Interesting. It really puts into perspective how silly Gould and some other analysts are when they complain about how hard it is for Sydney sides vs the out of town teams.
I had a post on this in our forum and the 8 times we leave QLD is the same as the worst case for a Sydney team having to leave Sydney.
I think Manly leave Sydney like 5 times this year.
The most a Sydney team has to leave Sydney in a year is 8 times if they jag all the external teams as away (4x Qld teams, NZ, Melb, Canberra... excl. Newcastle, because it's a bus trip) and then have Magic Round as a home game.
So it might be special for us, but that's a worst case scenario for a Sydney team
They get to most games via bus and can recruit a lot of players without them having to move house or uplift their kids to a different school.
We often discuss it on our forum due to the amount of travel we do. Like when it was pointed out how many kms we were due to travel one year compared to the Roosters.
A good point on how the draw affects the Syndey sides.
It is a bit of a sore point for us more so this year as they were away for 2 1/2 seasons and there was some talk of more games back in NZ. Instead it's been back to normal.