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Graham

Auckland Nines in Progress - Festival of RL!

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Great to see this tournament underway. We're half way through Day 1 on UK TV. After the winter weather we've had it's wonderful to see this festival of RL in the sun of Auckland. Great atmosphere with lots of folk in fancy dress. Watching South's v Dragons currently. Sharks on next. Bunnies have won this one though. Dragons didn't really get going.

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Eden Park looks superb under with the sun beating down. Saw Panthers beat Storm. Ouch! Close though with Melbourne taking just a bit too long to get into the swing of things.

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46,000 enjoying this glorious day. Tigers v Sharks now. Sharks won their previous game. Paul Fallen n Todd Carney on the pitch. Can't be bad for Cronulla.

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Sironen limped off for Tigers. Sharks have player sin binned. Tigers now score try.

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Sharks back in it. They have a good side with Fifita and Feki

Tigers up at half time.

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Some great shots of a beautiful city.

Close game - Knights v Titans.

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Knights passing, strength n speed too good for Titans.

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Nines a better game than 7s. Not so much a lottery.

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Big game next - Warriors v Sea Eagles. Eels looked good. Doggies at sixes and sevens.

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Hometown favourites have magnificent support here. The tournament has hit the right note - it's joyous. Looking forward to seeing Sam Tomkins in action.

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Coote has leg injury ... acl?

Todd Carney may not play tomorrow.

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Ooooh Warriors given try but there was no touch down.

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Home crowd delirious as Warriors punish suffering Manly.

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Having seen a lot of Day 1 games the stand out teams for me were Panthers and Warriors.

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What a brilliant tournament this was. I loved the format. Can't wait for the next one. 

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Exciting stuff with some great performances. It was great to see a lot of promising young talented players taking the field.

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Really enjoyed it, and very glad to read that some of the big name players who didn't appear wanted to play and could well turn out next year. One point I would change though is the 5 point try - an unnecessary gimmick.

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The main advantage of that five point Try is scores are far less likely to be even with the odd number.

Drop goal athons would ruin it.

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What a brilliant tournament this was. I loved the format. Can't wait for the next one. 

Great photo. Just look at that photo, that could be the photo of the century, yet in rugby league its just another day at the grindstone. hehe

This tournament is special, really special. Everyone will want a slice of this cake in a few years time. 

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Today it was announced that this years Auckland Nines tournament made double the projected profits for Auckland City.

 

Auckland rate payers through City council invested 3 million in the tournament.

 

The Targeted return was for 3.8 million in this first year.

 

The Actual figure was 9.3 Million

 

In terms of Visitor numbers :

 

Target 32,887

 

Actual 68,360

 

There is some doubt over whether the Cricket world cup will allow the Nines to be played at Eden Park next year.

 

The  ICC want no events 30 days out from their WC.

 

The NRL want a date which falls three days inside the window as I understand it.

 

It's been very interesting the whole Eden Park Access thing to Rugby league , and the squeeze put on the Warriors franchise to move there.

 

The Warriors had planned their 20th Anniversary opening with a re enactment of their epic 1995 game versus the Brisbane Broncos......a real nostalgia game for Warriors fans.

 

The City council have scuppered that by hiring Mt Smart out for an Eagles concert.

 

All trivial stuff to the non Warrior , but living in NZ I really resent the Power brokers that are Rugby Union and Cricket.....the Old boys network.

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With all the money sloshing around the NRL,is buying Mt Smart stadium off the city council and developing it not an option.

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 There is a possibility that legally Mt Smart ownership will return to the original owners Local Maori.

 

This is a case with a lot of Land Local Maori donated to the City for use over a long term arrangement.

 

The Ports of Auckland for example were leased to the Crown for the benefit of all at a price tag of a round one pound per annum.

 

It will be interesting to see which way the tribunal rules. If they rule Maori own the land then the Warriors would be sorted.

 

Maori ownership tends to support the existing business arrangement / Assets they have taken over.

 

The Cities Largest hospital is such an example.....Maori Land donated for the Hospital to use forever....they have no interest in disrupting the status quo even though legally they could turn it into a money spinner.

 

If the the council are found to be the legal owners then the Warriors themselves could afford to buy Mt Smart.

 

The issues are : 

 

A) would the council sell to them ( probably not because they need league to keep the Crugby white elephant that is Eden Park afloat for those sports.

 

B) Can the Warriors afford a battle with local Govt. There can be only one winner in that one. Union and Cricket have an apartheid like sporting control in NZ ....you really would be taking on the monster.

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