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The Rocket

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  1. Will be interesting to see how many of the supposed latent 200 000 fans turn up for their GF. I`m sure potential partners in other regions would be very interested just to see just how latent that support is. Big Bears dominated crowd would certainly give them more bargaining power at the table in any merger talks.
  2. Who lifteth the veil of what is to come. Who painteth the shadows that are beneath. Yeah, great news especially the 25% growth YOY. Interestingly the NRLW Wrap rated 180 000 the other day, seems a bit like that conundrum you posed the other day re f-ballW, a lot more watching the highlights than watching the games, no so pronounced in the League though.
  3. Yeah it`s a bit confusing, the 128m figure is what the NRL are claiming, fumbleball loving sportsindustry the other figure. It`s an odd number to round up to if that`s what the NRL are doing, my bet is that they know something that sportsindustry don`t.
  4. At the risk of aggravating you further in regards NRL intransigence I believe a major sponsorship for the game with a major airline fell through once the NRL failed to back the event.
  5. NRL buys 71-room hotel next to Shark Park after Peter V’landys’ funding promise | The Australian "Peter V’landys vow to keep the Sharks in the Shire has taken even more significance for the ARL Commission after head office revealed they had purchased a 71-room hotel adjacent to Cronulla’s home ground. "The commission confirmed the purchase on Tuesday morning in a move designed to future-proof the code’s financial stability. It comes hot on the heels of V’landys’ declaration at the weekend that he was committed to securing the Sharks’ funding for a centre of excellence and upgrading its home ground. "The commission’s latest investment, which follows their $25 million purchase of Gambaro’s hotel and restaurant in Brisbane last year, means the Sharks take on even more strategic importance for the code given the hotel overlooks Pointsbet Stadium. The hotel is due to open in October and accommodation will be fully managed and operated by Quest. V’landys has been outspoken in his support for suburban grounds, claiming the code needs to nurture its tribalism. As well as the hotel, the area around Pointsbet Stadium will accommodate shopping centres, cafes, bars and restaurants.
  6. One of my highlights for the year has been seeing Australia`s oldest and first (est. 1817) bank Westpac come on board as a major sponsor. Rugby League needs more blue-chip sponsors like this. I`d like to think they would be pretty pleased with the amount of exposure they`ve been getting this year as well. Their humorous Rugby League themed advert has been a brilliant change from the usual advertising we attract as well. westpac rugby league ad - Google Search
  7. Here comes another one, here it comes again.... Storm sign impressive young forward to long-term deal - NRL News - Zero Tackle "His debut in the competition came after the Melbourne local progressed through the club's SG Ball U19s side"
  8. Five minutes ago you were telling us that World Cups were worthless, (only a fumbleball fan would believe that anyway), now the union world cup is going to kill off any Rugby League played in the US. Have you got any more bad news.
  9. They did, I remember reading a few years back that they had spent several million dollars on junior development in Melbourne over the previous twenty years. Things got so desperate that it was only a few years back they ran a campaign aimed at kids with the tag line " you can try both codes you know". This does to be the accepted wisdom, the Storm name, Storm colours, Storm involvement. Someone on here said the Storm relied for far too long on recruiting out of Qld-and I`d add NZ - and they were probably right. I`d add one other thing here for all those that I`ve noticed have been knocking the Storm`s development success rate, I believe that these things may tend to be exponential up to a point. Getting that initial critical mass engagement is the hard part, once the game reaches that point, engagement will be a lot easier after that. Hopefully Rugby League in Victoria has now reached that point.
  10. Two Victorians and two Western Australians in tonight`s game. So great to see players from other states making an appearance. Hopefully with Victorian Rugby League working with the Storm more nowadays and a Western Australian team likely entering the competition a sign of things to come. Great for the game in so many ways.
  11. 2nd string, 1st string, who cares, it`s just great to see these nations having the desire to play each other. For me it gives the game more cred that we have an international scene no matter how small the number of participants in the countries involved.
  12. There was a push to reintroduce reserve grade by V`landy`s to provide more game day content and hopefully boost crowds like we had in the past where you could watch your team`s 18`s, reserves, and first grade on the one day. I don`t think V`landy`s, or anyone for that matter, anticipated how entertaining the NRLW was going to be and it strikes me that the men`s, women`s double headers are the way to go. I`d be interested to know whether clubs like Newcastle, who are getting up to 17 000 turning up early for the women`s, are sticking a few extra dollars on the ticket price. Seems like a good way to me to help the women`s game to start paying for itself. Saying that while acknowledging all the non-monetary positive externalities the NRLW is bringing to the code.
  13. The media coverage has pretty well been relentlessly positive throughout the whole tournament and only getting bigger and bigger as the Matildas progressed, and then there was this: The Australia media giving Eddie Jones and his wallabies a right royal send-off on their way to their own world cup. 'Give yourself upper cuts': Eddie furious at journos after 'worst press conference I've ever had' (theroar.com.au)
  14. Fire up the barby and get the beers in the fridge, we`re coming over.
  15. I`m taking the $25 million comment with a very large grain of salt as well, the use of the word `reportedly` probably sums it up. What does appear to be fact though is the Federal Gov`t tipping in $5.5m to invest in junior pathways, this would be much more in line with a team coming in in the future. I have to admit I`m confused as to why we continue to read P.N.G. as being the 18th team frontrunner, the only justification I can think of is a) the Federal Gov`t wanting to continue to curry favour with the P.N. G. Gov`t, and b) V`landy`s continuing to apply pressure on the West Australians to up their bid.
  16. Seeing so many games played out of P.N.G.(and hopefully on an on-going annual basis) may be part of the strategy to encourage the P.N.G. Gov`t to start upgrading infrastructure in readiness for an NRL team in the future.
  17. Seems like they are doing a lot of things right given that growth trajectory and their on-field success but I do know that one thing that the Victorian Rugby League has done recently and many are claiming it to be a very successful move and that is attach the Storm name to just about everything they can in the Victorian Rugby League scene. Thereby leveraging the success of the Storm and generating what you might call I suppose the halo effect on all things Rugby League Victoria.
  18. In that case call it an investment in maintaining and growing the supporter base of those two clubs. I`m always struck by the number of twenty somethings who formed an allegiance to West Tigers off the back of one GF and a couple of good years in the mid-2000`s.
  19. There`s an article in the Totalrl news Forum of the 10 biggest crowds in Challenge Cup history, many from the 60`s through to the 80`s. Capitalising on the popularity of the game during that era could have made a big difference. Let`s hope we don`t say the same thing about broadcast viewing numbers in forty years time.
  20. I`d day far more than niche these days mate, in fact one of the best drawing, widely followed teams in the NRL and really getting a roll-on now with developing the game in Victoria, record participation this year. And whereas once they used to get newspaper coverage like the double-header in Perth did this week, i.e. one column 7 pages in from the back of the paper, to getting quite decent coverage nowadays and as is often commented on in the Aussie forum by people who live there, heaps of Storm merch to be seen around Melbourne. I` don`t think you can underestimate the effect this has either. Relating this to the thread of Catalans` ability to grow League in France, I`d say the Storm are a great example of a team who are leveraging their success to spread the game in their home region through a lot of community initiatives and clear pathways, Le Dracs` ought to try it sometime.
  21. Wow, that`d make for an interesting competition.
  22. That`s what it will be Tommy, they`ll have consulted their broadcast partners, who`ll have told them what they`d prefer and what they`ll pay and then that`s what the NRL would have taken to the IRL meeting. Everyone has to keep their heads about this, first and foremost it is a business decision, and when it has shown that it can draw an audience, both at the ground and on the box, we might see it expanded.
  23. @audois was this the point you were making with this post ?
  24. Can`t tell you how much that warms the cockles of my heart. Great stuff. All I need now is for Head and Smith to get another 160 runs to make my evening complete.
  25. Yes having watched nearly all of the NRLW games so far this season I don`t think it would be a stretch to say that a lot of the amazing passing rushes and intricate link play that we are witnessing have Touch/Tag Rugby League roots all over them. Such a leg-up to the code that they can learn and master the passing, positional and support play aspects of the game before they move onto Tackle.
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