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Mick Jeffrey

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Joined December 2017







19 Time marathon and 3 time Ultra Marathon finisher, played over 250 local Aussie Rules games (and coached 15) in Central Qld.



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I can safely predict that no stadium will be ever built again in this country with a massive (say over 35K) capacity unless a major event comes along to justify it such as the Olympics. Covid has basically seen to that with in venue crowds down in every sport across the country. Doesn’t matter if you put roofing over stadia, erect shiny new scoreboards or make every match a nightclub where a sports match accidentally takes place. Why bother when you could stay at home without major risk of getting sick (which says a lot about the mentality of fans but that’s another tale for another time), stream it for very little cost compared to a game ticket, purchase food that is often cheaper (have to be careful about saying that these days) and cooked to your liking when you want rather than sitting under heat lamps for not quite as long as they do in an outback roadhouse, and not have to worry about getting home unless you’re at a mates place who doesn’t have a couch to crash on. Apply this to any worldwide city you like.

Build it and they won’t come: Why Sydney doesn’t deserve more stadiums

To me this is a massive opportunity to make the change from the assumption that overlapping games would cannibalise audiences, which in the era of streaming makes little to no sense (people will watch if they want when they want, not necessarily live). If the league really wants premium money for premium slots by selling them individually, then offer only ONE game on each of the prime time nights (Thursday which I personally don’t agree with but it seems they’re hell bent on it, Friday, Saturday), perhaps a stand alone Sunday Afternoon or Twilight game which they could offer exclusively to a streaming outlet if they don’t do this for Thursday which I can absolutely see happening, then offer another general package to be played at the same time on a Saturday. The only hurdle would realistically be venues but as shown through the Covid era there’s no reason why they can’t use a venue twice in a day in Melbourne.

Forward press: An uninformed commentary on the next AFL TV rights deal

Feel as though this is a test case for other pro sporting leagues in this country to see if the streaming figures make the whole midweek made for TV concept viable for themselves. Not too many sporting organisations are concerned with the interest of the fans at a level past casual, so long as their money is invested in the streaming rights holders. Indeed the last 2 years have shown they’re about revenues and made for TV content rather than worrying about fans being able to physically attend.

Are we okay with the A-League Men becoming a made-for-TV competition?

It may sound ideal to only have home members admitted to the ground, but the issue is that of those 30000, many would be from interstate/country areas and probably wouldn’t be able to make an Easter Monday game. Others of course will be spooked by Covid and simply not turn up as we’ve seen in pretty much every other sporting competition held in Summer which appears to be a trend. They’ll be lucky to half fill the house and would have to resort to desperately offloading seats to get the stadium full.

NRL crowd atmosphere not a patch on UK: Eels right to lock rival fans out of CommBank Stadium

Anyone else dare include Mal Meninga’s forearm guard?

The all-time great rugby league fashions

I also recall former Lion/Bulldog/Hawk Matthew Dent was known as Chicken.

AFL top 100: Nicknames 100-91

She got the world to notice because in order for any message to get attention these days in the media, you have to simply speak the loudest. It’s why we see the “rent-a-crowd” always protesting the latest fad depending on time of the year (e.g. Australia Day, Melbourne Cup, Refugees) and the media always tagging along to fill their 24 hour cycles.

Why doesn't sport do more about climate change?

For some reason Newcastle had trouble beating the Seagulls in the early part of the 90’s. They somehow lost to them at home in 1991 (Wally wasn’t playing for the Coast that day either), they handed them their only win of the season in 1993, then came this game which was just before an Origin (think it was Origin 1) in 1994.

Five classic games of the 1990s you might not remember

GC Giants

Illawarra Steelers' greatest ever team

Personally with the playoff overtime rules meaning your fate is virtually determined by a coin toss (lose that and you’re basically toast barring a monumental stuff up or have Matt Hasselbeck opening his gob), I’d much rather take my chances with winning in regulation.

The bizarre coaching decision that might have cost the Packers a Super Bowl

I can understand the thinking with 3 timeouts and the 2 minute warning to stop the clock and hope the defence can force a three and out or a turnover. It’s just that their D came up short.

The bizarre coaching decision that might have cost the Packers a Super Bowl

Just looked at that Brothers side, I may be guessing that the two that did not play in the Sydney comp the next year were halfback Greg Smith and centre Jeff Burns. Four went to St.George (Clinton Mohr, Mark Coyne, Peter Gill and Trevor Bailey), a couple went to North Sydney (Tony Rea and Gary “Too Easy” Smith), the Broncos eventually snapped up a pair (Joe Kilroy and Brett Le Man), prop Steve Carter went to Newcastle, other prop Jim Stafford went to Wests and Rob Grogan played for Gold Coast.

History of Brisbane Rugby League: Endings and beginnings (1987 and beyond)

Predictable considering public opinion wants these crowds to be zero

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 3

That sounds so much like Jacko….As for Friend, wasn’t he part of the baby broncos that played at Campbelltown? If so the first tryscorer from that game was a bloke called Robert Tanielu, who according to Vossy on the sideline that night worked at a fruit or fish market and was given a week off to prepare. The coach that night with Wayne coaching Qld? Some bloke called Bellamy.

The forgotten players: Brisbane Broncos

Was in the same high school graduation class as “Blocker” Lacey. Probably would be pigeonholed as too small to play first grade these days. Converted half back. Another forgotten Bronco that was in the same graduation class was Guy Williams who made about half a dozen appearances as a second rower off the bench. Holds the games appearance record for the CQ Crappas……I mean Capras before moving to Brisbane to play and coach with Norths (at the time the Capras were aligned to the Broncos, but only a couple of players like Ben Hunt and the Coal Train [Dave Taylor] would come back to play when dropped).

The forgotten players: Brisbane Broncos

Looks like a plan B is there…..B for Bunnings. Sponsorship deal signed on Wednesday related to the ladder, although the reactions are more to do with the jibes rather than positives for the league. Examples include “Lowest crowds are just the beginning” and “if you find a league with lower attendances, we’ll beat it by 10%”. Not to mention the sauce bottles at Gosford seemingly now having a practical use (onions below the snag of course).

Victory also will have a 50% crowd limit to their home games, some apparently having issues booking family seats for their first home game which is a ticketek issue. Suspect the same will apply for City and Western Nomads who’ll have more home venues than Malcolm Douglas this season.

The A-League better hope it has a Plan B

The Woorabinda Wiz himself, biggest name ever to come from the Indigenous Settlement which has a population of about a thousand. Went on to be fullback in the Queensland Cup’s 20th anniversary team spending a long time at Burleigh.

The forgotten players: North Queensland Cowboys

Kerrod Walters was Rams skipper, probably would have struggled to get a run at the Mariners.

The forgotten players: Hunter Mariners

It’s arguably 5 more than normal….

The A-League has a new look, but can it win back some old fans?

Let’s not forget the ultimate forgotten coach, Phil Economides. ARL Coach of the year in 1997.

One of the best memories of the Chargers (as they were then)… early in 1996 in Darwin we got the Continuous Call team on community station Top FM, and one day they were beating Parramatta. Ray Hadley after every around the grounds cross kept going one about how the $2000000 team (having attracted ex-Canterbury players Smith, McCracken, Dymock and Pay in the off season) was losing to the $2 that the Chargers basically were. I still joked that Martin Bella was probably worth 50c of that $2.

The forgotten players: Gold Coast Chargers

Looking purely at strike rates I’d never have picked James Hopes as a high strike rate player, especially when I generally saw him as a bowling all rounder.

Analysing Australia's most successful ODI batsmen

I’m guessing the Hobart games are to make up for no international games being played there this season….

Dear CA, what were you thinking?

From what I believe he’s lost a ton of weight in recent years too, the return to limited interchange finished his career at his playing weight.

Ray Herring I best remember for being the Broncos Reserve Grade skipper in 1990 when they won the Magoo’s in extra time denying Canberra a sweep.

As for Tony Hearn, many believe he could have come to the Crushers as a test rep if it wasn’t for headbutting Mark Carroll in the 3rd Origin of 95 (and somehow winning the penalty, let alone staying on the park).

The forgotten players: South Queensland Crushers

Tony Chalmers also has a premiership medal (as they were in 1986), replaced another forgotten man in Mick Delroy who according to Sterlo somehow survived an Andrew Farrar head high.

I actually have a nomination, an English half by the name of Chris Thorburn who came from the Sheffield Eagles and played a year out here in 2003 I think. Didn’t make many appearances.

The forgotten players: Parramatta Eels

Darren Junee….best remembered for scoring a ripping try in that controversial Monday Night game Vs the Broncos in 1996, chip and chase past Michael Hancock, then beats Kerrod Walters before diving through a Willie Carne tackle to score in the Mark Coyne corner of the SFS.

The forgotten players: Sydney Roosters