Agree - luck of the draw to get them at SOO time.Point taken.
I think the Warriors lost Brent Tate and Steve Price....and possibly Jake Lillyman to QLD once or twice but you sure do enjoy having them for the rest of the season.
39-nil Bulldogs over Storm. If only the Saints or Warriors had of drawn that game.
I'm up to $4M WLF dollars. Thinking of putting it all on the Sea Eagles tomorrow.
No - can't be the end - it would take away from the GF. Also - would mean some players - who replace injured players in SOO might not be playing each weekend.How about: One less week of trials (start the NRL season one week sooner) + No Byes in the NRL = frees up three weeks for SoO at the end of the NRL season without clashing with end of year International League.
This way SoO and NRL selections don't interfere with each other.
The problem remains that the broadcasters, especially TV, do like the ratings of having the SoO in the middle of the NRL comp.
One way to achieve this is introduce 2 new teams- say WA and Brisbane 2 - and then play each other once each - ie 17 games instead of 24. Have set weekends for SOO (3). This would shorten the season a tad (4 weeks) - which would please the players - allow for the SOO to be held properly - please players - and have no byes.The comp will never be fair until everyone plays each other twice.
The Balmain and Wests merger is dysfunctional. They'd love to divorce. There's one extra team right there.... With 18 teams though we could introduce a top 10, look at 2 conferences, and/or bring in 2 more - 20 teams.
Bugger Ipswish and Perth. NZ is screaming out for a second team. NRL and tests draw consistant 20,000 crowds in Christchurch. Dunedin drew 16,000 for a pre season trial and Dunedin is a city with little league history for 80 years. Wellington drew 31,000 for the Bulldogs v Warriors game. Wellington and Christchurch both have long and proud history's of producing test players.The Balmain and Wests merger is dysfunctional. They'd love to divorce. There's one extra team right there.
New Perth and Ipswich NRL franchisees could also be the go.
PNG would stake a claim but it's not a good idea if the team bus needs an armed guard.
Yes, but as S J has pointed out there is more than enough room for other matches played at the same time. PNG v Someone, North Island v South Island and so on.Just to be clear, are you agreeing with Craig Bellamy in his assertion that it is desirable to have dedicated weekends for SoO?
And, ... Smith is just a whinger. I don't remember him arguing this when Saints had 7 or 8 in. Only now when it hurts his team.Yes, but as S J has pointed out there is more than enough room for other matches played at the same time. PNG v Someone, North Island v South Island and so on.
Then we have a fundamentally different view.Yes, but as S J has pointed out there is more than enough room for other matches played at the same time. PNG v Someone, North Island v South Island and so on.