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Give us a break! Storm slam draw

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    Disappointment turned to determination at Melbourne Storm headquarters on Friday as club officials turned their noses up at a stinker of a draw and vowed to work their way through it.

    Concerns over four five-day breaks, all including travel, sparked early morning fury among football department staff, particularly with the scheduling of Storm's Round 2 and 3 clashes.

    Just two weeks after returning from the bitter cold in the UK where Melbourne will represent the NRL in the World Club Challenge against Leeds, Storm plays the Cowboys in tropical North Queensland.

    Compounding their concerns over preparing for the extreme changes in weather conditions, Storm then has to front up five days later for a Thursday night grand final replay against Canterbury at AAMI Park.

    "It's a very difficult and challenging draw and we're not happy about it," Storm football operations manager Frank Ponissi said.

    "We're certainly not pleased with the five-day turnarounds, and in particular Rounds 2 and 3.

    "But we're not going to spend the whole summer complaining about it. Our goal now is being smart about how to handle it and manage the players properly."

    Player welfare rather than commercial value was also at the heart of Storm chief executive Ron Gauci's reaction to the draw.

    He said it was incumbent on the Rugby League Players' Association to put playing conditions ahead of salary cap increases as it thrashed out the next collective bargaining agreement.

    "If there is ever going to be a time to make a statement on playing conditions it's now while they are in negotiations and with demands on them higher than ever," Gauci said. "Other codes have addressed player welfare. The focus shouldn't be on just money."

    Storm officials contacted RLPA boss David Garnsey to air their concerns about the uneven number of five-day breaks next season.

    Melbourne has four, double the NRL average. The Warriors and Penrith have none.

    "We understand that with Thursday and Monday night games we will get five-day turnarounds. We expect it and put up with it," Ponissi said. "The issue is that the amount of five-day turnarounds is not level. From a player welfare point of view it should be capped.

    "Planning is going to be critical now, including our trip to the UK and coping with those first couple of weeks. We'll put our heads down straight away to work out how to overcome that challenge."

    Storm was also treated poorly with just two Friday night games in the the opening 20 rounds. The Broncos have eight in the first 11 rounds. The full fixture for the final six rounds will be determined by Round 16.

  2. Jonesyv2

    Jonesyv2 Active Member

    +59 /0
    The draw sucks, everyone knows it the NRL need to grow a pair and stand up to 9.

    I will look at it on the bright side @least we are not canberra
  3. Clint

    Clint . Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,172 /34
    I can understand that. I'd be pretty pissed with that too. It seems as though there are few teams that will be happy with the draw, probably with the exception of the Bronco's and Scumdogs.
  4. globaleagle

    globaleagle Je saisis mon chapeau. Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +13,313 /117
    Broncos are complaining about the amount of friday night games they have gotten.

    So Broncos, Storm, Manly, Canberra all aren't happy with the draw.

    Probably a few others as well to be added.
  5. Blake

    Blake Active Member

    +102 /1
    So the storm are complaining that they have to play the WCC, then Townsville, then back home?

    Did they see our start to last season?
  6. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

    +7,204 /105
    Two years in a row the premiers have killer starts to the season. Coincidence?
  7. Lord Eagleton

    Lord Eagleton Well-Known Member

    +1,482 /36
    Absolutely no coincidence. The NRL doing their bit to disadvantage the reigning premiers for their title defence the following season. Its the NRL playing god and tripping up the best team from the previous year, where they see fit
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    • The Who

      The Who Well-Known Member Premium Member

      +7,247 /173
      That's what happens when you sell-out to media networks.
      Fairness falls victim to ratings.
      This Commission has been a disaster, so far. They don't have the interests of fans at heart, they ban the shoulder charge then appoint some wanker who doesn't care/know about RL.
      Until we get true RL fans onto positions of power at the ARL we'll become collatoral damage.
    • castle eagle

      castle eagle Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +1,032 /9
      i think it's the first time i've agreed with storm officials on any subject
    • mozgrame

      mozgrame Well-Known Member

      +5,118 /51
      Broncos chief executive Paul White said the club is thrilled with the draw for next season. They have 8 Friday night games in the first 11 rounds.
    • The Who

      The Who Well-Known Member Premium Member

      +7,247 /173
      Secretly he'd be fuming about the three games they are playing on other days of the week.
    • globaleagle

      globaleagle Je saisis mon chapeau. Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +13,313 /117
      Fair enough.

      That's the article I was referring to.

    • Jatz Crackers

      Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

      +1,474 /8
      It used to be common opinion that the Storm were shown favouritism because of who they were owned by.

      If that is no longer the case I cant say im unhappy about that.
    • mickqld

      mickqld Sack Greenslime 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +5,249 /109
      It's just rediculous. Most clubs want Sat night or Sunday arvo home games to attract fans. More fans to games means more memberships and more merchandise selling. The NRL still dont get it. They want to push memberships and then shaft everyone with ****ty time slots. Who the hell can take a family with kids to a Thursday 805pm, Fri 735pm or Monday night games. It's too late for kids and too difficult to get there anyway. They may have got the big dollars from Nein but its the gameday supporters who are getting shafted. I dont blame the Storm for whinging it's a ****ty deal same as us last year and they get 1 Fri night game in 20 rounds for the premiers for godsake.
    • Mark from Brisbane

      Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

      +19,621 /383
      Lets face it that prick David Gyngel warned us, we bought the game we'll do as we see fit!
    • Jono

      Jono Well-Known Member

      +176 /5
      Except what Mr Gyngell doesn't realise is he shot Channel Nein in the foot by giving away the first and last rights on the next negotiations. Next time they give NRL full reign over the schedule and pay for the game, or they lose it, and Channel Nein will have to go into receivership.

      He doesn't know it yet but the NRL owns Nine for 30 weeks of the year. Without it, their winter schedule would be worth nothing in advertising dollars. Gyngell should stop trying to be like Kerry Packer because if he continues, the game is going to Channel 10 or 7 in 5 years.
    • joeboy

      joeboy Well-Known Member

      +617 /29
      Five years is too long to wait to get a draw and exposure that works for all teams. 5 more years of night grand finals, Thursday night football and the broncos and dogs on tv every week. Plus the insufferable commentary team and the utter contempt nine has for the game.
    • Rex

      Rex Well-Known Member

      +2,376 /60
      Without a level playing field, the competition loses credibility. The draw is clearly still not a level playing field - retaining some of the fundamental flaws introduced by News Ltd. The power imbalance that the Broncos have, in particular, needs to be dismantled.

      Don't lose sight of the fact that News Ltd are the key villains here. The commission has moved forward, especially in getting rid of the first and last rights deal that News Ltd imposed on the game, strangling its ability to reasonably negotiate. And they need to move significantly further forward.
    • Supernintendo Chalmers

      Supernintendo Chalmers Well-Known Member

      +843 /9
      in five years time the whole free to air tv model will be completely different. iptv will be all the rage, then NRL will have their own channel with games being pumped out live / on demand to all formats on some kind of single channel subscription model, this will be the last tv deal of it's kind which id say is why the NRL have gotten down on their knees to milk all the funds they can while they still can. i think next time around it'll be up to the NRL themselves to bring in the $$ via the digital realm because these current networks just wont have the cash they have had in the past. in five years time it will be completely unacceptable to not have access to all games, live and in hd on whatever device you may have wherever you may be. heck it's unacceptable now.
    • Jatz Crackers

      Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

      +1,474 /8
      ^ Yep.

      Totally different landscape in 5 years.

      If you dont believe in the scenario Super Chalmer delivers then watch the transformation in personnel with strategic digital influence position themselves in the near future.

      The ARLC are well aware.

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