1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Manly eyes season kick-off in China

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, May 23, 2013.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

    15,995
    1,849
    Ratings:
    +2,115 / 14
    Manly eyes season kick-off in China
    BY:BRENT READ From: The Australian May 23, 2013
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/nrl/manly-eyes-season-kick-off-in-china/story-fnca0von-1226648723886

    Brett Stewart and David Williams in jerseys designed to promote a diabetes awareness campaign Picture: Gregg Porteous
    THE chances of Manly and Canberra opening next year's premiership with a game in China could be determined within weeks after it emerged the NRL had hired an independent consultant to investigate whether it was a worthwhile exercise.

    Sea Eagles chief executive David Perry confirmed the club was waiting for the NRL's answer as it looks to move a game to the city of Shenzhen, about an hour north of Hong Kong.

    The game has been on the agenda for more than a year but requires the financial support of the NRL before it can go ahead.

    The consultant is Peter Phillips, who was involved in the Beijing Olympics. Phillips, who is based in Canberra and specialises in the development of business between Australia and China, is expected to attend Saturday night's game between Manly and Canberra at Brookvale Oval, where Sea Eagles players will wear a specially designed jersey to raise awareness of diabetes.

    "We're still looking at all the opportunities for us to play Canberra next year in Shenzhen a week before the official NRL kick-off," Perry said.

    "It would be an NRL game. We're working with the NRL at the moment and a consultant is putting together a brief on the game and investment into China and opportunities it may create.

    "The NRL is reviewing at the current moment and they will need to make a decision with the clubs by July."

    While the game would be a home clash for Manly, Shenzhen is an attractive option because it has a 60,000-seat stadium and is the base for Huawei, Canberra's major sponsor.

    Raiders chief executive Don Furner travelled to China last year with representatives from Manly with a view to moving a game to Shenzhen this season, plans that were subsequently delayed.

    If the game gets the go-ahead, it promises to be a hectic start to the 2014 season for all concerned. The NRL is believed to be in the final stages of rubber-stamping the pre-season nines tournament, played in Auckland. The Manly-Canberra match would then be played in China a week later -- a week before the season starts for the other 14 clubs.

    While Sea Eagles officials were optimistic about the game getting the green light, they were also on the front foot yesterday over the NRL's decision to make mid-season rule changes to time wasting. The NRL competition committee this week announced plans to introduce stricter time limits for scrums and drop-outs. Manly coach Geoff Toovey was scathing in his assessment of the changes.

    Toovey questioned the impact on player welfare.

    "I think it's ridiculous and, again, why are they changing the rules halfway through a competition?" Toovey said.

    "Why can't we sit down and do this all in an orderly fashion at the end of the year? I don't know, it's got me puzzled.

    "Do we need to speed the game up any more? Did anyone see the game on the weekend (between Manly and Melbourne)?

    "That's all we need, to speed it up more. Look, there's plenty of other things that can be changed I'm sure but let's sit down and do it in an orderly fashion, not a knee-jerk reaction to something."
     
  2. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

    16,338
    5,347
    Brisbane
    Ratings:
    +12,744 / 258
    And in the words today of the great BE

    Yes I am on this like "Gravy on Chips"
     
  3. globaleagle

    globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    11,784
    4,708
    Ratings:
    +7,795 / 58
    Take your own oxygen tanks.
     
  4. Brookie4eva

    Brookie4eva Well-Known Member

    1,020
    133
    Ratings:
    +175 / 1
    Only if you like sitting well back from the game ....

    [​IMG]
     
  5. globaleagle

    globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    11,784
    4,708
    Ratings:
    +7,795 / 58
    With the running track around the field it reminds me of the ol QE2 stadium the broncs used to play out of.
     
  6. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    8,367
    5,100
    Ratings:
    +8,999 / 102
    Are you China be funny? :p
     
  7. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

    7,291
    2,227
    Mona Vale
    Ratings:
    +4,840 / 103
    I guess Darren will be wanting us to get the blueprints for this stadium to replicate at Brookie.
     
  8. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

    16,338
    5,347
    Brisbane
    Ratings:
    +12,744 / 258
    I imagine the viewing (and conditions) won't be perfect BUT it will sure be unique!!

    As will the following,

    Australia-Manchester (late February)

    World Club Challenge V ?????

    Manchester-Hong Kong (just in time for round 1)

    Over and back to China for the game

    Hong Kong-Australia (mid week but just in time for Round 2 whereever that might be)

    NOW

    Who would be up for that???
    [hr]
    By the way IF that eventuated we would have the following on offer.

    WCC only package
    China only package
    Combination package

    BOY I would be busy wouldn't I????
     
  9. Bearfax

    Bearfax Well-Known Member

    2,177
    756
    Ratings:
    +2,660 / 75
    Great concept and great way to introduce the game in China. The more countries that play the sport, the healthier the sport will become. I say go for it.
     
  10. Moondog

    Moondog Grey-beard loon Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    5,002
    1,992
    Hervey Bay
    Ratings:
    +3,534 / 32
    Hope it does'nt clash with the ping-pong.
     
  11. Bearfax

    Bearfax Well-Known Member

    2,177
    756
    Ratings:
    +2,660 / 75
    At least aerial ping pong didnt get their boot in there first.
     
  12. winnyason

    winnyason Well-Known Member

    1,040
    265
    Ratings:
    +508 / 37
    Money grab nothin to do with development of sport.
     
  13. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

    16,338
    5,347
    Brisbane
    Ratings:
    +12,744 / 258
    Sure is winnyason.....BUT neccesary....that is if you want to keep watching games at Brookvale....which I assume you do??
     
  14. CAMBO

    CAMBO New Member

    806
    360
    Ratings:
    +363 / 0
    Mark surely there will be a Bangkok/ Phuket option there. Kiwi eagle has already been Facebook messaging me about a possible Pre season trip to Thailand, dunno why :)
     
  15. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

    16,338
    5,347
    Brisbane
    Ratings:
    +12,744 / 258
    Whatever floats your boat Cam!!

    yeah into Bangkok, side trip to Phuket, side trip to Shenzen why not!!
     
  16. WAMF

    WAMF Well-Known Member

    3,201
    389
    Perth
    Ratings:
    +408 / 0
    Ping pong balls float!
    Thailand either on the way to Shenzen or on the way home sounds the go.
    Imagine the memories/stories!
     
  17. Darren

    Darren Well-Known Member

    3,531
    386
    Ratings:
    +507 / 20
    Ladybois for the KE it seems? Whatever rocks your boat.
     
  18. winnyason

    winnyason Well-Known Member

    1,040
    265
    Ratings:
    +508 / 37
    Why not South Africa or Jacksonville where there is some interest
     
  19. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

    16,338
    5,347
    Brisbane
    Ratings:
    +12,744 / 258
    Jacksonville....WTF??
     
  20. winnyason

    winnyason Well-Known Member

    1,040
    265
    Ratings:
    +508 / 37
    Let see mark have average crowds of 3000 in us comp Souths v Leeds had 14 k few years back any more help need a map
     

Share This Page