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The Rocket

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  1. Good point, but a tricky one because I suppose one of the main points about the WCC was its accessibility to the fans of at least one of the clubs involved. not a lot will be able to afford to travel to Vegas. That opportunity for regular fans to see their champion team play in such a match was I thought one of its` main attractions due to the passions aroused. Speaking of dodos though, our pre-season Indigenous All-Stars match is facing a similar predicament, in its` case, being completely overshadowed by the Vegas hype. Which would be a damn shame to lose that because it offers something unique in Australasian sport.
  2. Figures show NRL’s Las Vegas gamble may just come up trumps (msn.com) State of Origin-style television ratings at home, more than 100 separate pieces of media coverage in the United States and more than 10,000 Las Vegas-branded merchandise items sold in a week. The numbers are in after the NRL’s historic foray into Sin City, and they suggest the bold gamble may have paid off. The governing body has compiled all the metrics from the historic double-header, which marked the first time that a competition game has been staged outside Australia and New Zealand. The social media figures are of particular interest. Traffic to the official website also spiked: there were 1,045,270 unique users on NRL.com and the NRL App (up 43 per cent) in the 24-hour period covering March 2 (US)-March 3 (Australia). Of those, 40,870 unique users were from the US, a 185 per cent increase on the opening round of last year.
  3. In partnership with the RFL. Try Tag Rugby expands to Newcastle and York (rugby-league.com) RFL partner, Try Tag Rugby, have announced the expansion of its leagues to two exciting new regions in 2024: Newcastle and York. Tag Rugby League is a fun and exciting minimal contact social sport suitable for all adults, no previous experience is necessary and it’s a sport that can be enjoyed by beginners and seasoned players alike. Anyone interested can Give Tag Rugby a Try before committing to a league by attending a free taster. Good stuff.
  4. That`s a bit harsh, I think he`ll come good if he can get the confidence to take control of the team and confidence is a wonderful thing, we might then see what he is capable of. That`s not going to be easy though when your surrounded by 30 + year old stars who are set in their ways and at the back end of their career and might not be buying into the game plan as much as they should be, content to do it their own way. There was rumours circulating that he was continually being over called by those same more well established players. That is not going to help a young bloke trying to take control of a team.
  5. Panthers are next level though aren`t they, the ball continually sweeping from one side of the field to other probing for weaknesses in defence, and not with a particularly large backline either, if their style of play (even with my misgivings about their lift and drag back defence) is the future of Rugby League, well bring it on. HST, Walters stuffed up with his interchange, had Tristan Sailor been on the bench rather than being 18th man we might have seen a different outcome or at least a more competitive Brisbane team, and Brisbane not being like Souths the week before with a second-rower in the backline getting torn to shreds.
  6. Yeah, Parramatta had a great day at Parra CBD and a march where people from all cultures were encouraged to join in, it looked brilliant and lots of smiling participants. Massive Indian population around Parra and I saw Indian dancers and the like, Parramatta really needs to get these groups following their team and having the Eels banner central to a great gathering like this is not a bad place to start.
  7. I`m always more concerned with these things when things go bad and people have to be paid out.
  8. That`s a little cynical and not true from what I`ve seen.
  9. Just a little background on Latrell. Latrell grew up in Taree where I did and have moved back to after living away for twenty years, the levels of racism here sometimes blows me away with people openly making racist remarks, it makes my blood boil but is commonplace and I`ve come to the conclusion that even a lot of people who don`t say it are probably thinking it, this is the environment where Latrell grew up and I think explains a lot of his proud black man behaviour, he wants to show young Aboriginal kids be proud and don`t let the bastards get you down. I saw him last summer down by the river at Taree, I gave him a hello from afar and he responded with a lovely wave and thumbs up. Latrell is never going to be a Tedesco, Trbojevic, Edwards et.al. and why should he just because that is the current trend for fullbacks, but if the Souths can get the rest of their backline firing there is absolutely no reason why they cannot be a deadly premiership force with him playing just the way he does.
  10. There`s your answer. Call for help: Junior AFL clubs struggling for numbers – The Western Weekender The Western Weekender I Penrith News Clubs folding or being forced to merge.
  11. Widely reported that there was only about 4000 there, even f-ball followers on-line calling out the f-ball HQ for inflated numbers. The common theory was that f-ball were desperate to be able to boast a record opening weekend to counter the headline grabbing results of the NRL`s Vegas venture and corresponding opening round.
  12. The problem the Sharks are going to face is that they are hemmed in by St. George both north and south with little room for population growth and those that increasingly live there coming from backgrounds that either don`t follow League or sport in general, soccer if they do. You read about it all the time on the Aussie forum, children of Sharks fans and fans themselves who can no longer afford to live in the area. Sharks were broke before and may struggle again in the future as the NRL moves to one city or region teams, especially when you think of where all the likely next 3 or 5 teams will come from. Sharks unless they can get their non-NRL revenue`s right (and Roosters and Rabbitoh`s they ain`t, prob not even Bulldogs) will find it hard to compete with those big clubs with much bigger population bases and corporate access available. Is their main sponsor still that gutter installation mob. The stadium is very unlikely, 17 000 is what they are aiming for I believe, not enough, and there`s a snow-ball`s chance of them raising the $300m to build what you talk about. The Sharks are a great club and I love their style of play, but moving forward unfortunately I expect it to be a long -time between premiership drinks as the game grows around them.
  13. He`s a freak and can win a game single-handedly but he still needs help and I just don`t think he`s ever going to be as energetic or involved as a Tedesco etc. Probably more like a Wally Lewis who can pick his moments. I`d say that Souths biggest problem is that Walker and Cook are both not the players they were a couple of years ago and Illias is a long-term project and still really just finding his way, this is putting a lot of the focus on Latrelle to create and finish their plays. Souths get Graham back, Wighton in and that young star outside back Tyrone Munro back from injury and that will take a lot of pressure of Latrelle to do everything, there is still a lot of upside for Souths this year but definitely some generational change needed soon, but I wouldn`t write them off but the premiership window with this mob is closing fast.
  14. Looks like another bid coming out of New Zealand`s South Island city of Christchurch. New Christchurch stadium a chance to add another New Zealand NRL side | RNZ News One of the country's most experienced sports administrators says a South Island-based National Rugby League (NRL) club could be in action as early as 2026. Talks are underway for the 'South Island Kea' to be included in an expanded premiership in the coming years. The team would be based in Christchurch, with the forthcoming multi-use Te Kaha Stadium set to be completed by April 2026. Former New Zealand Rugby and NRL boss David Moffett is helming the project and plans to meet with Australian rugby league executives over the next few weeks. It also comes on the heels of a separate bid led by former Canterbury Rugby League administrator. The rival ventures are now set to face off in a pursuit to bring a professional rugby league operation to the mainland. Moffett, who has also had stints in charge of Sport England and the Welsh Rugby Union, said his interest in a South Island-based NRL club dates back to 2012.
  15. Important to remember, as Vlandy`s was bragging the other day, that NRL far outstrips fumbleball on all forms of social media. (that`s where the young`uns are apparently) and as you yourself have noted before our highlights packages leave theirs in the shade and that`s before we even get to the flogging we give them on Tv broadcast viewing numbers. Data coming through is reporting the Storm/Panthers game outrated the fumbleball season opener, so much for "robbing our house" while we were in Vegas. Going forward we have Indigenous round, the Las Vegas week now, State of Origin and now our International calendar taking shape at the end of every year. Throw in the numerous realistic options for expansion that NRL has and I really don`t think we have to be too concerned about becoming a distant second to any other sport in this nation or region under our current administration. Grassroots growth breaking barriers | Storm (melbournestorm.com.au) Bit more than solid.
  16. Are you kidding me, what do you know about what circumstances those two blokes grew up in. patronising nonsense. And btw every knows. like it or not who the sad-sack Adam Goodes is, they`ve very mostly seen him and not cared like the majority of New South Welsh people.
  17. And that I believe is exactly why they have changed comps.
  18. Spencer Leniu suspended for 8 weeks. Great result for me, no excuses, we can`t have that stuff in the game, it`s an implicit green light in the playground if we don`t come down tough at the highest level.
  19. Magic Round at Suncorp in May this year has completely sold-out for Saturday and Friday is getting very close and I was reading the other day that the Origin match in Brisbane this year sold out within hours of going on sale. Back to the good old days of Origin someone remarked.
  20. Look I`m all for honesty and avoiding rubbery figures but I do think we are selling ourselves short here. That Broncos/ Roosters game could have easily drawn 35k as a standalone match back in Oz and even the other match may have pushed 30 000 at Accor.
  21. The chances of a super rugby match being shown in the coach`s box of an NRL game, about zero I`d say.
  22. I just don`t get this only counting this Las Vegas crowd once, two separate games, two sets of unique views. When people sit down to watch 3 games of League on a Saturday afternoon on Foxtel they aren`t counted as one viewer, but as three separate views, I can`t see why the double header isn`t viewed in the same manner when calculating crowd figures.
  23. Lots of gnashing of teeth, panicking and finger pointing amongst fumbleball fans over the NRL`s Vegas extravaganza and corresponding media saturation the last couple of weeks so I don`t think there was ever any doubt that every fumbleball cultist in the country was going to show up for this weekend`s meet. Written and spoken by Unapologetic Pedant on behalf of the Get Rid of the Bunker Party.
  24. Fumbleball has been left looking small time and sillier than ever after the NRL`s Las Vegas adventure and desperate to grab a few positive headlines in trying to look relevant in the northern states. The suns averaged about 13 000 last year, the Titans over 17000, I suspect there was a lot of free tickets and doing just about anything they could to get that crowd number up, to try and make themselves look important, because it was way out of the norm. a) anecdotal (and from a fumbleball propagandist) & b) fumbleball HQ participation figures are about as useful as #### on a bull.
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