Australian rugby league has dabbled in lots of administrative fashions amongst its golf equipment and has skilled admirable success in loads of them.
At the moment you may have groups organised alongside the normal Sydney traces of poker machine-rich leagues golf equipment, you may have groups which might be very a lot the product of their communities and reside on their TV grants and you’ve got privately owned franchises.
We’ve had enlargement, which in my lifetime began with the jerseys of recent groups Canberra and Illawarra being held up on the 1981 grand last – and mergers.
Between them, enlargement and merged golf equipment have received 17 of the competitions because the scarlet and lime inexperienced jumpers had been positioned on show on the Sydney Cricket Floor, with two extra championships stripped from the Storm.
Two of those joint ventures, Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra, have been profitable in that they received premierships. We will all have variations of opinion over what constitutes success within the enterprise of sport however successful comps is one thing, I hope, most of us can agree on.
The Northern Eagles, however, weren’t so profitable.
We have now groups representing suburbs, cities, states and international locations and but we will by no means ensure who will beat who on a given day. That’s a giant achievement while you have a look at how skilled sports activities leagues are organised elsewhere on the planet.
However the one mannequin we now have not seen explored in Australia with rugby league is relocation – and I’m anxious to see it tried out.
At one level throughout David Gallop’s reign there was an $11-million incentive for any group that relocated. By the tip of his time, there was simply as a lot on provide to bail a membership out so they may keep the place they had been!
I make no secret of the very fact I’d welcome Cronulla being our take a look at tube child in relation to relocation.
Eight and a half groups in Sydney is simply too many and Cronulla are weak in the mean time with their coach banned and dealing with a nice of $800,000.
Hypothesis the NRL might take over their license has eased in latest days but when that was to occur, the place ought to they be shifted to?
Absolutely Brisbane could be a nasty name.
The Broncos have a stranglehold on that market and also you don’t take them on with a transplanted Sydney membership. Brisbane Sharks would all the time flounder on dry land in opposition to Broncos – even the world’s greatest advertising and deepest pockets would battle to make them work.
Nearly everybody in Brisbane is aware of who the Cronulla Sharks are – they aren’t about to un-know it in the identical method that the Fitzroy Lions had been about to turn out to be the Brisbane Lions or South Melbourne was in a position to evolve into the Sydney Swans.
These two examples recommend Perth could be a extra appropriate house.
I’m certain the WARL have their very own designs on the West Coast Pirates however has that identify attained any resonance but outdoors of the rugby league neighborhood? The Perth Reds are lengthy gone – they haven’t performed on the high degree for 20 years.
(If Cronulla went the best way of North Sydney after which got here again in 2038, they could even work in Brisbane).
Individuals say relocation received’t work. However lord is aware of we’ve tried out loads of worse, untested, dangerous foolhardy ideas simply to verify they’re garbage since 1908.
I imply, the Hunter Mariners?
Let’s check out relocation simply to make sure it’s a crap concept.