General Warriors Travel Thread

Do the Warriors have an unfair travel schedule?

  • Absolutely!

  • Yeah but they play in an Aussie comp

  • Its fair

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Worried2Death

1st Grade Fringe
Mar 6, 2016
3,655
Sydney teams have to bus to each other's away games, what's the big difference between sitting on a plane for a couple of hours or a bus?
Answer: the plane is higher.
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Does a player with a net worth est at $400m playing for a $1b+ club with a squad half the size of an NRL team fly cattle class?- unlikely...

Can a club with a couple of $1m players and some on less than $100k playing for a club worth approx $15m that just makes a profit in a comp where most don’t afford to substantially increase their travel costs?

I rest my case
Most of those teams have private planes at their disposal. They can afford it. Not sure any NRL club is even close to that level...
 
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BiggerD

1st Grade Fringe
May 15, 2012
1,325
Sydney
Warriors need to take better advantage of their home games.
The Raiders are known for turning the heaters up full in the opposition dressing room. So when the visiting team run onto a cold Canberra field in evening games, they just about freeze.

Therefore I think the Warriors should do something similar.

Mnt Wellington and friends , should suggest a working bee at Mount Smart stadium & paint the visiting dressing room PINK
The colour Pink is known to make people placid.

So then visiting teams will feel weak and meek when they run out & the Warriors will put 10 plus points on them early

Some college football teams in the USA have painted their visitors changing rooms Pink, and it does work.

https://www.afinelung.com/?p=6820

After visiting some grounds around Europe I have seen how the design of the away team dressing room is used to try and gain a psychological edge.

Some of the most extreme designs are found in College American Football. The most controversial is Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium where everything in the visitor’s locker room is painted pink. The walls are pink. The floors are pink. The toilets are pink. It’s pink everywhere.

The pink locker room was the brainchild of Coach Hayden Fry, a psychology major at Baylor University, who claims he read that the colour pink can have a calming effect on people and painting the locker room pink would calm the opponent’s teams.

Fry talks about the weaknesses he can see in opposition sometimes as a result “When I talk to an opposing coach before a game and he mentions the pink walls, I know I’ve got him. I can’t recall a coach who has stirred up a fuss about the colour and then beat us.”

Other colours that could have a negative effect on the away team are Yellow, too much of it, or the wrong tone in relation to the other tones in a colour scheme, can cause self-esteem to plummet, giving rise to fear and anxiety. Or how about Black? It stimulates feelings of oppression, coldness, menace, heaviness, not what you want before walking out to play. Finally we could go with Purple, which creates instability and uneasiness, as some countries relate this colour to death.

The home dressing room should of course be Red, which is stimulating, and excites the brain. Red is related with alertness, vitality and excitement and (hopefully in a controlled way) with aggression and violence.
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
distance-travelled_20181112.jpg

NRL NEWS
Travel load 'only' 56,700km for club next year
Chris Kennedy NRL.com Reporter
Tue 13 Nov 2018, 08:01 AM

South Sydney are the big winners when it comes to clubs reducing their travel burden next season while the Warriors and Melbourne won't be racking up quite so many frequent flyer points in 2019.

An analysis of the 2019 Telstra Premiership draw reveals a shifting workload in terms of travel and short turnarounds, with the Warriors, Storm and Rabbitohs earning a lighter load compared to last season.

The travel-heavy Warriors save roughly 3000km compared to 2018, largely by virtue of dodging a trip to Perth, although with almost 60,000km banked last season the drop to 56,700 isn't huge as a proportion of their total.

They do also benefit from a drop in five-day turnarounds from two to one.

The club with the third-highest travel load, Melbourne, see a more significant drop from more than 35,000km to around 28,000. They also drop a five-day turnaround, with three last season and two in 2019. Like the Warriors, avoiding a Perth trip is a big factor in their reduced travel.

Arguably the biggest winners are the Rabbitohs. Their sizeable 2018 travel schedule was largely due to taking home games to Perth and Cairns; in 2019 their travel drops from almost 22,000 to 13,000 and their five-day breaks drop from two to zero, with just one overseas game (away to the Warriors) and five more interstate.

The smallest travel load belongs to premiers Sydney Roosters, who travel just 7800km all season despite taking a home game to Adelaide and another to Brisbane for Magic Round. They have no overseas trips and following the round-15 trip to Adelaide they leave Sydney just twice – for Gosford and Canberra.

Wests Tigers (9500km) and the Dragons (10,600km) have the next smallest travel loads and also don't travel to New Zealand.

The team with the second-biggest load, North Queensland, accrues slightly more distance in 2019, up 1300km to 41,200km. The Raiders jump from the seventh-biggest load in 2018 to fourth-biggest in 2019, upping their distance from 16,700km to 22,100km.

They have away games in Auckland, Townsville, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and are the away team for Parramatta's Darwin trip.

Remarkably, Newcastle, despite being in a geographically similar situation to Canberra a few hours drive from Sydney, have the fourth smallest load.

The Broncos and Titans are fifth and sixth respectively with about 20,000km each. The remaining Sydney teams all sit between Cronulla's 13,300km and Manly's 17,300

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2018/11/13/travel-load-only-56700km-for-club-next-year/
 

ttkk19

1st Grade Fringe
Sep 21, 2013
745
Just another thing that puts our club that one step behind the others. Is it really any surprise that the Roosters are always so competitive given their proximity to other clubs?

If the NRL sent more non-Warriors games to NZ it would even out the travel load and build interest in the sport. NZ produces so much NRL talent but get very little in return.

The fact that they constantly want to send the Warriors to Perth (a place which develops hardly any talent) rather than other teams to NZ (which develops roughly 40% of NRL players) just shows how selfish they are and that we're their whipping boys.

edit: I think the 40% of players stat was about players of polynesian background, not those from NZ, also it's probably increased since then
 
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snake77

Warriors 1st Grader
Jul 12, 2013
10,093
Auckland
The Roosters travel or lack of it this year compared to the Warriors was known before the season kicked off. Still when you see it laid out and now that we know that they eventually won the competition. You do wonder how much things would be different if there was a way to even things out a bit more. The only way for that to happen would be for more games in NZ.

That ain't happening and we will always be up there. Still it is crazy seeing such discrepancies. The Roosters also get by quite well for 2019 as well so a good start for their attempt to go back to back.

A pity we didn't have these graphs a few years back when we had a few clubs bring games over to NZ.
 

JaggedJ

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 19, 2018
3,131
How the fuck do the Roosters actually drop travel? That's what happens when your club has hands down the broadcasters pants.
 
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Diesel

1st Grade Fringe
Nov 7, 2014
1,857
Brisbane
Pretty sure the Roosters were the least travelled side last year too. That’s 3 years in a row, don’t tell me they don’t get favours
 
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ttkk19

1st Grade Fringe
Sep 21, 2013
745
Being the 'best and most consistent' teams in the comp, you'd thing the nrl would send the Roosters, Broncos, Storm and Sharks over to Perth to grow the game. Yet they don't. Last year they sent the Warriors, Rabbitohs, Bulldogs and Storm because they knew those teams had the biggest Nz fan bases and that kiwi crowds are the only ones they'll get. The warriors have compared the crowd attendances between our games and others in Perth a few times and showed that we usually get way more people.

The RLPA, NZRL and Warriors board need to pull their fingers out and get our team a fair go.

This crap wouldn't fly in any other comp.
 
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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Pretty sure the Roosters were the least travelled side last year too. That’s 3 years in a row, don’t tell me they don’t get favours
Roosters are based Sydney and train by the SCG which is only a few hundred metres from Allianz and 20kms from ANZ Stadium where a lot of Sydney based teams play their home games. The reason they don't send the Roosters to Perth is they have no support out there. Shit its hard enough getting them to go to Allianz and thats right on their doorstep! The NRL aren't going to showcase the game to an empty stadium...
 
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ttkk19

1st Grade Fringe
Sep 21, 2013
745
Pretty sure the Breakers travel further each season. Part and parcel of being a foreign country in another countries national comp...

The difference there is that the other teams in the comp are all in different states around Australia so they all travel fairly far anyways. Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Cairns etc. The breakers might travel farther but it wouldn't be so far relative to all the other teams like the Warriors.
 

Gizzyfan

Warriors 1st Grader
Jan 2, 2013
5,570
The travel was known from game one. The thing is how they mitigate the effects.

I can understand the Perth thing from both sides. How about if the Warriors go to Perth before a bye week.
 

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