As a Sydney-sider, I see more about the ARL/Super League fiasco than
you guys down south. Although rugby league is now a "unified"
competition, I'm of the opinion it's dead in the water. One foundation
club (South Sydney) has been dumped from the comp; 6 clubs (all loyal
to ARL be it noted!) have been forced to merge in order to survive.
Only one of those clubs (Illawarra) was from outside Sydney; the
others were: Western Suburbs, Balmain, North Sydney (all foundation
clubs), St George & Manly (not foundations, but have been in the
Sydney comp for over 50 years).
I have many friends who used to follow these clubs, but who now have
either switched to follow our great game, or rugby union instead. If
this fight between Elliott & the AFL splits our game, then it will go
the same way.
I understand how the Norths guy feels. If the club I've supported for
over 40 years were to fold or have to merge, it would leave a huge
hole in my life. I do have a life and I would survive, but I doubt I
would bother with footy any more.
Just when our footy looks like becoming the *** national footy
game in all states, let's hope we don't go down the same road or a
similar one to rugby league.
On Fri, 31 Mar 2000 20:00:47 +1000, "TechnoPunked"
>Mic, I am as close as you. Just have a vague interest in the rugby all of
>a sudden - something to do with the way our great game is being screwed
>with. Agree, this guy needs to find another pursuit but still the point
>Media plays club & competition off against each other (Broncos etc & ARL)
>creates a second comp and in the end once economics prevails some
>traditional clubs die. Which clubs are going to have to go if we
>rationalise with these soughts of wars / would the mighty tigers survive?
>> appears to have written:
>> > extract from a letter just posted by Matt Barker from the Save the Bears
>> > (NRL). There was an AGM last night and it was decided there is NO more
>> > saving:
>> > -----
>> > These bastards have taken from me and from so many others something
>> > can't be replaced. It feels like my best friend has been ***ed. For
>> > of you who don't follow footy, or some others of you whose clubs are
>> > in the competition, you have no idea what it feels like to have
>> > that you have worshipped your whole life taken from you forever.
>> Sounds like it was written by someone who:
>> a) Never had a best friend to be ***ed, or
>> b) is a complete idiot.
>> The phrase "Get a Life" springs to mind here...
>> have a good one,
>> Mic. Yellow & Black!!!