Toovey bemused by NRL scheduling

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    A bemused Manly coach Geoff Toovey wants the ARL Commission to make fairer scheduling its first priority, arguing NRL heavyweights Brisbane have an unfair advantage.

    Toovey made the comments after witnessing his side go down 26-14 to Gold Coast on Saturday night at Brookvale – the same ground where they’d thrashed Penrith just five days earlier.

    The Sea Eagles’ scattered schedule has left the rookie coach disappointed, especially compared to Brisbane, who will enjoy Friday night games for the first eight rounds this year.

    “It would be great to be a Brisbane and have seven days, seven days, seven days (to prepare each week),” Toovey said.

    “That would be fantastic. I think it’s something the new commission or David Gallop needs to look at.

    “Quite frankly, the rest of the clubs are at a disadvantage.”

    While stopping short of blaming the short turnaround for the loss, Toovey said it was an obvious disadvantage for the Sea Eagles.

    “It’s not an excuse for our performance tonight, don’t get me wrong, but it would be much easier for other teams if they had that sort of turnaround.

    “Let’s be honest, (the short turnaround) does (hurt). Our blokes were really flat.

    “The league’s got to do something about it.”

    The rookie coach was also upset that no action was taken by the officials when centre Steve Matai went off injured following a high shot from Titan Nate Myles.

    Matai immediately left the field with a neck/shoulder injury and was taken from the ground in an ambulance.

    “It’s alright apparently if you get hit in the back of the head but, if you get hit in the front, it’s not alright,” he said.

    “I’d like someone to explain to me that decision.

    “(Matai) is not well.”

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    • April 15th 2012 @ 6:52am
      eagleJack said | April 15th 2012 @ 6:52am | ! Report

      Not only do they enjoy a 7 day turnaround every week but 5 times this year they have played teams who have backed up from Sunday. Yes they are professional athletes but a constant routine and an extra 2 days rest is a handy advantage.

      From what I understand many Broncos fans would prefer Sunday games due to the family nature of a sunny afternoon at the footy. Or even throw in some Saturday night games so out of towners can make it when getting to the game after work on a Friday is difficult.

      Unfortunately the situation is unlikely to change when the media control the schedule. Broncos get big ratings in QLD on a Friday night and $$ signs are the number one focus. Fair enough but I just hope Channel 9 lose the rights. Showing 1 live game out of 3 in this day and age is criminal.

      • April 15th 2012 @ 12:32pm
        Kim Hart said | April 15th 2012 @ 12:32pm | ! Report

        Exactly right mate the prime time TV slot is friday night and as a Broncos game has a monopoly in Brisbane they will continue with this scheduling. Tissues for Mr Toovey please.

        • April 15th 2012 @ 6:34pm
          Boomshanka said | April 15th 2012 @ 6:34pm | ! Report

          Interesting times ahead with the new quality provisions of the anti siphoning list, which may see an end to the Broncos Friday night monopoly.

          Basically the decision as to what gets shown on FTA will be a matter for the Minister of Communications, not necessarily the winning FTA bidder (although with the current Minister in the pockets of FTA networks – who knows)?

    • April 15th 2012 @ 8:28am
      oikee said | April 15th 2012 @ 8:28am | ! Report

      Thats ok Tooves, you we wont have to listen to your complaints much longer, your not really a coach, your more like a angry little man who likes to be heard. It wont be long before your in the same boat as Henjack mate, the NRL should do a show, Where are they now. You will be joining him soon, Manly will be falling around you soon enough, No Dessy no Manly, and on a perfect night only 11,500 got behind your outfit, if you can call them that, more like retirement home.
      When you get 30 thousand to out of town teams you can be taken seriously, and that my friend will never never happen at Manly, you want to argue with me, be my guest.
      Dont make comment about the Broncos Tooves, you barking up the wrong tree.

      • April 15th 2012 @ 1:18pm
        Mals said | April 15th 2012 @ 1:18pm | ! Report

        Haha Oikee so predictable. Toovey asks a perfectly reasonable question about the Broncos game schedules & he is somehow angry?? How he dare he question the advantages that the Friday Night Broncos get with a consistent 7 day turn around between games.

        Broncos get big crowds because you have a monopoly over Brisbane, a big city with 2 million people. Bring in some extra Brisbane teams & we’ll see how that effects the miniature ponies.

        Manly has won two grand finals since your last premiership Oikee so I’d argue they are travelling along nicely 🙂

        • April 15th 2012 @ 9:38pm
          Gaz said | April 15th 2012 @ 9:38pm | ! Report

          Titans belt Manly and he blames the Broncos….now I’ve heard everything. Does he relies how ridiculous that sounds.

        • April 15th 2012 @ 10:54pm
          Queensland's Game is Rugby League said | April 15th 2012 @ 10:54pm | ! Report

          “Manly has won two grand finals since your last premiership Oikee so I’d argue they are travelling along nicely”

          1. Brett Stewart (Illawarra)
          6. Kieran Foran (New Zealander)
          7. Daly Cherry-Evans (Mackay)
          9. Matt Ballin (Narango, QLD)

          That’s the spine of the Sea Eagles. Not one local junior amongst them. Take them out of the team and they wouldn’t be too successful.

          “Broncos get big crowds because you have a monopoly over Brisbane, a big city with 2 million people. Bring in some extra Brisbane teams & we’ll see how that effects the miniature ponies.”

          You can blame Sydney for that. They’re the ones who reckon Brisbane isn’t big enough for two teams.

          • April 16th 2012 @ 10:35am
            Mals said | April 16th 2012 @ 10:35am | ! Report

            Who cares where they originally hail from? Ballin aside, Manly has nursed these players along since they were teenagers. Broncos could have had DCE but you didn’t want him. Tough luck! Manly is winning premierships that is what counts.

            • April 16th 2012 @ 10:40pm
              Queensland's Game is Rugby League said | April 16th 2012 @ 10:40pm | ! Report

              The players care. So do their families. They would prefer to stay close to their friends and family when they’re young. It’s hard for them to do that when there’s only 3 NRL clubs in Queensland.

              • April 16th 2012 @ 11:42pm
                PLANKO said | April 16th 2012 @ 11:42pm | ! Report

                Balin run’s a business on the Northern Beaches and loves it there. Manly allowed the Stewart brothers to stay together your argument is flawed. Foran look who he is playing with that is right his brother Liam. QLD the Smart State LOL remember that one. They got rid of that quick for a reason.

              • April 18th 2012 @ 11:50pm
                Queensland's Game is Rugby League said | April 18th 2012 @ 11:50pm | ! Report

                Your examples don’t disprove what I said. Re-read it. I said the players would prefer to be close to home when they’re young. Key word being “young”.

                You’re referring to players who’ve had enough time to adjust to their new location. All you’ve done is prove that players can adjust to life away from home if they’re given enough time. It doesn’t mean they wouldn’t have preferred to play closer to home when they entered first-grade. Neither does it prove that their parents, siblings and friends are happy about them living interstate.

                If you really believe what you’re saying then you’ll be an advocate for a draft system to enter the NRL. You won’t care if born-and-bred Parramatta juniors are forced to go play for the WA Reds u-20’s when they’re brought into the competition.

                “Manly allowed the Stewart brothers to stay together your argument is flawed.”

                Since when is Illawarra based in Queensland? Re-read my comment. I was speaking about Queenslanders.

      • April 16th 2012 @ 2:46am
        AndyMack said | April 16th 2012 @ 2:46am | ! Report

        Oikee, I dont like Manly anymore than you do, but think Toovey might have a point. Its hardly fair scheduling. Having a crack at Toovey and Manly is not really answering the issue, just having a cheap shot.

      • April 16th 2012 @ 11:44pm
        PLANKO said | April 16th 2012 @ 11:44pm | ! Report

        Oikee Toovey has more in his left testicle than you. Do your research … He could get a real job.

    • April 15th 2012 @ 8:36am
      Roarsome said | April 15th 2012 @ 8:36am | ! Report

      How ironic that Manly complain after all the Sunday afternoon games they have. Given that Manly didn’t even have lights at their ground until a few seasons ago limiting their time slot to Sunday, they are not in a position to comment on scheduling. Manly also left NSW only once after May last year meaning that every other game was a day trip and players weren’t travel fatigued. Non-Sydney teams should catch a break with scheduling.

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      • April 15th 2012 @ 9:35am
        eagleJack said | April 15th 2012 @ 9:35am | ! Report

        “meaning that every other game was a day trip and players weren’t travel fatigued”.

        With all due respect Roarsome I regularly fly to Brisbane from Sydney and back to Sydney later that night. Never has it taken me more than a day to get there! 90mins in the air is hardly tiring. The Warriors are the only side who can air this type of grievance. And possibly a Perth side if they come in.

        “all the Sunday afternoon games they have”. Manly’s schedule so far this year: Sunday (in NZ), Friday, Monday, Saturday, Saturday, Monday, Saturday.

        Toovey was simply answering a question on whether their 5 day turnaround (their 3rd this year) had affected his side. He answered honestly that it was tough but didn’t blame it on his side not turning up. I think his inference that the Broncos have an advantage was fair. Everybody understands why the Broncos get this advantage but it is an advantage nevertheless

      • April 15th 2012 @ 5:10pm
        lea mansea said | April 15th 2012 @ 5:10pm | ! Report

        They may not have had lights or much money, but they still murdered every other team in the game, including the cheating storms in a record breaking win.. and last year has nothing to do with now, im sure someone else was winging about it to, but didnt have the guts to say it so anyone, because they knew manly was goung to win no matter what.

    • April 15th 2012 @ 10:15am
      Roarsome said | April 15th 2012 @ 10:15am | ! Report

      The bottom line is that the NRL are weak. They should be confident enough in their product to put out a draw prior to the season with all match day grounds and times. If 9 don’t like it, fine, sell the rights to someone else. They might even pick up some better commentators in the deal an have games live into southern states.

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    • April 15th 2012 @ 10:23am
      Maximus said | April 15th 2012 @ 10:23am | ! Report

      Manly have to go to England and back and then 8 days later have to go to Auckland for a game and then have to play games on short turnaround. The NRL are loading up the premier like the NFL load up their Super Bowl winner to bring them back to the field. Of Course Gold Coast are the beneficiary…

    • April 15th 2012 @ 11:08am
      gurudoright said | April 15th 2012 @ 11:08am | ! Report

      Manly has had two 9 day turn arounds yet no praise there for the NRL from Manly supporters. Strange

      • April 15th 2012 @ 11:19am
        eagleJack said | April 15th 2012 @ 11:19am | ! Report

      • April 16th 2012 @ 11:22am
        Jaceman said | April 16th 2012 @ 11:22am | ! Report

        Manly got 2 9 day turnarounds because they had 2 5 day ones – ding!!!!!

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