With DLS we offered our best junior coach last year whatever equipment they needed, come up to the club rooms to use them if they need it, the chairperson approached the principal, offered to see the BOT, but still no luck - the union network in the background amongst the teachers poured cold water on the idea, without naming those teachers who I haven't met but the boys have told me at the club the same names every time are opposed to the idea;NZRL cannot stop schools wanting to take part in the nationals and there are many wildcards for schools that don't play rugby league or have rugby league comps in their province. Nearly all the schools outside of Auckland in the national competition this year don't played in a school rugby league comp and had wildcards entry as long they have a team.
I've heard all those rumours about the parents many times but none of them are true as I said all those schools you mention and others have been told by the their headmasters/schools to find coaches, insurances and kids willing to participate and go for it. Some parents and rugby league fans often threaten to go to the media or spread rumours when the kids they wanted for their RL team decided pick 1st XV(school) and their RL clubs as their choice of footy ahead of school RL.
There is this rugby league mentality that because someones parents or a few kids at school wants to play rugby league the school has to make sure it provides them that choice even if they don't have the resources or the players. Many sports are in the schools now days all because they work hard and provided coaches and volunteers to help spread the sport. Thank goodness the Warriors have come on board and and show the NZRL & ARL how its done like many school sports now on offer in many schools. Its time RL stop this victim mentality and move on because the sport will speaks for itself.
The Tongan church RL comp is a pub team comp compare to the Tongan union comp in Auckland, North Harbour and Counties Manukau which is funded by the Auckland rugby union and rep teams often take on ITM cup and Heartlands during pre-season games and a NZ Tongan team take on their Australian counterpart.
I'll say this because it came from the NZRL counties GM that they wouldn't let South Auckland have to many schools enter the nationals due to the popularity of the comp over the past few years, they had to let other areas of Auckland have some entries, - NZRL stopped DLS this year because they didn,t field a 1st 13 team in the Warriors cup, one way to get them to come on board with the Warriors cup IMO.
The Warriors have come up with the concept of the Warriors cup but how much money are they putting into it? I know ARL have put in 100k and you see them doing there bit out at the fields, but what does wayne and co do?