NSW Cup minor premiers, Mounties have failed to qualify for the grand final after poor goal kicking (1/6) stopped them from running down Newcastle 26-30.
The Mounties side boasted more than 400 NRL games spread among 10 players. In the season as a whole Mounties fielded 18 players with NRL experience.
Clint Newton now has the opportunity to go out winner for Newcastle when they take on the Wyong Roos, who have plenty of players from the Sydney Roosters full time squad.
Fans turn up but hate the 45 min grass growing sessions
I have already listed clubs that have reverted back from non NRL aligned NSW Cup style arrangement back to proper RG. In fact most of these clubs play 3 grades on game days also
Windsor back to Penrith
Central Coast back to Newcastle
Sydney Bulls back to Canterbury
Balmain-Ryde back to Wests-Tigers
Vulcans back to Warriors
Sunshine Coast back to Manly (at the request of the NSWRL)
Even Cronulla ran a team up until last year playing 3 grades on game day
All of these were driven by NRL club managements bar Manly
All other NRL - NSW Cup arrangements were about saving money in a early Easts-Newtown model nothing more
All non NRL clubs playing NSW Cup, bar Norths were promoted from Bundy Cup/RM Cup
Illawarra was created because the Shellharbour arrangement wasnt working also
In the end money doesnt seem to be a issue for over than 70% of NSW NRL clubs
The downside is that the Bears may need to follow Wests into RM Cup in what should evolve into the real NSW Cup going forward
Sounds like miss piggy is out of touch
Wyong never played in either the Bundy or Ron Massey Cups. They joined NSW Cup after a falling out with the Newcastle comp officials.