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western sydney -kids play soccer as a sport. When it comes to interest in elite level sport -the A league is nothing. World Cups will get attention once every four years but NRL is king
But they have tried: Israel Folau only means something to rugby league people but thats not even the point.
It is the sporting public that will judge. Those that hate sport are not suddenly going to show interest in AFL and GWS. And of this sport loving population, the majority will be supporters or at least show some interest in RL- the sport is culturally ingrained. The migrant community interested in sport is therefore immediately tuned into league/have a bias towards league. The women and kids line -that could work but that is a small subsection of the community. And there are few if any residents from interstate so they don't have these 'free fans' like GC
Anyway its just an intriguing debate which is why I'm wasting my time here
Hey mate I'm just stating in black and white what most league fans are thinking. Yes Panther's memberships are a disappointment -I'd say that could be attributed to 5 years poor form, low/middle income demographic and the unusually large numbers of dragons, doggies,eels supporters that live in the area. We can improve because the interest is well and truly there.
Why would Penrith want to own their ground? Why would they want to be asset rich and cash poor like the sharks? Most clubs don't own their grounds and the current setup seems fine.
And I'm sure you were taking the mickey but Perth Panthers? There is an encyclopedia of reasons why this would never happen.
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