Maurice Lindsays Comments

Maurice Lindsays Comments

Post by Michael Cars » Thu, 21 Dec 1995 04:00:00


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
Brisbane                                Manly
Canberra                                Newcastle
Canterbury                              Easts (Oh alright Sydney City)
Cronulla                                Illawarra
Auckland                                Norths
Penrith                                 Crushers
Western Reds                            Parramatta
Nth Qld Cowboys                         Wests
Adealide                                Souths
Hunter Mariners                         Balmain
                                        Gold Coast
                                        St George

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.

 
 
 

Maurice Lindsays Comments

Post by Keith Ra » Sat, 23 Dec 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

> 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
> Brisbane                                Manly
> Canberra                                Newcastle
> Canterbury                              Easts (Oh alright Sydney City)
> Cronulla                                Illawarra
> Auckland                                Norths
> Penrith                                 Crushers
> Western Reds                            Parramatta
> Nth Qld Cowboys                         Wests
> Adealide                                Souths
> Hunter Mariners                         Balmain
>                                         Gold Coast
>                                         St George

> 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.

I agree. The criticism that the News Corp press has been hammering down
our throats for so long now i.e. too many one-sided matches, is going to
apply to both competitions. But I guess it will no longer seen as a
problem    Brisbane 50 - 0 Marinators will be a "sensational try-scoring
feast". If the major problem was too many clubs for the number of class
players, how will it be now with even more clubs? If News, Ribot etc etc
really did care for the game of League, then they would have accepted the
fact that Optus had the Pay tv rights and would have known that to back a
breakaway comp would cause the mess that it has.
Regarding Lindsay, I can't understand why a country where League has been
played for so long, yet still comes way behind other sports in popularity
etc should provide the top international position. Or is he considered to
be a success story?
As for the Australian rep, its Morgan? Can someone fill me in with details
about the guy, as I've forgotten about his contributions to the sport. e.g
who did he play for, what has he done for Australian RL etc

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Keith Rand,  Sydney Australia