We've already lost the war. AwFuL have invested in prime real estate in Brisbane and Sydney, buying land on main roads so that they can build clubs that are noticed by commuters everyday. It's great marketing.Its pointless talking about rationalisation of Sydney as it isn't going to happen, regardless if you believe it should or not. The bigger question needs to be come how does the NRL grow into new markets, or is it going to try and become more popular in its existing markets and hope that's enough for the future? Leaving AFL not to have to worry about its heartlands has meant they can be as gung ho as they wish in pushing into new markets. Maybe making the game in Sydney more popular somehow is the answer but it is a great shame not to see it prosper in other areas currently devoid of any top tier rugby league. I can see a AFL3 team in Perth before an NRL one at this rate
Sadly I think we have lost the war with AFL and now its about how do we be as strong a second place as we can be. Brisabne2 HAS to be the next step in that then some serious consideration about a 20 team confernec eplan over the next decade or so. That's our only hope at the top level really. Shame we dont have administrators who can plan a strategy that far ahead, I mean they didnt even have the business case for Brisabne2 in place before blurting it to the media!
The Lions @Springwood Social Club is right near the motorway in Logan, which is the gambling capital of Brisbane. People from Brisbane can easily access it. The Lions rake in about $5m a year from it.
Broncos could have owned Logan by buying up real estate for a Leagues Club with a cinema. They could have bailed the Scorpions out in 2002 and used it as a feeder club, fielding teams all the way from U7 to Queensland Cup so every kid born in this city would grow up would wanting to be a Bronco. They let that slip and the Brisbane Strikers soccer club walked right in and took over Meakin Park. AwFuL have taken over Cronulla Park on the corner of Compton Rd and Kingston Rd, which is right in the heart of the city. Slowly but surely, AwFuL is trying to convert northern Logan's kids to fumbleball, and they're succeeding. The Springwood Tigers and Rochedale Tigers JRLFCs are out of sight, meanwhile the Springwood Pumas AFC will now be seen directly by thousands of commuters every day on the busy Compton Rd/Kingston Rd intersection.
A decade ago I contacted the QRL about reforming the Scorpions and putting them at Cronulla Park. They weren't interested. Our game is run by idiots. There is a Masterplan to convert Springwood into Logan's CBD, with high rise buildings and plenty of businesses, restaurants and a theatre. Cronulla Park is within walking distance and part of the area in the Masterplan. An RL club at this very location would have been a huge blow to AwFuL's expansion plans, but the idiots at the QRL, Broncos and ARL couldn't see it and now the opportunity has been lost.
I am seeing more and more kids around here wearing Lions gear. If we can't even hold onto RL heartland areas like Logan, what hope have we got of expanding into Perth?