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Jack all kids registered at an SJRU club have a free season pass. Many of the kids at the rugby-playing schools also play club rugby. Both my kids used their season pass to get in.

10k was an outright lie, the 7890 figure quoted by Bamboo in another post seems more like it.

Waratahs miss platinum opportunity in the Golden West

Hello Geoff

Thanks for your article, well crafted as ever. You’re right on the money regarding the loss of the link between the elite and grassroots. But this was evident from day 1, despite Mr O’Neill’s assurances during ‘The War’ in 95-96. The SMH published a letter in 1996 from an appalled rugby fan (in fact it was me) that pointed out the grotesque leap in the newly professional game’s way of presenting the sport. There was an almost quaint old-fashioned conservatism (not meant in a politic sense) to the game that was common from 3rd Div subbies all the way to Test matches. The jerseys were plain, the field plain, the national anthem was played by a brass band and the crowd sang along, the PA announcements were sparse and at a reasonable volume, the players even stayed on the field at half time. Contrast that to what’s presented now, garish ludicrous jerseys, constant aural bombardment from the clown controlling the PA system, constant advertisements , deafening ‘rev up’ music, smoke and fireworks, meaningless team nicknames imposed by marketing geniuses, etc etc.

Plainly going back to pretending it’s the 1950s isn’t going to work and I doubt anyone really wants that. And I’m not arguing in favour of looking just at how test or SR matches are presented, the style etc. But just to point out that failing to take people along was there from the start of open professionalism. And now that Australian sides at the elite level appear unable to play decent happy joy-filled winning rugby, at least most of the time, it becomes easier to turn off the marketing bloodbath and have a better time at a local club game that has a history, has players a little more connected to the district, and isn’t an affront to the senses.

I spent the weekend at junior rugby, Friday night rep trials, Saturday ditto, Sunday at club games, ran the line for my youngest’s match, more rep trials on Sunday. I saw more happy, enjoyable rugby played by 12 and 15 year old kids than I did on Saturday night at the marvellous new stadium.

Not sure where I’m going with this, but I think there’s more to that disconnect than just how awful the new jerseys are, or whether the teams run off the field at half time. Will ponder some more and maybe contribute a more positive ‘way forward’ post later.

Cheers

The Wrap: Is Rugby Australia about to kill off the NRC, and if so, what happens next?

Took the family to the Sharks-Eels game weekend before last (Sharks fans) from our home in Sydney’s north west. It’s a fairly quick drive from the Hills to the Olympic Stadium. We paid for a family ticket to sit in crap seats that felt about 70m from the dead ball line. Due to timing we had dinner at the game. $60. Parking $25. Talked the kids out of any merchandise and Mrs Timmypig & I didn’t have any wine or beer.

Spent a lot more than we’d have spent driving all the way to Shark Park and paid all the tolls. The supposed 11 thousand and something at that game would have been a healthy crowd at Shark Park (or another small suburban stadium). We’d have been about 10m from the dead ball line. The bloke sitting a few seats from us at Olympic Stadium was watching the game through binos for heaven’s sake!

If the future of NRL club games is playing in an empty, grossly overpriced, soulless Olympic Stadium then I wonder if there’s any future for club games other than as content for devices.

Looking forward to the new Parra stadium, but demanding people from The Shire or the Northern Beaches or the ‘Riff or Campbelltown to drive at least an hour EACH WAY for every club game they go to is beyond daft.

Start saying goodbye to watching NRL at suburban grounds

Fair points, agreed.
If it starts at junior football the coaching has to be more sophisticated than just “hoof it down field”. An anecdote, for what it’s worth: all the dads who used to either coach or help coach my kids’ teams at the U7-U10 level (apart from a dad I won’t name who was a Socceroo & recently retired A-League player) had mostly only played football as juniors. All had done the junior coaching clinics recommended (or required) by the local association. Did we instill that sort of discipline and attention to the intense development of techniques? Nope – we were just dads who wanted to help out and see the kids have fun.
Maybe there’s the problem: for all its massive junior base, the vast majority of football playing kids’ initial 6-7 years of coaching is by well-meaning dads like me whose first love is probably some other sport.

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?

Redondo I can see where you’re coming from but it’s inaccurate to suggest other sports have little or no emphasis on mastery of technical skills.

I’m no authority on rugby league or Aussie rules, but as one who coaches rugby union I assure you the game has many highly technical skills that take years of dedicated effort to master.

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?

Rodger it appears notionally to have been deemed a Tigers ‘home game’. Weird. But weird is the nature of pro sport in Australia I guess.

Western Sydney Stadium is the feel-good story the A-League needs

Ignore all that …. that NRL game is three weeks before … Sorry.

Western Sydney Stadium is the feel-good story the A-League needs

20 July is smack bang in the middle of the NRL season and the Tigers are playing the Chooks the night before ….. I fear for the state of the pitch for the Leeds game.

plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

Western Sydney Stadium is the feel-good story the A-League needs