Eagles home final in danger Article from: The Daily Telegraph By Dean Ritchie August 01, 2007 MANLY may be cruelly robbed of playing its home semi-final at Brookvale Oval because of a row between the NRL and the local council. The NRL - which governs all finals matches - has threatened to take the match to Telstra Stadium or the SFS unless Warringah Council slashes its ground hire fees, thought to be about $75,000. Manly players, officials and fans were last night distraught that the September match could be shifted from their spiritual home. NRL officials will today hold urgent talks with the council to resolve the drama. "It is out of our hands but the club and fans would be absolutely shattered if forced to move venues,'' Manly CEO Grant Mayer said. "I will fight tooth and nail to keep it at Brookvale. "Hopefully the NRL and the council can find a solution but the NRL also has to make a business decision and sometimes those aren't easy to swallow for fans and sponsors.'' Manly forward Steve Menzies said: "The benefit of finishing in the top four is to get that home ground advantage - it would be very disappointing if we lost it. If it can't be resolved, I'm sure the fans wouldn't be happy.'' Famous Manly fan Thomas Keneally added: "There'd be a riot. It would be treading on the dreams of the faithful.'' The Daily Telegraph understands Warringah Council are seeking 15 per cent of gate receipts, sponsorship, hospitality and merchandising. The NRL will secure about $500,000 for the match, with the council pocketing $75,000. Councils generally take about 10 per cent, but only of gate takings. NRL chief operating officer Graham Annesley said his organisation was monitoring the situation. "Our rules state a team is eligible for a home final in week one but that is firstly subject to approving the venue and secondly whether we can negotiate satisfactory hiring terms,'' he said. A Warringah Council spokewoman said: "If the NRL want to get in touch with us, we'd be more than happy to talk fees and charges with them.''