Born and bred an Eagle
- Jul 24, 2011
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Correct.Most of the people I know on the Gold Coast support other teams. I think a reason they don't have rusted on fans is a large proportion of the population comes from other places.
The difference is though that with the start up clubs in non-traditional Aussie rules area's, the AFL is fully committed to making teams like the Suns and GWS a success. The Adelaide and Perth clubs are fine, they are in Aussie rules areas. The Swans and Lions are already established. But the AFL will make sure the two newest clubs survive in the long term.The Suns AFL are the same, it's just the demographics of SE Qld
I just don't get how the Gold Coast are such an abject failure as an NRL area. How many goes have they had at it - 3 or 4 incarnations now ?? and it's still a basket case. They get a brand new state of the art stadium gifted to them, they have been bailed out and propped up by the NRL - what is the fascination with having a team based there ?? Maybe someone from up that way can offer an opinion but I struggle to see why they can't be competitive as seemingly they have so much going for them. 2 finals appearances in 12 years with the current set up, can't remember much more success from the Giants or Chargers apart from a 7"s win from memory.
To not have Palm Beach and Keebra in their system is a massive issue.Another one bites the dust.
Two of the finest rugby league schools on the coast with
Keebra Park and PBC and they are feeder systems for the West Tigers and Broncos predominantly.
I asked the former U/20s Titans coach a cpl years ago why this was, and he said the Titans management
don’t invest enough time or money into either school. They rely on the kids wanting to stay and play locally with their mates.
That has to change for starters. They have a good assistant in there in Craig Hodges. Ex-schoolteacher from the coast, and was the Broncos U/20s coach for a number of successful years. Give him an open cheque book and backing to entice and develop the young guns. Then sign a hardline coach with runs on the board in first grade (Tooves....who did apply for the job initially). And whatever you do, don’t take advice from M. Johns when it comes to coaching selections (which the Titans did with Brennan.)