Bears creating a mess for Central Coast
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In the last few weeks Central Coast’s dream of entering the National Rugby League competition has been severely dashed, all thanks to the old and used North Sydney Bears brand.
Five major points are highlighted from the last month: Arguing (and losing) with Manly again, wanting to stop the free development of some North Sydney juniors, Central Coast Bears members complaining about memberships, NRL CEO’s support of Western Australia and a second Queensland team, and lastly not having the Coast’s full support.
The top two points are highlighted with the following sourced article points:
- Training row flares between Central Coast rugby league and Manly. Manly kindly training juniors at a Berkeley Vale gym to ensure there is less travel.
- Bear politics: The divisive approach by opponents of the Central Coast Bears attempting to drive a wedge in the community has been revealed, with a number of NRL clubs opposing the admission of any team on the Central Coast into the NRL in the future.
- “Bears and Sea Eagles again at loggerheads” – Manly are furious the Bears are attempting to prevent the Brookvale club from promoting the game in the Asquith and Berowra areas, a traditional North Sydney district.
- Bears banning Manly players from attending the carnival will only damage the kids and rugby league. “I’m sure the NSWRL will want an NRL team promoting the game. We are not looking for a fight with a non-existent NRL club.”
Another major point is the Central Coast Bears membership scheme, which promises so much but delivers so little – sometimes with no membership card or merchandise.
These furious fans are quoted:
- “Still waiting for mine” – coming from an actual Central Coast Bears volunteer!
- “I have my membership card but I don’t have the merchandise that was supposed to come with the package I got.”
- “My dad is number 1004, however they spelled his name wrong! They printed Carol instead of Carlo and made him a female! It’s getting sorted though.”
- “Still waiting on mine – I’m jealous…”
The excuses are still existent within the Bears “faithful”. If you can’t do it well, don’t do it at all – a common occurrence for the cursed Bears.
The major point is that the NRL clubs don’t want the Bears in their backyard.
“Sources have told the Herald that at the two-day annual conference of NRL club chief executives and chairmen in Byron Bay, which finished yesterday, there was a majority belief that expanding in other areas would better suit the competition.
“The addition of a club from Perth and another from Queensland – either central Queensland or west of Brisbane – emerged as the preferences in discussion.”
The final point is whether the Bears and Central Coast should unite. Central Coast residents have not been united and have even argued against each other. This has been very evident in the media and on Facebook, with the following said:
- “At the shops. In the surf off Avoca beach. Even the contractor painting his house yesterday wanted to know why the bloody hell a Central Coast footy team has to be called the Bears?”
- “So why the Bad News Bears? Why should Coasties align themselves with an image representing bankruptcy, mediocrity and – let’s be brutally honest here – the absolute tragedy that is celebrating your most recent premiership some 20 years before World War II?”
Let’s hope that the CEO’s resistance to include an entity with a history of failing in the NRL rubs off on the Independent Commission!