Mr Lindsays comments after the first SL international board meeting
concerning the ARL competition really cannot go by without comment.
His comments were reported as inter alia that ARL games will be not
really interesting outside the top 2 or 3.
Lets have a look.
Super League ARL
Canterbury Easts (Oh alright Sydney City)
Western Reds Parramatta
Nth Qld Cowboys Wests
Hunter Mariners Balmain
At best, BOTH competitions will have some pretty ordinary games, but to
say the ARL will have them to the exclusion of SL is ridiculous.
In SL, the top 5 have good support, and Cowboys crowds showed up to
everything. But Penrith had a shocker last year and have lost their two
top players (Fittler & Freeman)> Mariners, Adelaide and to a lesser
extent Perth & Cowboys are still very much unknown quantities.
In the ARL, Souths, Balmain, Gold Coast, Wests are probably there to make
up th numbers, but the other sides all have a good support and look
pretty even. Remember that Parramatta have supposedly signed up the
Canterbury "4" and Ritson &***r from Cronulla.
Both comps look to have a top 5 and a bottom 5 that is pretty well set
before a ball is kicked. To say one comp is going to be better that
another is, at this stage, drawing a fairly long bow.