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Kangaroos storm into a new era

While the post mortem of the Wallabies’ World Cup raged on, international rugby league fans were treated to a double-header in Wollongong on Friday night with the Jillaroos playing the Kiwi Ferns followed by the Kangaroos playing the Kiwis.

At the time of selection Fiji had only played two endorsed Tests, Brazil had played a handful more and have legitimate Olympians with untold marketing potential. I think their inclusion is great for RL in South America.

Has international rugby league finally turned a corner?

Yeah because International league had 20 Million Pounds worth of finding in the 80s.

Has international rugby league finally turned a corner?

I know little about MLR Rugby at present but the sports writers that I have been making contact with in Toronto tell me that The Wolfpack are a bigger brand than the Arrows at the moment.

Super League build-up heralds new era

I have to agree with that, as good as a coach as Bennett is he failed to sell the game, International’s rate really well on the BBC and need the highest profile going forward as they can get.

Super League build-up heralds new era

Yes to my knowledge they were on the sports report on 3 channels including Global Sport.

Super League build-up heralds new era

The season average should be a tick over 10 000, interest will build after February when it gets to the pointy end of the season.

The Wanderers need a reset - and so does the rest of the A-League

There is active support at Western Sydney (although I’m almost certain glares are prohibited) there is a safe standing area that was installed just for the Wanderers, allocated game day pubs followed by marches to the stadium, not sure how it could be more active?

The Wanderers need a reset - and so does the rest of the A-League

A smaller stadium would have never happened under a Government funding model and the Wanderers support base and growth was one of the main reasons sighted for a new stadium in the West (I saw it in black and white on the tender sheets).
And yes average crowds this year will probably be a tick over many other years, a whole plethora of Football writers and commentators predicted far bigger crowds on a weekly basis at Bankwest.

The Wanderers need a reset - and so does the rest of the A-League

I agree with you to a point, but a big reason that this stadium was built was the Wanderers were outgrowing the old one and with the fantastic new stadium and the surge that the Eels observed in 2019 some writers and fans right here on the Roar were predicting weekly home crowds of near 20 000.
So while I concede this year’s average will probably be a little better than some previous years-especially the ones at Homebush- many were expecting far better.
And if you look at this game in isolation there isn’t many excuses to grasp at, it was a mild dry night with no smoke haze at a world class stadium right next to Parramatta’s restaurant and bar precinct against a team even in their current rabble they were capable of beating.

The Wanderers need a reset - and so does the rest of the A-League

You’re right about the fans staying away, BankWest looked absolutely depressing last night on a pretty dry night in Parramatta.
Just a few years ago the Wanderers fans were the envy of sporting clubs all around Australia- and the main reason the stadium was built in the first place- and now they go missing?
The A-League really needs to have an honest chat about crowds.

The Wanderers need a reset - and so does the rest of the A-League

Sorry that was meant to say Kareela, it was a typo.

Cronulla's off-field dysfunction will eventually catch up on the field

Do you realise that this article is discussing a piece that was ran in the SMH?
Main stream media, so therefore totally ignore is a little bit of Hyperbole.

Would a winter season even work in the A-League?

This is the thing though, corporate backers who put sometimes millions of dollars into clubs want flash. They want luxury corporate facilities with which to entertain clients. So economically it’s easier for clubs to play in an oversized stadium that seems completely inappropriate for the fans in the stands rather than play in a seemingly more suitable suburban type ground.

Would a winter season even work in the A-League?

That’s true, when I lived in Liverpool I went to far more Tranmere Rovers game at Prenton Park than I did compared to Anfield, mostly for economic reasons.

Would a winter season even work in the A-League?

After June 2020 there will be five teams playing out of BankWest, if you then add a whole other sport I can see a scheduling headache.

Would a winter season even work in the A-League?

Can’t both sports grow and happily coexist?
Why does one sport have to die?

Would a winter season even work in the A-League?

It would be a scheduling nightmare for the teams in the Eastern Cities.
Take Bankwest, next year it could have up to 5 teams playing out of there.
Add to that places like AAMI in Park and Suncorp stadium, finding free space in these Venues every week would be immensely difficult.

Would a winter season even work in the A-League?

Yeah but no one burns money like the Sharks, the Football department get 13 Million a year from the NRL, so how does the club lose so much money still? And also for a club with such weak crowds and membership not have a marketing department?

Cronulla's off-field dysfunction will eventually catch up on the field

They sold their position in the development for a one off payment to pay down debts, they can no longer draw an income off the development. The Leagues club operates at a loss most years and the Sharks struggle to turn a profit at their own ground.
Mareeba was a good acquisition but it’s a small club and it will take some time to see how much revenue it generates.
Now that the club is essentially homeless for 2 seasons things are only going to get worse, this club is far from stable.
I’m a Sharks supporter and I’m over it.

Cronulla's off-field dysfunction will eventually catch up on the field

Agreed, I’m not doubting you could make the costings work, I’m just unsure of who would want to foot the bill.
Especially as the Government is spending far too much on another very controversial stadium, so they’re out, I really don’t think the Council have the money, the Dragons don’t want a bar of the place even though their club is across the road and Sydney FC would Isolate a lot of their Northern supporters.
There may be some mysterious investor out there but it would be difficult to turn it into returns.

Why Kogarah is perfect for the A-League

True but I can’t see anyone making money (serious money I mean) off that ground at present, it’s in a weird location, trains seldom stop at Carlton and parking can be tricky as it’s on the highway.
The new SFS combined with the train will be a revelation- a far too large overpriced revelation nonetheless – and that’s where FC will see their long term future.

Why Kogarah is perfect for the A-League

No I have not as I said pure speculation.
Who do you think would pay to further develop Jubilee though?

Why Kogarah is perfect for the A-League

I can’t see great return on that investment, although I am just speculating

Why Kogarah is perfect for the A-League

I don’t understand the Brisbane Roar obsession with Redcliffe either?
It’s barely Brisbane and it’s tiny, it’s a Q-Cup venue.
Suncorp is awesome and it’s in Brisbane, the team should focus on getting more people through the gates in Brisbane and play no more than a handful of games at Redcliffe.

Why Kogarah is perfect for the A-League

I don’t think the Council have the desire or the resources to redevelop the stadium, and the NSW Government already spent about 13Million in 2010 so can’t see them paying more money again to develop a stadium they don’t technically own.

Why Kogarah is perfect for the A-League