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Historic Broadcast Deal for Intrust Super Premiership

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Interesting..........will this see the gap close with the Queensland cup? Would be good to see Fiji join the party!

http://www.totalrl.com/historic-broadcast-deal-intrust-super-premiership/

The NSWRL’s premier competition below the NRL Premiership, the Intrust Super Premiership NSW, will be broadcast live on Channel Nine – one of Australia’s major television networks – in 2018 for the first time. This Channel Nine coverage will work alongside an increased coverage from FOX SPORTS, making it the most watched in the history of the competition.

Although full details of the draw are yet to be finalised, all 24 rounds of the regular season will feature in a 1pm Saturday slot, live on the Nine Network. Up to two live games will also be covered each week on FOX LEAGUE, on Foxtel – FOX SPORTS’ dedicated Rugby League channel.

Barrie-Jon Mather, the NSWRL General Manager of Football, spoke of the effort that has gone into making this happen: “We’ve worked really hard with the 12 clubs and the broadcasters to build a draw that will take the Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition to a bigger audience than ever before,”

“Next season, with the support of Channel Nine, FOX LEAGUE and the NRL, the quality and the talent of the NRL’s next-generation will be on show for all to see.

For the first time, free-to-air TV will showcase our state’s premier competition, highlighting the continued growth and quality of the league.”

It is becoming increasingly likely that the coverage by Channel Nine will begin when the competition kicks-off in Round One as St George Illawarra take on the Mounties at WIN Stadium.

Tom Malone, Channel Nine’s Director of Sport, hailed the increased coverage that will be given to the competition by his network: “We’re very excited to be broadcasting the Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition in 2018. It’s a great competition with so much heritage and tribalism. It will be terrific to see the likes of the North Sydney Bears and Newtown Jets back at the centre of Sydney’s Rugby League television offering.”

The 2018 season will include three special rounds:

Respect Round (Round 5, 7-8 April), to coincide with the beginning of the Junior League season

Magic Round (Round 11, 19-20 May), which will see two triple-headers of Intrust Super Premiership NSW games, likely to be played at the iconic venues, Henson Park and North Sydney Oval

Heritage Round (Round 20, 28-29 July), which will raise awareness and funds for Men of League.

Newtown Jets CEO, Stuart McCarthy expressed his delight: “Henson Park is renowned for a great atmosphere for Intrust Super Premiership NSW games and I think it would be wonderful afternoon.

“The more teams and the more groups of supporters who can come down and experience an old-fashioned day of afternoon football the better for everyone involved in the game.”

Yet another feature of the competition will be the inclusion of several double-headers with the new-look Jersey Flegg Cup (an Under-20 competition) or other NSWRL competitions, rather than just stand-alone games.

Brendan O’Farrell, the Intrust Super CEO, could not hide his excitement over the new deal: “As a passionate supporter of grass-roots Rugby League, Intrust Super is delighted that fans will be treated with plenty of double-headers and special rounds. These events increase the level of excitement around the Intrust Super Premiership NSW matches and the game generally.

“Naturally, we are also excited about the prospect of having this fantastic competition screened on free-to-air television this season. This will do great things for the profile of the game and also help extend its reach to more loyal fans.”

NSWRL recognises the NRL’s support, and particularly David Silverton, in delivering such a brilliant broadcasting outcome for the competition.

Other key features in the draw include:

Round 1: Premiers Penrith begin their title defence at home against Wentworthville

Round 3: Traditional rivals North Sydney Bears and Newtown Jets contest the Frank Hyde Shield – named in honour of the NSW’s representative, Frank Hyde, whom was later awarded an MBE for his work as a commentator

Round 13: Grand Final re-match as Wyong have the chance to avenge last season’s Grand Final heartache against the Panthers.

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Is that the former Wigan and England centre Barrie-John Mather??

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1 hour ago, walter sobchak said:

Is that the former Wigan and England centre Barrie-John Mather??

No it's one of the many Barrie-John Mathers. If you go to Matherville, near Gosford, there's a suburb called Mather Heights and nearly every one there is named Mather. The original Barrie-John was a Welsh migrant who set up a new utopian society in the area in the 1830s based on the work of Lock, Mill and Hume. That's why so many of the kids are named Barrie-John. The society was a huge success until RL started in the area then fell apart due to the bickering between the RL and RU factions of Matherville.

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These were the original architect's drawings for Matherville:

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and this is how it looked in 2003:

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8 hours ago, Farmduck said:

No it's one of the many Barrie-John Mathers. If you go to Matherville, near Gosford, there's a suburb called Mather Heights and nearly every one there is named Mather. The original Barrie-John was a Welsh migrant who set up a new utopian society in the area in the 1830s based on the work of Lock, Mill and Hume. That's why so many of the kids are named Barrie-John. The society was a huge success until RL started in the area then fell apart due to the bickering between the RL and RU factions of Matherville.

Do you speak of country Mathers?

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10 minutes ago, longboard said:

Do you speak of country Mathers?

No it wasn't a country. More of a settlement of like-minded pioneers. The original Barrie-John Mather was an unsuccessful part-time Welsh middle-weight who was heavily influenced by the ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment. (Often called the English Enlightenment for reasons of cultural appropriation.) At the time, the Welsh Boxing Federation was dominated by the works of Spinoza and Hobbes. Mather found this not only intellectually stifling but also felt that it was affecting his career as he wasn't getting the bouts he felt he deserved and he was even snubbed at the Annual Spinoza Festival of Fisticuffs, where he was left off the programme entirely.

He gathered a few followers from his gym in Senghenydd and headed for a new life in the Antipodes.

 

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Be good if we could see some of this . Could Prem redeem themselves and get this cheap ?

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4 hours ago, Farmduck said:

No it wasn't a country. More of a settlement of like-minded pioneers. The original Barrie-John Mather was an unsuccessful part-time Welsh middle-weight who was heavily influenced by the ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment. (Often called the English Enlightenment for reasons of cultural appropriation.) At the time, the Welsh Boxing Federation was dominated by the works of Spinoza and Hobbes. Mather found this not only intellectually stifling but also felt that it was affecting his career as he wasn't getting the bouts he felt he deserved and he was even snubbed at the Annual Spinoza Festival of Fisticuffs, where he was left off the programme entirely.

He gathered a few followers from his gym in Senghenydd and headed for a new life in the Antipodes.

 

Are you a country member?

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1 hour ago, DavidM said:

Be good if we could see some of this . Could Prem redeem themselves and get this cheap ?

If Premier picked up the lower Australian leagues (this and the Queensland Cup), I wonder how many subscribers they'd get back. They already do Division 2 Spanish Football.

I'd quite enjoy seeing those teams in action, but I don't know if the novelty would wear off after a while or not. But future NRL stars learn their craft in teams like these, so it could be interesting.

I'd assume they could get the rights pretty cheap, which is always a Premier Sports consideration.

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14 hours ago, Farmduck said:

No it's one of the many Barrie-John Mathers. If you go to Matherville, near Gosford, there's a suburb called Mather Heights and nearly every one there is named Mather. The original Barrie-John was a Welsh migrant who set up a new utopian society in the area in the 1830s based on the work of Lock, Mill and Hume. That's why so many of the kids are named Barrie-John. The society was a huge success until RL started in the area then fell apart due to the bickering between the RL and RU factions of Matherville.

You're a sarky git ducky. Keep up the good work ;)

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