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Izmir Zaferi

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  1. Honestly, that idea would be amazing. I imagine a tiered Youth World Cup. Open it up. Tier 1 - "Seeded" Main ten nations. Tier 2 - Unseeded. As it is Youth, it could easily be played on a nearby normal field to main games and played in blocks of 3 - 4 games over a day. I know we in Turkey would be keen.
  2. For sure. The TRL of course runs the national sides and has now fielded Men's, Women's and Under 20's Youth sides. This year Turkey hosted the Group Do European championships, largely funded out of the pockets of the President himself. Turkish Rugby League now has about ten Men's clubs in regular national competition with other small clubs or teams that only attend special events. (For instance, Izmir RL has one national side but we have five local small teams playing on smaller fields - you can check this out on izmirrugby.com) The TRL also runs a women's competition which before Covid had four teams. Additionally, we have had four male Youth teams (I am not sure about this year). The TRL has now also started a RL Academy program in Istanbul with a view to expanding into other cities. Additionally, the Istanbul Beach Rugby League event is probably among the best events in all of European Rugby League. All this has been done with virtually no government support (only Union is recognised by the federal government) and very little corporate support, just the support of those running the game (especially the TRL President). The TRL is one, seeking to continue these programs is a difficult economic environment but also expand these with new teams interested in entering the TRL. Funding would help cover administrative costs, travel costs for the national team, opportunities for expansion in youth engagement. The TRL is also seeking to become a formal Federation with the national government.
  3. Hi all, Turkish Rugby League is one of the highlights of Rugby League expansion, since early 2017 running full men's, Women's and Youth as well as running Beach Rugby League as well. Each year the sport grows here. One of the greater challenges being finance to take it the next level. Your generosity and support can make a real difference, even 10 or 20 pounds can go a fair way here. Would you consider supporting the TRL? Would you also consider sharing this fundraiser? https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/trla-fundraising (this is only for the central TRL not us, Izmir Zaferi)
  4. The distance argument is a joke for something that is supposed to be semi-pro. In Turkey new teams on the South Coast will have to travel 12 plus hours to most teams in Istanbul. The closest other team being ourselves at 6 hours. If a League One team is not willing to have a big trip once a year then they should drop to regional Amateur leagues.
  5. I think there should be NRL 2 however it should be effectively the rebranded NSW Cups and Qld Cups into conferences. However, I would go a step further and suggest an 8 Team Pacific Conference with 5 City / Regional Teams in NZ (Canterbury, Wellington, Hamilton, Auckland 1 and Auckland 2) with Fiji, Samoa and Tonga teams added. Fiji is already in NSW, Samoa and Tongan teams would effectively be Auckland based. It should not be promotion / relegation however I would expect new teams to ce through the NRL 2. If both NSW and QLD Conferences stand at 12 each. The NRL 2 could have 30 teams feeding what will soon be an 18 team NRL.
  6. Can you give any justification for such? He launched Toronto and was functionally pushed out by Argyle. The relaunched club recently got nearly 2000 to a game v Washington. He then used his own money to buy Hemels licence. Unfortunately, the RFL clubs and Covid have ended any chance of cross Atlantic competition. Which part of this journey is a significant problem?
  7. How successful is your Rugby League start up? Starting a club is always difficult and usually it is the critics who do little but post that think they have some.inaide running. Traditional Rugby League fans are the worst thing about Rugby League.
  8. Sorry but this stadium should be a no go for a Super League side. İt May be ok for lower levels but it is a dump with very little capacity. This reinforces Super League as a dinky competition not a serious professional top tier one. This stadium should not even come into the equation unless they volunteer to move down to championship or lower.
  9. Strong start by Turkey so far https://www.facebook.com/EuroRugbyLeague/videos/589934622047905/
  10. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3956575357776521&id=171690882992178&m_entstream_source=timeline
  11. The stadium / field is Mumcular Huseyin Atar Field. There is a good crowd building for the Turkey v Netherlands game.
  12. The incompetence of the heartland and expansion clubs maintaining themselves despite opposition external and internal to RL has very little to do with one another outside of a parochial view that sees the survival of one's own club as the only thing that matters. As I run and coach an amateur club and small League I fully understand the importance of the local game. I also understand the importance of profession leagues that actually inspire us and kids to play rather than watch them get inspired by our competitors. So, yes, that every expansion club in Super League continued and actually continues to climb back up off the canvas is in fact exceptional.
  13. What suggests that being closer to a traditional club makes the people more receptive to Rugby League? I think their lack of interest is evidence that even with close clubs they likely find Rugby League uninteresting or Rugby League culture backward. Toronto showed us that given investment and profile there are far more fish away from our traditional fishing ponds then in them. The people often have less historic bias and are up for a unique and exciting sport. Maybe the best fishing holes are in Rabat, and Istanbul or Belgrade and Moscow? (PS. Local Traditional clubs should be given incentives to start new clubs nearby as feeders - St Helens into Liverpool etc)
  14. The presence of two top Teams in the Super League will also likely help in shifting perceptions about other cities as viable. There is evidently alot of money to be found in France as is seen at times in Union. Alot of this money is not from rusted on "union" guys but businessmen who want the prestige of being an owner or key figure. In my opinion, the best thing Super League and the RFL could do is change the way teams in France / Europe are in. If English Rugby League fans / clubs want a viable income source in France etc. France needs more teams not less to produce such. I would give them four spots with criteria and give them an annual participation fee or financial agreement that goes into the Super League. French TV contracts in regard to Super League in Europe then actually become the domain of the French teams and FRL.
  15. Since when were they in Super League? (I said top tier) I did mention Toronto which recently played in a practice game in front of nearly 2000 fans. There are a number of Super League sides that would struggle to get that in a practice game full of amateurs. If a team playing in lower League's despite being shafted is not success than 100 plus years after the split it seems evident that most Rugby League clubs are a failure but... All Super League expansion sides continue, except one, even if not in Super League. A number are also climbing back toward the top That is pretty massive. PS. Evidently I am stirring the pot but the claim expansion has failed is simply not true. The game is broader and deeper because of it even if not in the top tier.
  16. I am always so satisfied at the amazing success of expansion. Despite, serious lack of support from the establishment and despite often moving out of the top teir of the RFL competitions most recent top teir expansion teams have led to long term RL club presence in their regions. - Gateshead now Newcastle Thunder - after being 'sold off' reformed and now step up to Full time status again. - London Broncos - despite a seriously difficult journey they continue, moving into a great small stadium, hands down better than many others after a period in a below par field. Their consistency has helped to the establishment of other clubs and junior initiatives. - Celtic Crusaders - reforming and continuing in North Wales they have just had their best season in a long time. - Dragons Catalan - despite significant challenges they are building a long term legacy and opening the door afresh to new professional sides in France. Their success is convincing others of the viability of professional RL in France. - Toronto Wolfpack - despite being hit by the worst economic disaster in close to a century they regrouped to play in the NARL after removal from Super League recently playing in front of nearly 2000 fans with a likely fan base still larger than a number of Super League sides let alone Championship The only team entirely non-existent in recent years through Super League expansion being Paris. Out of six or seven attempts all of the clubs continue on some level. How good is that! The defiant intent of Rugby League fans in these expansion areas to maintain their teams and the code is admirable. It always reminds me of the way Rugby League was established, defying the establishment, continuing despite all the challenges. Long live Rugby league... and expansion GO LES CATALAN!!! Ps. Expansion and Tradition can both exist at the same time. It just all needs its only space and place.
  17. Hey, just a quick update. We have signed our first outside sponsorship, with a guy and his company, originally from Bradford but now in Turkey. Hopefully, you can soon improve your beard AND support Rugby League expansion.
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