No Sydney teams in AFL or NRL grand finals


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    They may have lost but at least NSW State of Origin fans got to see the Blues play in Sydney this year.

    Because they won’t see a Sydney side in the NRL or AFL grand finals after North Queensland and Richmond continued their fairytale runs to scupper the respective title hopes of the Sydney Roosters and the GWS Giants.

    It’s only the second time NSW won’t be represented in either of the two biggest games of the year as Adelaide play the Tigers for 2017 AFL supremacy on Saturday before Melbourne and the Cowboys square off on Sunday for NRL premiership glory.

    The outlook is particularly bleak for Blues fans with not a single NSW Origin star lining up in the NRL title decider following the Sydney Roosters’ 29-16 elimination in front of shellshocked home fans at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

    The Maroons, on the other hand, will have 10 players featuring in the grand final – led by the Storm’s superstar trio Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Queensland captain Cameron Smith, along with Melbourne teammates Will Chambers, Cameron Munster and Tim Glasby.

    The Cowboys will have four of the triumphant Maroons lining up – Justin O’Neill, man of the moment Michael Morgan, skipper Gavin Cooper and Cohen Hess.

    It’s the first grand final since the NRL’s inception in 1998 not to have any past or present NSW Origin players in action.

    The wipeout completes a season of lost opportunities for NSW teams, with Cronulla’s premiership defence coming to an abrupt halt in week one of the finals before Parramatta, then the Roosters, fell victim to the Cowboys.

    Manly also crashed out in week one of the play-offs before their conquerors Penrith were sent packing by Brisbane.

    The Giants’ exit after a 36-point loss to Richmond came a week after the Sydney Swans’ hopes back-to-back AFL grand final appearances were crushed by Geelong.

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    • September 24th 2017 @ 7:42am
      MountFolk said | September 24th 2017 @ 7:42am | ! Report

      To be fair there would be more richmond fans in Sydney than GWS fans anyway.

    • September 24th 2017 @ 10:09am
      AGordon said | September 24th 2017 @ 10:09am | ! Report

      As a NSWelshman, who cares. Can’t speak for the Aussie Rules but the best sides going around in the NRL finals made it through to the big show and will hopefully turn on a great game.

    • September 24th 2017 @ 11:41am
      Kurt said | September 24th 2017 @ 11:41am | ! Report

      Cricket and football seasons come early in sydney.

    • September 24th 2017 @ 12:07pm
      republican said | September 24th 2017 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

      ……….what does this headline actually infer?
      The Storm are Melbourne by name only.
      Where do the personnel actually hail from in resect of both GF League entities i.e. the Storm and the Cowboys?
      I suggest both rely on players from Sydney quite heavily, while the ‘Melbourne’ Storm are made up almost entirely from imports.
      In respect of the Australian code, there are far more NSWelshman represented in the code at the highest tier than there are Vics represented in the NRL and thats because Australian Rules Football has long had a strong profile throughout the state but especially the south western regions, than has League in Victoria.
      The Storm have had minimal impact in growing their brand from a GR perspective and despite their television illusion that they are Melbourne entity, they are in truth, far more ‘Sydney’ than this misleading headline suggests……….

      • September 24th 2017 @ 5:17pm
        RandyM said | September 24th 2017 @ 5:17pm | ! Report

        i would say both the Storm and Cowboys have more Queenslanders and New Zealanders than NSWelshmen

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          September 25th 2017 @ 12:33pm
          BigJ said | September 25th 2017 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

          quite correct

      • September 24th 2017 @ 6:10pm
        Matth said | September 24th 2017 @ 6:10pm | ! Report

        Cowboys and Melbourne rely on Sydney players quite heavily. That’s hilarious. Do the math sunshine.

        • September 24th 2017 @ 9:15pm
          Kurt said | September 24th 2017 @ 9:15pm | ! Report

          His right melboune has remained great if only because of one nswman, craig bellamy

      • September 25th 2017 @ 9:47am
        Dave_S said | September 25th 2017 @ 9:47am | ! Report

        On behalf of the rest of Australia I would like to apologise for hurting NSW’s feelings. You guys are very, very important to us.

    • September 24th 2017 @ 5:31pm
      John W said | September 24th 2017 @ 5:31pm | ! Report

      However it was Sydney FC who took out the A League grand final. Why would a New South Wehlsman/Sydney sider care about the AFL. Rugby and Soccer all the way. Good luck to North Queensland against Melbourne :-).

    • September 24th 2017 @ 9:50pm
      Your kidding said | September 24th 2017 @ 9:50pm | ! Report

      The NRL has almost an all Qld grand final. Geez, I thought everyone new that. The Storm are full of Queenslanders. There is a Melbourne connection in the name only.
      This maybe the worst Grand Final outcome for the NRL.
      But I’m happy to see the Cowboys up there.

      • September 25th 2017 @ 10:30am
        Dave_S said | September 25th 2017 @ 10:30am | ! Report

        Sydney teams don’t pull crowds anyway. Who’ll notice they’re not there?

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