is spontaneous, like Rugby League is, to be controlled by television like sport is in America, more money or not. To me, all games are reliant on the people who go along every week and pay our hard earned through the turnstiles. No fans means no game, but television doesn`t care about that, all they want is to slam us with the same boring, intelligence insulting ads at every opportunity, and I for one don`t want a bar of it. As I say, I`ll refuse to watch the game if these crackpot "innovations" eventually take hold. There`s half a dozen clubs or more that I can go to see within a few miles of where I live here in Tweed Heads, and to be honest, I get just as much enjoyment and more from watching them as I do going up the road to watch the Titans.

#3042714 RL Revolution,Australia Style

Posted by DiddyDave on 09 December 2014 - 05:11 AM

Has anybody seen the new "radical changes" that the Aussies (NRL rules and competition committee) are reportedly wanting to bring in? They`re proposing four twenty minute quarters over a 100 minute period obviously to accommodate more advertising that would "generate millions of dollars". In other words American Football by default. Have the powers that be in the Old Dart been notified of this load of codswallop? How come it always seems to be the Aussies who want to change this game that we all love? I`m sick of going to NRL matches already with the amount of advertising and crass music they play at every opportunity, preferring to watch the local footy where you get eighty minutes of what I expect, RUGBY LEAGUE. Don`t let this happen, stuff Channel 9 and Foxtel.

#2999685 Match Day 2015...

Posted by DiddyDave on 21 September 2014 - 12:55 AM

Think this is a non starter straight away. The RFL would have to pencil Hornets in to play at Spotland on when Dale are away,and in any case nobody has yet mentioned if the opposition would want to play on Saturdays. I rather think not as a lot of players would work on Saturdays with Sundays being the only day free to play. And,as has been pointed out,Mayfield play on Saturdays,so no,it`s a bloody stupid idea.