General Returning to Mt Smart

Like everyone else I'll rag on them after a loss as the most important thing is the result on any given weekend.

But we can't under estimate what these guys have gone through the last 2.5 seasons.

That idiot Rothfield has brought up a few times how the NRL has helped the club with facilities in Australia and help organise accommodation. It's still not their own homes and beds, or their own facilities or playing in front of their home fans and their home ground. They also were not able to walk down the road to see their friends or family as they have been stuck in another country.

This article on Egan is a good example. Played 50 games for us without representing the club at Mt Smart. Moved to NZ for the 2020 season and left for round 1 with minimal gear as it was supposed to be for one game. He's been in Australia since then. Had to get cancel his lease for his apartment and get a club official to pack his gear from his flat and put into storage. This is an Australian recruit who would be comfortable in Australia but all his belongings are in a storage unit in Auckland.

There are likely other stories where the club employees back in New Zealand have had to sort things out for players/management/staff stuck in Australia.

Completely agree. The team, especially since the majority are new to the club since we have been away, have had no connection to a home base. Not having a reserve grade team has also been completely overlooked by the morons on 360. We can’t send players back to reserves and tell the coaches what to do with them. In many cases we have been lucky if Redcliffe even give them a run.
 
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I better say this now before my opinion is changed based on his performance tomorrow.

I have never, ever seen a bloke so obviously stoked to be home as Shaun Johnson was at the run this morning. From the minute he walked out of the sheds, looked like he was on cloud 9 and that he couldn't believe this day has finally come. Was great to see.
I've been thinking this days back, Shaun Johnson to kill it today. I'll be putting money down on him as a try scorer.
 
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Nothing wrong with the stadium, as far as provincial stadiums go its one of the better ones, well known to have one of the best playing surfaces in the country.

No doubting covid hit this tourist town hard tho....also would help if all you fuckers would stop sending your bloody homeless here.

Great fucking news for Rotovegas in my books, ill be there with bells on.
Would give me a good reason to visit with extended family. All my kids and brothers kids love visiting that town despite their age differences.
 

Can anyone with access post up this article please?
We asked every NRL team whether they would bring a home game to New Zealand in 2023. Here's what they replied.

The Warriors remain hopeful of extra matches in New Zealand in 2023, though the next few weeks will be key in converting discussions to deals.

After their enforced absence since August 2019, there has been a concerted push to bring additional NRL content to this country next year, to both regenerate the sport here and also as a gesture after the Warriors' 56 consecutive games in Australia.

There is no chance of an entire season here but a realistic target could be between three and five extra matches.

That best-case scenario could see two thirds of the campaign on home soil (16/25). Aside from the potential performance ramifications, it would be a massive boost in many other areas.

"We are working through what we can do with the clubs and with the NRL," Warriors chief executive Cameron George told the Weekend Herald. "They are starting to look at the draw process and clubs will be able to look at where they are playing. We are trying to get as much content as possible."

George said rival clubs have been supportive - "If we have got ideas, they are bloody keen to look at them."

The Weekend Herald canvassed all 16 clubs, asking if they would be willing to bring a home game against the Warriors to New Zealand.

Six teams (Rabbitohs, Sharks, Storm, Tigers, Dragons and Titans) were open to the idea.

The Eels, Roosters, Cowboys and Redcliffe Dolphins ruled out the possibility – mainly due to existing contractual obligations – while the Broncos, Knights and Sea Eagles preferred not to comment.

The Bulldogs, Raiders and Panthers did not reply.

However, despite any good intentions, the main aspect of the equation will be economic, as it will cost around $300,000 per match to cover the visiting clubs' costs and share of revenue they would otherwise have earned at home.

"It all comes down to money," admitted George.

The Warriors will need to find sponsors or other stakeholders (like local governments or stadiums) to underwrite games, or hope the NRL can contribute.

The 2023 Fifa Women's World Cup presents an opportunity, with Stadium Australia, Leichhardt Oval, Sydney Football Stadium, Suncorp Stadium and AAMI Park (Melbourne) all blocked out for periods of between six and nine weeks, leaving six NRL teams without a home ground.

"They are looking for solutions in terms of stadiums and we are trying to provide those," said George.

However it isn't completely straightforward, as Eden Park, Waikato Stadium, Wellington Stadium and the Dunedin indoor arena will also be unavailable during that time, cutting down local options.

But George remains optimistic and believes it is imperative that the NRL takes a proactive approach to increase the offering in the local market next year.

"Yes the Warriors will benefit from it," said George. "But it is actually a bigger question for the game about relaunching the sport back in New Zealand. Until [last weekend], we hadn't played here since August 2019. They can't just come back here, switch the light on and expect 'Rugby league, we are back'. That is the bigger question; what is going to be done for the game here next year?"

NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo was supportive but reluctant to go into specifics.

"We are always thinking about ways we can facilitate clubs potentially relocating matches to New Zealand, working with the different councils, working with the Warriors, working with the clubs on facilitating that," Abdo told the Weekend Herald.

"It's difficult, because there are a few constraints but hopefully next year we can see not just Warriors' home games but potentially other clubs playing home games in New Zealand."
 

playdaball

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Also a bit of a concern that interest has dropped off this quickly to need to discount tickets

There was a big difference in the atmosphere between the two games. There was a lot of excitement at the Tigers game whilst the Storm game was pretty much like it used to be when they were on a losing streak.
This is not helped by the fact that the Warriors are not running too well and near the bottom of the table. They need to win next year otherwise you'll see some low mid season winetr cr5owds next year and beyond.
 
There was a big difference in the atmosphere between the two games. There was a lot of excitement at the Tigers game whilst the Storm game was pretty much like it used to be when they were on a losing streak.
This is not helped by the fact that the Warriors are not running too well and near the bottom of the table. They need to win next year otherwise you'll see some low mid season winetr cr5owds next year and beyond.
Agreed - there was plenty of fire and passion at the start, particularly when NAS did his grubbery, but it faded away pretty quickly. The try on the first set of the second half was really the nail in the coffin that brought about the "here we go again" vibe.

Warriors will need to come out hot against the Dogs to get the crowd involved from the get go. If we don't score for 20-30 minutes again I could see it getting pretty dire.
 

Akkerz

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Was speaking to my old man last week & he reckons the team are not going to be based in NZ next season. It will be fly in fly out as it is now.
He's not the most reliable source of info these days but has anyone else heard this. Pre season starts Nov & that's not too far off to get the sqaud resettled imo.
Not intending to cause WW3 but these are strange times & strange things are happening so -just asking like
 
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Was speaking to my old man last week & he reckons the team are not going to be based in NZ next season. It will be fly in fly out as it is now.
He's not the most reliable source of info these days but has anyone else heard this. Pre season starts Nov & that's not too far off to get the sqaud resettled imo.
Not intending to cause WW3 but these are strange times & strange things are happening so -just asking like
I've seen someone recommend this a while back and honestly it would probably solve a lot of problems.
 

bruce

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There was a big difference in the atmosphere between the two games. There was a lot of excitement at the Tigers game whilst the Storm game was pretty much like it used to be when they were on a losing streak.
This is not helped by the fact that the Warriors are not running too well and near the bottom of the table. They need to win next year otherwise you'll see some low mid season winetr cr5owds next year and beyond.
Also it was a very cold, Friday night. Many of those who had tickets and were from out of town would have skipped it. Lots of empty seats in Bay 39. Wankers were tuning up to move in and told to piss off by the regulars.
 
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