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  1. I lived in a very rural part of the US for a year. God and guns are everything to most of the people where I lived. These people will never ever give up their guns.

    Gun racks on cars, holsters, next to the TV remote control, on the kitchen bench, adjusting rifle sights on the side of the road etc… guns were absolutely everywhere. It’s hard to describe to someone who’s never lived there how much they love their weapons.

  2. My happiness with rugby league increased dramatically when I stopped:

    1 - trying to actively evangelise;

    2- following administrative politics and failings; and

    3- stressing too much about the sport as a whole.

    I mostly just enjoy the matches these days and the game day experience. It’s exactly what I needed and was a detox from the negative parts of the sport  … and I now enjoy the sport more than ever these days.

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  3. Great win by the Raiders over the Sharks (30-10).

    Even more amazing when you consider the Raiders had three players sent to the sin bin and two of those overlapped. The Raiders were down to 11 men for a while.

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  4. 50 minutes ago, The Rocket said:

    They`ve been saving this for Magic Round.

    The Sunday Telegraph can reveal WA’s Minister Sport David Templeman and the chairman of Venues West Peter Bauchop are in Brisbane for Magic Round for talks with NRL powerbrokers about a possible alliance with one of rugby league’s most famous old clubs.

    The chairman of the North Sydney Bears, Daniel Dickson, has confirmed the two parties had recent talks.

    They are obviously attracted to our heritage,” Dickson said.

    “The path for us was always to go alone but they have reached out and we’ll listen to all options.

    “We both have a desire to be in the NRL so anything is possible.

    The Perth bid is super impressive in that it has the full support of a WA government that is prepared to invest money into the bid and provide long-term financial support.

    It would also open up a new market for the game with huge growth opportunities.

    The NRL has added the Dolphins as the 17th team for next year but are keen to add an 18th franchise to increase broadcast revenue from the extra game each weekend.

    Commission chairman Peter V’landys and CEO Andrew Abdo will no doubt have talks with WA government officials in Perth for Origin II on June 26.

    WA would want the majority of home games to be played in Perth but North Sydney Oval would host up to six games each year.

    HBF Park, a modern rectangular stadium, would host the matches in Perth.

    The Bears might be finished as a stand-alone NRL club but they are pretty wealthy and committed to having a team in the NRL somehow. This sounds promising.



    If WA gets its own nrl team it should probably be a true WA team and not the Bears.  

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  5. I know it’s only a small sample size but when my friends started with the affordable Kayo app they watched a lot more games than they ever did with just ch9.

    Kayo has revolutionised watching the NRL in Australia. We no longer require an expensive Foxtel subscription and kayo still has all the extra magazine style NRL shows most days.

    I wonder if all the rugby league analysis shows on kayo also increases the RL smarts of the audience which then contributes to some viewers watching more matches?

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  6. 29 minutes ago, Anita Bath said:

    just finished watching the betfred Challenge Cup semi finals, then switched channel to watch the premier league footy, 45% of the teams shirts sponsors being betting companies (another 6 in the championship).


    Seems like it is as pervasive in UK as in Aus.

    There’s really no comparison between the UK and Australia re gambling issues. Australia is a global standout by a significant margin.

  7. 3 hours ago, gingerjon said:

    Australia has a massive gambling problem. We all know this.

    The size of the gambling problem in Australia is absolutely disgraceful. We are on the extreme edge of gambling in the same way the US is with guns. It’s a disease that has infected our culture. When it’s everywhere it becomes normal.

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  8. 6 hours ago, The Rocket said:

    This is Adam Elliott who:

    1) stripped naked standing on a table at a bar singing Sweet Caroline at end of year celebrations;

    2) had a quick pash with his best mate`s fiancee when his mate left the room last year ( and got caught ) btw the weddings off;

    3) during the off-season got busted naked in the disabled toilet in a crowded pub with an NRLW player.

    And now:

    NRL: Raiders' Adam Elliott channels ancient Chinese philosophy for Warriors clash

    NRL: Raiders' Adam Elliott channels ancient Chinese philosophy for Warriors clash | The Canberra Times | Canberra, ACT

    I couldn`t open the article, any one know their Chinese philosophers and what words of wisdom might be inspiring the love machine.


    Sounds like he enjoys getting his gear off!

    He should get down to Kambah Pool in Canberra then. It’s a stretch of the Murrumbidgee river where naked swimming and sunbathing is legal.


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  9. 6 hours ago, Tony Angelino said:

    Although the tackle was OTT and heavy handed there’s the genuine possibility of numerous copycat incidents disrupting games for social media clicks.

    There has been at least three I know of in a few weeks.

    The pitch invader at the Raiders game the other night was the fastest pitch invader I’ve ever seen. He sprinted diagonally across the field, jumped the boundary fence, sprinted up the corner ramp and out of the stadium. The security guards around the pitch ignored him.

  10. 28 minutes ago, Martyn Sadler said:

    The AFL is a very well organised, well financed and determined competitor for the NRL, which Lee points out and he explains why and how AFL has infiltrated into NSW and Queensland.

    We can either ignore that completely or do something about it in response.

    But to take the former course seems unwise to me - short term comfort at the expense of long term discomfort.

    I forget the exact year but at around 2007 I had professional dealings with very senior and high profile figures in rugby league and also senior development people within the AFL.

    The AFL sent an entire team to meet with me and were unbelievably slick, responsive, open and listened carefully to what I had to say.

    The professionalism of the AFL was an absolute pleasure to deal with.

    The difference between them and rugby league was night and day.

    I really hope things have changed.

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  11. This part of the article is interesting 


    The highest rating match of the season on Nine – a record-breaking 40-4 win by the Dragons over the Knights – attracted a little more than 142,000 viewers in metropolitan and regional areas on Channel Nine alone.

    The combined average of just over 200,000 viewers is about a 50 per cent increase on 2020, and rivals that of NRL and AFL matches that are played in early timeslots on Saturdays and Sundays.

  12. 25 minutes ago, RL Tragic said:

    I take your points and I understand that there is lots of redress and cultural rebalance needed in Australia and also applaud a nation trying to make peace and come to terms with the past . Regarding the game I am just wary how far and what path it and other initiatives the NRL are pushing will take the game as a whole , I’m just not sure long term it promotes cohesion. In isolation I totally understand it’s a celebration of two ancient cultures however historically this tribalism tends to lead to jingoism and I’m concerned that it could narrow as opposed to broaden the games appeal . Like I say it’s just a personal concern on the merits of a game that’s selected in this way . 

    By acknowledging their cultures and special place it does promote cohesion because it builds respect.

    At huge numbers of events at schools, information sessions, public lectures, public events, even some work meetings etc an acknowledgment of country or welcome to country is said before proceedings begin. It’s usually a variation of what’s at this link: https://www.indigenous.gov.au/contact-us/welcome_acknowledgement-country

    The wider Australian community has generally embraced these developments as something that builds bridges between the indigenous and non-indigenous community.

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  13. On 22/03/2022 at 21:57, RL Tragic said:

    I’m all for that , however I think the fact that the pre season game of indigenous v Māori does anything but celebrate diversity. It is made up of two teams composed of people who categorise themselves as from a certain racial background and excludes all others . Surely this is the exact opposite of celebrating diversity. 

    You’re stripping it of its Australian and New Zealand context of colonialism and oppression.

    It’s a recognition of indigenous Australians and New Zealanders and their place in this part of the world. 

    Australia has a diverse population. That doesn’t mean we all bring the same thing to the table and should all receive the exact same treatment with regards to matches like this.

    Including others would not make sense as others do not have any long historical right to the land and country in the way they do. 

    Even as late as 1984 in the Gibson desert of the Pintupi 9 made “first contact” with white Australia.

    The match is a wonderful acknowledgment of Australian diversity.

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  14. 2 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

    41,582 watched the Socceroos lose to Japan.

    Higher than any crowd for the Kangaroos in eight years.

    (Mind you, I'd not be watching the A League if I was in Oz. It's not exactly thrilling.)

    For many Australians, the Socceroos are the only soccer team in Australia they support.

    However, there are still plenty of soccer loving people like my son and his friends who’d pick Liverpool and the Canberra Raiders over the Socceroos every day of the week. 

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