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  1. One sport I would like "priced-out" is Rugby Union due to the damage caused to the playing surface from scrums, rucks, mauls, etc. The National Rugby Championship is still running with their final on 27 OCT 18. With the recent wet weather you can just imagine what a scrum reset five times would do to the surface. They should just stay at Concord Oval.
  2. Here's a simple solution … there is a big push to bring back the North Sydney Bears. Recently saw them on a Foxtel Flashback and they played ok. Even a very young Jason Taylor. Rebrand the Parramatta Eels as the North Parramatta Bears and then we have both teams in Red and Black. They could also play Frank Hyde commentary reruns during the breaks … "It's long enough, it's high enough and it's straight between the posts".
  3. My mate and I have a guess at the crowd based on the number of cars parked around Richie Benaud oval as we walk in. Last night we thought a big one from the number of cars and people in the streets. But as someone once said, we have Lies, damned lies, and statistics. And that gets used for the crowds at Pirtek. How often have we had a crowd of only 12K when I would have said 15K? So last night for our final game, we broke 20K and that was great. Here are the Pirtek record crowds - too early for last night - http://www.austadiums.com/stadiums/stadiums_crowds.php?id=85 The AFL and NRL are masters at crowd counting and maybe the FFA need to learn something from them. From all the noise last night, I thought there were 35K there, and can't wait until we come back to a larger and rectangular stadium. My other story from last night was when the Roar flare was lit, someone new to our area, high in the Western stand, starting yelling, where is David Gallop, Roar need to lose points? He had had a few to drink and kept going strongly, so I turned around and showed him where DG was sitting only 4m away. And then he just went to another level ... thankfully for all of us, we scored and he forgot about DG
  4. Hes made the point that I made couple of weeks ago. Kick both the Reds and the Broncos out of Suncorp and give exclusive rights to the roar Kick both the tahs and easts out of the SFS and give exclusive rights to the stadium to the smurfs Do Sydney fc train at macquarie fields or is Simon getting his macquaries mixed up... ? They train at Macquarie University at North Ryde aka Macquarie Park.
  5. rcfinc

    Squad Development 2015/16 Part 2

    My son and I were at the NPL2 game last night and he knows a bit. He said after 5 mins ... Spirit will collapse from lack of match practice in the second half and Wanderers will have an easy win. Well blow me down ... 0-0 at half time and it ended up 6-0 nil and should have been 7 given the open goal tap-in that ended up on the road. The kid can finish well but remember Spirit ran out of gas. Their defence was gooooooooooooone. But I did see some crisp and incisive passing, especially to the number 9. Liam Youlley played well but he had a lot of room.
  6. rcfinc

    The Refereeing Thread

    Right so it was dissent for moving the cream? Or dissent at Williams for putting more cream down?If Williams used a bit of common sense it wouldn't have blown up (ie he wasn't moving the ball just the excess foam) Jamo throws his arms out wide, clearly saying "For ****'s sake!â€. That's what the card is for, I'd say. I agree re the dissent ... I was about 30m directly in front of what happened and Jamison clearly spoke back to him. But would a more mature ref just let it go as he had contributed to the situation? I think yes ... have a talk ... defuse the situation ... and get him to take the kick.
  7. rcfinc

    Football Media Discussion

    I observe many media outlets and it is very rare to see anything "forward looking" re the A-League. The classic example is as I sit here in Melbourne is there is very little about today's A-League game. Why would the AFL and NRL supporting media - print, radio, and TV - want to present anything positive about what is going to be a very big game? Let's keep the Essendon ball bouncing along ... and now we have the Qld junior Origin starts having a big night out. Nothing about MVC vs WSW? And tomorrow will be the same ... unless we have a flare ... or some boisterious supporters ... and then it will be a massive dump on our sport. We really need the A-League on free-to-air to get a balance to the NRL and AFL and also the game that is played every week of the year ... cricket.
  8. rcfinc

    Football & The Media 2015/16

    I occasionally listen to 2GB and when I want to get angry I listen to AJ. I ask many people whether they listen to him and most of my contemporaries say no. The people that do are usually older than 65 and lean to the right of politics. So why do we care about Alan Jones? What influence does he have with our target market and I don't think it is too many 65 year olds. I care more about what our owners or major sponsors think and they aren't being influenced by 2GB or Rebecca Wilson or Alan Jones. The sponsors come to the games and enjoy the atmosphere and it wasn't it special last Saturday when Bridgey scored. So why should we care ... our best response is to ignore them and remember we have won three games in a row. Crowds will start to build up again and the positives will start outweighing the negatives. Remember the Daily Tele and 2GB have heavily invested in the NRL and have a lot to lose from Football's success. We just can't make it easy for them by some stupid acts. Re Media Watch, I would put it at 50/50 whether they report on the Jones' terrorist comment as it was so insensitive given the timing. He and Hadley are untouchable locally, so we need to just ignore them. If it was picked up by some foreign, football loving media organisation, and splashed across the world via both traditional and social media, then we have a different story. Find their sponsors and write directly to them. Wendy could knock up a nice letter in her spare time. No sponsors means no Jones or Hadley.
  9. My mate and I have a guess at the crowd as we park near Richie Benaud oval. We take into account how the Wanderers are playing, opposition, weather, day of the week, time, and our final input is how many cars are parked around the oval. I also listen to various media outlets and read papers and this game is getting talked up, eg. good article about Dario in the Australian, mentioned on Ch 7, 2GB, etc. What are some estimates for today's game? I am excited but know this one is always a tough game.
  10. rcfinc

    Berisha Blasts Brace

    It was a tough game ... but last time I looked we are the Champions of Asia and have another massive ACL game next week. I watched Topor closely and thought he was injured. But maybe nothing left and resting for Wednesday. It is both a physical and mental game and when you lose the mental side ... doesn't matter about the physical. And this is where we need to trust popa. Key players have a lot on their minds ... Tomi and Spira looking for bigger things ... the B teamers wanting to get more game time ... and the kids just wanting to play on the big stage. Two questions: We have several key players injured ... which one are we missing the most? If popa did leave who did I see last night as his replacement?
  11. Three out of three with the two non-foundation packs coming today.
  12. A win in the AFC would be great but I would like to see better and more consistent World Cup performances from the Socceroos. We need to be building a squad for 2018.
  13. Parramatta is so right for so many reasons - location, transport, culture, entertainment, growth opportunities, etc. I can't see us getting a football dedicated stadium in the short term so we need to work with the Eels in convincing the politicians to open their purses for a major spend for the Parra upgrade. I do like the idea of a design that can start at say 30K and then grow incrementally but don't know anything about stadium architecture whether it would be practical. When do we help the Eels develop their 'active' support to build up their crowds again? Which pollies would spend the money for a team that averages only 11K per home game. Do we need to start attending Eels game to boost their numbers, especially during our off season Apologies to NRL supporters of other clubs ... The NRL isn't going away just yet ... I think Union will tail off even further as the game becomes too complex for the average viewer and they are so dull to watch. The recent National Rugby Championship games at Parr had 1,500 spectators, so obviously not going to help our cause. And I really don't want them anywhere near our playing surface as their scrums can quickly chew up a wet ground. I would hope that our management can talk to Parra Stadium and tell them to play their rugby games down at that nice stadium called Concord Oval which is only a few minutes down the road
  14. Yes ... I was really worried about the loss of momentum. Back in 1997 Australia was on such a high being 2-0 up and threatening more goals. 3-0 would have made it tough for Iran to come back but they did 20 minutes after the stoppage and scored. But that is history ... and the worst sporting night in my life. I would really like to hear from popa and Topor what they thought about the streaker. We talk about breaking up their attacking momentum but how about our defence? They were in the zone after repelling everything at Al Hilal could throw at them and so close to the final whistle. And then we have a big stoppage caused by some bafoon looking for 5 minutes of glory.
  15. rcfinc

    Football In The Media S3

    Watching the Channel 9 Sydney news and waiting to see the sports coverage of the game last night. Of course they promo'ed with some of the uglier scenes. They also ran a story on the garbage collections issues and showed some full garbage bins. The first bin in the shot had a WSW sticker on it. Anyone else see it