Surely the next team has to be based in or near Brisbane? NRL has lost the plot if its anywhere else.
I think you're right.Surely the next team has to be based in or near Brisbane? NRL has lost the plot if its anywhere else.
What happens to crowd numbers if the Wellington League team suck? In Auckland when the Warriors suck you'll get about 8,000-10,000 members coming. You could probably halve that for Wellington.I dunno about that, don't forget parts of Wellington are predominatly League territories. Like Wainuiomata, Porirua, Tawa areas.
If we (and I say we because I'm a Southerner living in Porirua) do get a League team I would go and support them. And a lot of others who are big league fans would as well. The Hurricanes aren't getting the fan base because they suck, (I'm a Highlander fan), and the Phoenix, well they're just a different kettle of fish all together. They suck as well.
It depends on how well the Wellington team goes. If they go well the first few years, then expect a big fan base. If not, then expect it like the Warriors.
It can survive.
What are we talking here? One player every 2 years? Last one I remember was Tohu Harris in 2012. Care to name any others???Wellington doesnt have a massive junior base true, but this isnt helped that the top guys are picked up by the Aussie clubs who hold camps here regularly and give these guys contracts.
At least you can re-watch porn.PleasePleasePlease give us a Wellington team!! One game a year from the Warriors just isn't enough. Having a long distance relationship with a club is a bit like watching porn. You can see it all on the screen but it's nowhere near as good as being there
After watching NRL 360 last night I thought the games at the bigger stadiums were a bit more of a success than I originally did.they were talking about this on the replay of NRL 360 i just watched. The first thing that stood out to me was that ANZ stadium actually pays teams to come and play at their venue. Now i assume all teams get a portion of the gate, but ANZ was gauranting $100k for the Rabbits and teams like them. $80K for lesser teams like the Tigers. The second thing was that by putting the game at a good venue, which Wellington has, teams game day turn up numbers have been slowly growing. Small local venues with more 'feeling' don't allow for growth. Dont know how this would work in a place like Well, but it would put paid to the idea of a new stadium in Petone surely
What happens to crowd numbers if the Wellington League team suck? In Auckland when the Warriors suck you'll get about 8,000-10,000 members coming. You could probably halve that for Wellington.
What are we talking here? One player every 2 years? Last one I remember was Tohu Harris in 2012. Care to name any others???
Wespac should have been a rectangle stadium with cricket kept at the Basin, but thats another topic alltogether..
a newspaper article on who the nz bussinessmen in oz are who are behind the 2nd proposal would be interesting reading and get some momentum going for the bid, maybe the 2 bids can meet and join forces?
thats why i want to know who the people behind the bids are and what kind of financial weight are they rolling with? i heard people at work in petone saying petone rec is a certainty i hope thats the case wellington region needs a quality medium sized sports venue there isnt one at present.
Christchurch (canterbury province) in particular and west coast of south island, manawatu and taranaki near wellington all have reasonable juniors and a league history and have players ifrom those areas in the nrl its not just wellington juniors that a side would be built on but rest of the country south of waikato.
here some of the current nrl players that hail from wellington and areas of the country south of waikato no doubt there a few more than that ive missed
mat mcillwick - raiders - chrischurch
matt duffie - storm - christchurch
slade griffen - storm - west coast
simon mannering - warriors - tasman / wellington
ben matulino - warriors - wellington
charlie gubb - warriors - wellington
issac luke - souths - wellington / taranaki
lewis brown -panthers - christchurch
russell packer - um well currently playing for long bay crash xiii anyway from manawatu originally