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AJ Mithen

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AJ watches far too much sport. When he's not watching it, he's reading about it. When he's not reading about it, he's writing about it and when he's not writing about it, he's talking about it on the podcast ‘A Sporting Discussion’. Rugby league has AJ's heart, but he loves to give space to the sports that the mainstream forgets - he’ll never rest until Australian baseball gets the coverage it deserves! He’s always game for a debate in the comments section or on twitter @AJMithen - but you’d best come prepared!

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Hehehe thank god I lost that argument with myself

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 6

I bloody knew this would happen

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 6

Fair call Markus

Start saying goodbye to watching NRL at suburban grounds

Apologies for the spacing- no idea what’s happened there!

Start saying goodbye to watching NRL at suburban grounds

Hi Spruce- City’s crowds are diabolical but they’re a manufactured team that have no roots in Melbourne.
The Rebels average a tick over 10k I think
The Storm average around 18-20k I think
Melbourne Victory are around the 20k mark too.
Sure they don’t fill AAMI Park, but on the other hand not one of those teams or their fans are calling for a return to the good old Olympic Park days.
Sydney’s PT is a known problem, yet the old Parra stadium used to bring in consistently big crowds. What’s changed?

Start saying goodbye to watching NRL at suburban grounds

Not sure why, but I keep getting a feeling the Panthers will belt up the Sharkies tonight… but it’s not strong enough to make me change my tip.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 6

Fair enough. If memory serves, I think they’re about to build new stadiums in Ipswich for league and Aussie rules. Maybe that can work.

Start saying goodbye to watching NRL at suburban grounds

So THAT’S why Beattie quit twitter…

'It's Mabo. It's the vibe': The NRL's Federal Court defence

I can agree with this Big Daddy, but I do love having a lot of rugby league on the tube…

Start saying goodbye to watching NRL at suburban grounds

Thanks Paul – this is a great post and now that I’ve knocked off I can reply.
First, it’s taken Wests Tigers a long time and a lot of back office blood and sweat to get to where they are. It can’t be overstated either how important more memberships are to a club’s bottom line. Saying that, the Tigers will probably end up playing out of one of the new stadiums with 1 or 2 games spread across Campbelltown and/or Leichardt.

From what I can tell about the NRL’s stadium policy they still want to play a couple of games at the suburban venues. At a guess I’d say these would likely be your Dragons playing low drawing visiting sides like the Warriors and Titans.

I agree with you about taking home games to other locations. It showcases the game and gets clubs some quick cash (though ticketed club members may see it differently). I think the NRL prefers to use Origin for big ticket ‘expansion’ exercises though. NRL games mostly seem to get taken to regional areas… and Adelaide.

Finally – like it or not, as long as there’s one team in Brisbane, there’s no way the NRL will let the Broncos go without a home game. I’d love to see them play in PNG but that’ll never happen during a regular season. They’re the cash cow, crowd average bumper and tv ratings puller that covers for the shortcomings of a lot of other teams when it comes to the end of year reports. We may not like it, but that’s how it is.

Start saying goodbye to watching NRL at suburban grounds

Thanks for the post Jim – if you checked the comments you’d have seen these issues have been acknowledged. There’s certainly no suggestion here that the ACT government aren’t giving the local teams any cash. And this isn’t a piece about a new stadium in Canberra. Believe me, I would have been happy to add another 1200 words to flesh out the stadium situation in the capital, but I’m not sure everyone else would have appreciated it.

Start saying goodbye to watching NRL at suburban grounds

This is the weekly tipping article, Dutski! There’s no formalities here!

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 6

Hi Your- average crowds are actually steady at the moment, up by half a percent to this point. But with the SFS out of action it wouldn’t be a surprise to have a lower average this year and maybe next.

Start saying goodbye to watching NRL at suburban grounds

Ripper again Ryan. I miss the days when NRL360 was good.

Eight simple rules for enjoying the NRL more

True- Mr Fluffy didn’t help things either I suppose

Start saying goodbye to watching NRL at suburban grounds

You seriously don’t believe that?

Start saying goodbye to watching NRL at suburban grounds

You shouldn’t be surprised Nat that moves are already underway to kill off the World Cup in the USA… No one wants to bear any costs. https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/us-world-cup-hosting-plans-torpedoed-by-money-trouble-20181204-p50k5p.html

Where's the American Valentine Holmes?

Because they’re not, Stavros- 98.4% of those 16,236 college footballers miss out on the NFL!

Where's the American Valentine Holmes?

He does, Paul – thanks to the wonderful Rugby League Project website I came up with Manfred Moore in ’77, Al Kirkland who played with Parramatta in 1956, Vuna and Newton as the American born players.
The total is five rather than four though, because I forgot Greg Smith who played one shocking NRL game for Newcastle in 1999. There’s some footage of him not doing well at 1.35 in this video… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH2KwvA404A&feature=youtu.be&t=92

Where's the American Valentine Holmes?

This is a fantastic story Beznez, I love it. The Walker brothers were also talking about a college player they were trialling who was getting concussed because he kept putting his head in the wrong place when he was trying to tackle…
Thanks for the posts.

Where's the American Valentine Holmes?

Nice piece Mid.

Can football fans handle the truth?

I think you’re on the wrong website Elvis!

Farewell White Lightning, the NRL grinder’s latest victim

100% Mushi. Average NRL career is 48 games, 2 full seasons pretty much. Players need to maximise what they can get when they can get it!

Farewell White Lightning, the NRL grinder’s latest victim

Not if you see his comments about being unable to get in and out of his car Emcie.

Farewell White Lightning, the NRL grinder’s latest victim

I believe there is a fund for players who retire for medical reasons and for support to players after life in the NRL Paul, but I couldn’t find any recent info online about it. Ross delayed his retirement announcement cos they had to tee up clearance and agreement on a final payout but I couldn’t find info about the policy.

Farewell White Lightning, the NRL grinder’s latest victim