Cameron George and the Warriors are pissed off. And rightly so. I'm extremely pissed off too.
3 years we have had to base ourselves away from our Mt Smart base. Endless sacrifices by players, their families and the staff at the Warriors. Many thanks from all the opposition clubs for 'keeping the competition running' and essentially allowing EVERYBODY in the game to keep being paid. The vast majority of clubs have said that the Warriors should have all or the majority of games in NZ in 2023.
Empty words from each & every one of them over the past 3 years. Absolute crap from the other 15 clubs and the NRL as well.
The NRL have given us a home game for Magic Round. Woopy f**ken dooo!!! It's insulting to all involved in our club.
I see Tohu Harris and Shaun Johnson have now come out and expressed their anger and dissapointment as well.
TBH, i'm completely disillusioned with the whole thing and the NRL in general. Lets be honest, the product itself is turning to shit and is becoming unwatchable. The standard of the competition this year has been very very ordinary.
Rant over - in summary, I can kind of see where George is coming from!!
I think this is a great post. I like the passion
However, and this is probably further exposing my anti Cameron George viewpoint, if he's such a good operator - why wasn't he able to get negotiations done for other clubs to bring their games here, when we were led to believe there was a sentimentality by some of them to look after us?
The media has skewed it, too. Yes, there's 9 games at Mt Smart, and we've chosen (rightly) to take 2 around the country. Shame they're both North Island, mind you. Then the Magic Round is a financial sweetener. So there's your 12.
My questions would be as follows:
How hard has Cameron George gone to negotiate clubs over here? Craig Bellamy, Phil Gould and I am sure others were very strong in saying we should be looking after the Warriors. So did he try and get deals done with the Dogs (who have done it previously), Melbourne etc)? Or did he wait for them to voluntarily come?
How is it decided who gives up their home game for Magic Round? Does that mean if you are the 'home' team, you get the revenue?
Does Cameron George think this is a professional league, or a friendly league? Because it's all well and good people saying 'oh good on the Warriors, they've done our comp a favour, we should help' but it's completely another when you ask them to compromise their bottom line, add a week of travel and one game away from home advantage.