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In the end, rugby league keeps us together

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By Curtis Woodward, Curtis Woodward is a Roar Guru & Live Blogger


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    It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, we all start in the same place and we will all finish at the same place. It might be a dark and sad finish, but its what we do with the big bright part in between that counts.

    We all may come from different walks of life, but its rugby league that keeps us together.

    It may go quickly and sometimes you probably ask yourself where all the time went. But somehow through all the bad, good and lost memories we remember those first exciting moments we shared with the greatest game of all.

    We remember them like they were yesterday, but still ask ourselves how everything has changed so much.

    Living in Hurstville in the late 1980’s, it made sense to head to Kogarah Oval and watch the mighty St George Dragons go round. The very first time I heard ‘Simply The Best’ by Tina Turner as I headed into the ground, I was hooked.

    Apparently a very young Gorden Tallis played Presidents Cup that day but the only other thing I remember was a Jeff Hardy dropout which barely went ten metres!

    Respected rugby league journalist Tony Adams first memories of the game come from almost 45 years ago.

    “Souths versus Balmain, 1969 grand final. Watching it at my cousin’s house at age 10. I liked the game but my brother, who knows nothing about football, said I should support Easts because we live in the east. So I did for 20 years. I was there for 1974-5 grand final wins. Great times as a kid, they were a great team”.

    The Triple M Grill Team’s Gus Worland remembers the Roosters’ 1975 victory too.

    “Roosters ‘75 win. My mum took Jacko and I to the SCG and we were in the Members. What a match. Had chicken sandwiches, a choccy Moove and hot chips!”.

    “Had the game won pretty early in the second half. Mum got a parking ticket as she illegally parked as we were late getting to the game. My uncle Nigel had saved seats for us. We had red, white and blue streamers all over the car!”.

    2GB presenter Mark Levy remembers a tough time for the Rabbitohs.

    “I remember marching from Redfern oval to Town Hall with my dad trying to get Souths back into the comp”.

    Tom Waterhouse from recalls the magic of North Sydney Oval.

    “I remember going to North Sydney Oval to watch the Bears play and from that minute I was hooked on loving rugby league. My favourite moment was watching Mark Coyne score that try for the maroons in ‘94. I have always loved Alfie Langer and King Wally”.

    The game has given us so much and never demands anything back. It gives players a lifestyle and income many would kill for. It gives men and women the chance to work inside one of the great Australian institutions.

    It gives the common man something to support. Something to look forward to every weekend in those cold winter months. This is a game that gives the punter a chance every weekend. Rugby league is a game that will give forever.

    Nobody should ever take this game for granted. Buying your team jersey once every few years isn’t enough anymore. Going to one or two games a season isn’t enough anymore. We as fans need to make a concerted effort to truly show our love for the game in 2012.

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    • February 6th 2012 @ 10:22am
      The Grafter said | February 6th 2012 @ 10:22am | ! Report

      We all may come from different walks of life, but its rugby league that keeps us together.

      So if your into other sport Curtis, are you ‘kept together’?

      Maybe replacing the words rugby league with sport and helps rather than keeps could of made it more readable. Theres a big world outside Sydny mate.

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        February 6th 2012 @ 11:08am
        Curtis Woodward said | February 6th 2012 @ 11:08am | ! Report

        Fair call. But this is a rugby league article in the rugby league section for rugby league people.

    • February 6th 2012 @ 1:22pm
      Crosscoder said | February 6th 2012 @ 1:22pm | ! Report

      Thought the article was addressing rugby league fans,therefore is pertinent ,reasonable and on the button.
      I have no problem with your assessment CurtisW1908.

    • February 6th 2012 @ 8:58pm
      Sean Fagan said | February 6th 2012 @ 8:58pm | ! Report

      Way to go lads. Someone has a shot at writing about their sport for fans of that sport. Keep at it CurtisW1908.

    • February 7th 2012 @ 12:27am
      Queensland's game is rugby league said | February 7th 2012 @ 12:27am | ! Report

      I support the Cowboys but live in Logan, so it’s impossible for me to get a season pass. I cannot even afford to fly to Townsville to see one match. The best I can do is attend the Cowboys’ away matches against the Broncos and Titans, then see if I can attend an away game in Sydney — it’s cheaper and easier to fly to Sydney than it is to go to Townsville.

      Putting another 1 or 2 teams in the south-east Queensland area will allow Cowboys fans like me to attend at least 4 games each year and given us a second team to support. If a team was put in the Ipswish/Logan/Redland area then I’d buy a season pass. Would still be going to see the Cowboys play the Broncos and Titans, and cheer the Cowboys when they play the Logan team, but I’d still be there to cheer the Logan boys on when they play every one else.

      Sydney fans have the luxury of living within driving distance of 9/10 teams. Give south-east Queenslanders the chance to live within driving distance of 3 or 4 teams. Until such a day arrives then my only option is to get a season pass for a QLD Cup team.

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        February 7th 2012 @ 9:34am
        Curtis Woodward said | February 7th 2012 @ 9:34am | ! Report

        And still Sydneysiders prefer to sit at home and watch it on television. South East Queensland (and Perth) should be admitted pronto

        • February 7th 2012 @ 9:48am
          Johnno said | February 7th 2012 @ 9:48am | ! Report

          curtis you say in the end rugby league keeps us together, what if you are not are rugby league fan, it doesn’t keep non rugby league fans together.

          • February 16th 2012 @ 3:32pm
            Pete75 said | February 16th 2012 @ 3:32pm | ! Report


            Then you have your own forum dedicated to your own sport and you can have your own discussion about how that sport keeps you together with your own fellow fans….

    • February 7th 2012 @ 2:54pm
      NF said | February 7th 2012 @ 2:54pm | ! Report

      ‘curtis you say in the end rugby league keeps us together, what if you are not are rugby league fan, it doesn’t keep non rugby league fans together.’ typical johnno statement it’s like if someone would to said rugby union keeps up all together but to us non-rugby union supporters is doesn’t I get you jist johnno.

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      February 8th 2012 @ 9:25am
      Dan Wighton said | February 8th 2012 @ 9:25am | ! Report

      Great article Curtis,

      My first game was the 1992 GF, and my dad said I could go for whoever I wanted, but if I went for the Broncos I would have to find somewhere else to sleep.

      I was 8.

      So I have been a Dragons fan since.

      And to all the people posting “hey man, rugby league doesnt keep ME together” then good for you. Copy and paste the name of your sport into the relevant areas.

      When he says “all”, I am sure the author is referring to rugby league fans, not every human on the earth.

      Keep it up, Curtis.

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