Totally OFF the NRL

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  1. T-Boon

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    Good point.
    Since they have changed rules to take most of the brutality out of the game they should at least bring in rules to bring some more skill into it. An arm wrestle is boring unless someones arm might snap.

    40/30.
     
  2. Stallion

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    Head in the sand stuff! Lets ignore it and its not happening! Only lately, this year in fact, I have seen 'backyard league' and information about a league tag tournament with 75 primary schools participating. The last decade has been wasted from what I suspect from a development viewpoint. Development people have poorly targeted their approach and have been lazy! Only now have I noticed rugby league appearing in the primary schools of Newcastle. Im amazed that leaguetag is not a PSSA sport all over Australia? Looks like AFL is grabbing that mantle! Its already a PSSA sport for NSW. Go figure. That's anecdotal as well is it?
     
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  3. kbw

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    People do need to take their head out of the sand in terms of AFL v NRL.
    Its not so much about the supporters in RL heartland now, but in 20 years time.

    AFL as much as its not my preferred sport has got its model right. They are in schools and pooring money into the grassroots. Importantly its not about developing elite players its about inclusion and getting everyday normal kids playing the game.
    The limited funding to grassroots of RL by the NRL is far more focused on development and pathways as opposed to just getting kids to play.
     
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  4. T-Boon

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    Anyone who denies AFL is eyeing off Newcastle is crazy. If they aren't it would lay a long way outside their usual MO. RL & the Knights are clear number 1 here but as with everywhere else RL is doing the bare minimum.
    AFL will help Newcastle try to get the Commonwealth games in 2030 or whatever and the government will build a stadium just perfect for Cricket & AFL team.
     
  5. Billythekid

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    Of course it is. Neither of us are posting any actual data or statistics so it's all anecdotal evidence. I'm not putting my head in the sand. I've stated numerous times that I think the NRL should be doing more to expand not just into new markets but existing ones. In particular we should be taking the fight to the AFL in Sydney.

    However in Newcastle and he hunter AFL is an also ran. In the upper hunter like singleton, Muswellbrook, Scone, Tamworth etc The AFL might as well not exist. In Newcastle it doesn't even register at the top level and at a junior level is dwarfed by league, union, soccer, netball etc. That's not to say AFL isn't a threat to League but Newcastle isn't where that's happening.
     
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    I think he was referring to the total lack of regard the nrl pays to its grassroots supporters not rule changes. Coaches have also made the nrl game more negative and less fun. Watching this world cup highlights that.
     
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  7. mozza91

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    Curling is more popular in Newcastle than AFL is.
     
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    Whilst you joke I'd say ice hockey probably is legitimately bigger than AFL in Newcastle.
     
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    Of course it is the North Stars have a decent following.
     
  10. The Mad Hatter

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    Im in primary schools in GWS land.

    18 schools and the Giants and AFL viewed with mirth by the multi ethnic kids and parents.

    NRL is king of the kids.

    The few kids who "play" AFL tend to be the kids on the bottom of the barrel when it came to sport...the weak, the feeble, the chronic asthmatics.

    No 20 year plan or million dollar investment will save them.
     
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  11. T-Boon

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    Nah, the problem you have is AFL is on TV here in Newcastle more than NRL is. Every sports fan here knows certain AFL names whereas nobody knows a single Ice hockey name...Stretski?
    If you think Ice hockey is bigger than AFL here then you definitely are burying head in sand.
     
  12. T-Boon

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    Haha. No they dont. Name one player.
     
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    No idea. They get coverage on on NBN news most days though and they have a small loyal fan base. AFL has no fan base here.
     
  14. Pedge1971

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    Stretski goes alright.
     
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    I bet the only kids who play AFL in Newcastle are ex pat Victards spreading the gospel of AFL foodie. Will never forget the Victard dude that was in my furnishing class in high school.
     
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    Don't forget the skinny feeble kids who lack the coordination to play real sport.
     
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    It has been reported that curling wands have been out of stock at the Warner Bay and Kotara Good Guys stores for months......
     
  18. T-Boon

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    I've been to a Stars game. It is a good night. I can't believe there is an Ice hockey league in Australia but no gridiron league.
     
  19. Billythekid

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    Being shown on TV doesn't mean shit. The AFL's rating in NSW are woeful and in rural NSW practically non existent. If anything that further proves my point, Newcastle has plenty of exposure to AFL on TV but nobody is actually watching it.

    Ice hockey draws bigger crowds than AFL in Newcastle and gets more coverage on the local news. It's played to a higher level than AFL in Newcastle as well.

    I'm well aware of the threat the AFL poses, Newcastle just isn't one of those battlegrounds.
     
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    Misunderstood the point. Even in so called rugby league heartland AFL and other codes are doing their best to gain potential rugby league players. Complacency is not a good idea. Ive visited a catholic school in Muswellbrook last and AFL was present and an option. I really do think rugby league should be promoting leaguetag as much as possible for primary school age kids. I'm also suggesting that original touch footy rules should be reintroduced to familiarize kids with rugbyleague centric rules such as playing the ball with the foot, marker and dummy half play. And kicking off any tap. Here's hoping.
     

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