this is interesting in regards to local clubs and payment as i understand it the tax law is a sports person may win up to $500 in prize money for sports after that anything over thats got to be declared. You could claim $500 player of the match award prize money, When half a dozen people claiming this award every week from the same team the IRD's going to get suspicious! people getting cash might want to stop talking lose lips sink ships and look into the tax law... its all part of being professional or you might just want to stay amateur local rugby league football clubs... who play for the love of the game and for the occasional player of the day award, movie tickets for kids teams etc, for adult grades bar tab, gym membership, gift vouchers, reimbursement for petrol money etc!
obviously there are several top Auckland clubs who have considerable financial backing way more than the average local league club thanks to sponsors, bar takings and assets.The question i have is are these Auckland clubs with cash able to draw paying crowds of 300 to 2,000 people? and do they have a decent ground with a stand and facilities to charge people entry?
Where i am going with this is try to see what the best model for a semi pro comp in NZ is maybe the wealthiest Auckland club sides should enter teams in NZ semi pro comp against sides based in the larger regional centers representing those regions. An 8 team New Zealand semi pro comp could look something like this -
Waikato Stallions, Wellinginton Orca's, Canterbury Bulls, Central vipers(taranaki/manawatu), Mt Albert Lions, Point Chev Pirates, Howick Hornets, Northcote Tigers.
salary cap of $200,000 per side, which could be covered by they following means possible nrl grant? sponsorship, local and state government funding eg local councils and regional councils, Smokefree, lotto grants, pub charity etc, tv income from maori tv, sky tv, heard theirs a new pay tv operator about to start on the nz market they will be looking for product to broadcast! with the under 20's likely to be gone in 2017 it affects the warriors development as Nsw and Qld teams will go back to those comps we go back to.... only having park footy to offer locally! yes the fox memorial is park footy same as wellington/ canterbury/ waikato comps only difference is theres a 3 or 4 clubs involved in the fox memorial with wealthy sponsors and regular tv coverage on Maori TV.
anyway back to the subject of the thread local league or park footy as they call it in Australia i would still like to see end of season NZ national club knockout championship/ the old tusk cup brought back regardless its a quick end of season comp, would only take couple of weeks to run it as its a knockout comp you lose your out and at the end the winner gets the tittle of king of local league/park footy!!!
it would be good to see Randwick get a chance to claim that title again