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Adam Bagnall

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I call it that because no NRL team is based there, not has there ever been. Building a stadium in such a place makes zero sense

All of the NRL's problems - and how to solve them

You have the Sharks potentially playing the Dragons in Liverpool…not sure how convenient that would be

All of the NRL's problems - and how to solve them

You have some bizarre fetish with a stadium in Liverpool, an NRL deadzone, it will never happen. Also Dragons tried having multiple home grounds and it was very unpopular, they’ll continue to play home games at WIN and Kogarah only. I think the key is value for money. At WIN for example, they are charging something like $30 to stand on the hill, and the horrible food they serve there is ridiculously expensive, while you are often standing around for the best part of an hour waiting for the game to start. Cheerleaders and bland pre-game talk from Marty Haynes doesn’t do it for me.

All of the NRL's problems - and how to solve them

Maxwell isn’t a Test standard player and never will be. He hits a few boundaries, gets too excited and plays a dumb shot, hence his less than spectacular 26 average at that level. a 20/20 slogger and nothing more

The Australian cricket team will surprise us this summer

Not even close. For a penalty try, you have to be 100% sure a try would have been scored. Feki wasn’t even in the in-goal, and he was upright. Too many variables to consider like knock on, foot in touch, etc.

Context, monkeys and bananas: Why Slater should be cleared

Billy still gets his due process at the tribunal, so not sure what point, if any, you are making. End of the day, the shoulder charge is illegal, and he should be found guilty and suspended. There is no argument against these facts. Emotion is not an argument. He didn’t hurt the player is not an argument. There was no intent is not an argument.

Context, monkeys and bananas: Why Slater should be cleared

Rules are not circumstancial. They apply all season long, irrespective of whether he misses a GF. The rest of your article is irrelevant

Context, monkeys and bananas: Why Slater should be cleared

The event I went to was members only. A fan day at WIN or Kogarah seems like a good idea, make it members only to encourage sign ups

Why can't the NRL get more people to buy memberships?

Would make sense. Open training sessions once a week, better discounts on merchandise and local businesses a start. Perhaps if you renew in the off season you can purchase 2019 jersey for $100, but not sure how much control club has over prices.

Why can't the NRL get more people to buy memberships?

Slater makes contact with his shoulder, and is charged with a grade 1 shoulder charge….I’m flabbergasted. Leave emotion at the door and it’s an easy decision. Unfortunate, but not everyone enjoys a perfect farewell

NRL Judiciary hand down shock Billy Slater finding

Lockyer has zero personality. It’s actually painful watching him commentate and do interviews

Rating the NRL commentators

Effort was there but their big players went missing. I seriously think the club is in trouble with that halves pairing going forward they offer a mixed bag.

Seven talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks NRL preliminary final

Dragons managed to put 32 on the Storm that day, Storm pulled away last 20. Not really that embarrassing I think we had a few players out

Seven talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks NRL preliminary final

Billy won’t play bit with store get Clive Churchill if we use the same logic as the Origin award

Seven talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks NRL preliminary final

Where do you get your logic? A one point win to the Storm becomes a thrashing? Interesting. Souths barely beat the Dragons and will need to be better just to beat the Roosters. Can’t see it happening

Seven talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks NRL preliminary final

At least we went out with some ticker. Sharks pretty much laid down and died.

Seven talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks NRL preliminary final

I think Allana Ferguson is one of the most articulate intelligent analysts to appear on the screen. Oh dear what have you been watching? She offers nothing but dull cliches as if she’s reading off a bit of paper. Last night she made the brilliant observation that the Sharks need to start scoring when they were down 22-0 or something with 20 to go. She is woefully bad.

Rating the NRL commentators

So we can throw the rules out the window because it could ruin a fairytale finish? Such a weak argument. Rules are rules and Cameron Smith missed 2008 through suspension, so the occasion doesn’t really make much of an excuse

Slater is guilty but shouldn’t miss the grand final

Dragons do hold member events, but they seem a bit rushed and unorganised. I went to one after the Manly game, players came out in groups of 4 or 5 then were mobbed by fans, very difficult to get a pic or autograph. Venue was quite small too, a fan day at the ground would have worked better with more room and all players could mingle, not just half the team. And yes a 20% discount on a $200 jersey isn’t much, definitely need to up their discounts on merchandise.

Why can't the NRL get more people to buy memberships?

Point 2 shouldn’t be a factor. He deserves to miss 1 game, be it a GF, or a regular season game.

Slater is guilty but shouldn’t miss the grand final

No, they got it right. Shoulder charges are incredibly dangerous and there is little margin for error. Rather than eliminate only some shoulder charges that make contact with the head they got it right to eliminate them all. If there is any consistency Slayer will miss the GF, tough, but fair. That’s a shoulder charge in round 1, and nothing has changed since.

Slater is guilty but shouldn’t miss the grand final

If I was a Sharks fan, and thank god I’m not, I’d be pretty embarrassed by that. Their halves were no shows all game, Valentine Holmes did nothing and Fifita was his usual, dumb, ill-disciplined tool. That try on halftime could have been prevented if he was defending in the line instead of carrying on like a child. Serious questions need to be asked of Chad Townsend and Matt Moylan, both of whom struggled all game, and if that’s their halves partnership in 2019 they are in big trouble as they seem to go missing when their team is on the backfoot. Storm will beat either the Roosters or Rabbitohs. In fact you could make a whole new team combining Roosters and Rabbitohs players and the Storm would still win

Seven talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks NRL preliminary final

You can’t let the fairytale of a GF winning finish get in the way of due process. It was a blatant shoulder charge and pretty dumb play, he could have pushed him into touch and gotten the same result for his team. It would be tragic for Slater to miss a GF farewell, but that’s life. We can’t magically change the interpretation on a whim

Slater is guilty but shouldn’t miss the grand final

I’ve been a Dragons Red V member for 9 straight years and while I enjoy being a member, the benefits are pretty limited. Outside of home games, you don’t enjoy a lot of discounts, 20% off at the club’s store isn’t that great, and member only events are sporadic. I went to one about a month ago, and it was very good, but it seemed to be very crowded, making it difficult to get photos. As far as I know there are no open training sessions for members, which would be a good thing to have. Essentially, outside of home matches there are no benefits, like there are no discounts at local businesses for you to enjoy, and no incentive to buy a membership in the off season as nothing happens until March.

Why can't the NRL get more people to buy memberships?

AFL clubs don’t have an identity crisis. They are named for the area that they represent, but the game is smart enough to put games in the best stadiums. Result? 90-odd thousand fans to finals games. NRL hangs on to outdated grounds and forces fans to head there all year and then expects them to travel to Allianz. Not going to happen.

The NRL needs a new stadium – but not another in the city