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O.P. « 2008-Dec-01, 10:39 AM »
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« 2008-Dec-01, 10:45 AM Reply #1 »
One thing that could have huge ramifications is that some people are saying that CH 9 is in trouble and could even be bankrupt by June 2009.
  If in the remote case that this did happen, where would this leave RL?

Would make the Super League war seem like a picnic in the park.


Speaking of the war, I see that John Ribot hasn't given up being on the ARL board.  lol, wouldn't you like to sit in on the first meeting if this happened?

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Parramatta Eels fans launch call for change
By James Phelps and Josh Massoud | November 30, 2008 12:00am

 Eels fans send a message to Denis Fitzgerald.  The Daily Telegraph
LESS than 12 hours after the self-described "doyen of CEOs'' Denis Fitzgerald celebrated 30 years of power at Parramatta, a mob of Eels fans yesterday gathered at Parramatta Leagues Club calling for his sacking.
On Friday night, Fitzgerald delivered one of the most stinging speeches of his career, attacking everyone from News Limited to John Ribot and Super League.

But yesterday it was Eels fans taking aim at Fitzgerald, demanding "The Emperor'' step down as the Parramatta Football Club election campaign continued.

"We had to let Fitzgerald know that we don't want him here,'' said Matt Walker, who organised for about 50 supporters to turn up at Parramatta Leagues Club.

"We want change. We want some soul back in the club.''

Walker and his fellow protesters are backing a rebel ticket, headed by club greats Eric Grothe and Ray Price, who will contest for the Parramatta Football Club board on December 14.

The war took another twist last night with sources close to the conflict claiming the Fitzgerald-backed ticket was culling members suspected of being aligned with the rebel faction.

The Sunday Telegraph obtained leaked legal documents (see right) calling on the club to reinstate the voting rights of two former club members.

In the letters addressed to "the chief executive'' of the Parramatta Football Club, two club sponsors claim their voting rights and club memberships were taken away without notice.

"In 2007, when our client (Robert Mario Libertini) did not sponsor the club because he was in between businesses, he was assured that he would retain all of his benefits by Mr Steven Edge,'' the letter said.

"At no stage was our client advised that he was not a member of the club until recently.''

A source close to the rebels argued: "Why would you turn members away unless they were going to vote against you? And these are club sponsors. We need people putting money into the club given the current climate.''

There are 40 new applications for football club membership expected to be lodged on Monday as discontent with the current regime grows."It is disappointing as a fan not to see our club legends involved with the club,'' said West Pennant Hills resident Karl Esber.

"They are talking about how the club lost $4million and we need to get a winning culture back. We need our legends back to create a winning culture and get the fans and money back.''

Eels chairman Alan Overton was left to front fans yesterday.

"We asked him to take control of the club,'' Joseph Saad said.

"We don't want Fitzgerald in charge. End of story. We don't want an emperor, we need a leader.''
Overton last night dismissed claims former players were not welcome at the club.

"I spoke to the fans yesterday and told them those former players were welcome in my box anytime,'' Overton said.

"A lot of people don't understand how the club operates. They were quite happy when I gave explanations. An election is coming up and a lot of people are confused. The whole thing is just an anti-Denis Fitzgerald thing and I think that is sad.''


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« 2008-Dec-01, 04:15 PM Reply #3 »
  Darren England / The Daily Telegraph

BENJI Marshall has told his World Cup-winning New Zealand team-mates that 2009 is likely to be his final season with the Wests Tigers.
Marshall's manager has refused to deny the Tigers ace is on the move - and possibly to rugby union.

Concerned Wests Tigers club officials have requested a meeting with both parties over the next 10 days to determine Marshall's intentions.

"The Tigers have indicated they want to sit down and talk with him about his contract beyond 2009,'' Marshall's agent Martin Tauber said.

"I told them I wouldn't do anything until the end of the World Cup and as soon as that's over we'll sit down and listen.''

It is understood Marshall confided in his New Zealand team-mates during the month-long World Cup tournament about the prospect of leaving the Wests Tigers.

The departure of his closest teammates from the 2005 premiership-winning squad has left Marshall contemplating his own future at the club.

"He just thinks it's not what it used to be like when he first started with the club,'' a source close to Marshall said.

"The coach (Tim Sheens) is also off contract at the end of next year and Tim has always been a big influence on him.''

Only six other players remain from the 2005 squad - Robbie Farah, Dene Halatau, Liam Fulton, Chris Heighington, Bryce Gibbs and Todd Payten.

Farah is also off contract at the end of next season.

With a premiership ring and World Cup trophy to his name, Marshall, at 23, has already achieved the game's highest accolades, increasing the prospect of him leaving the NRL.

Tauber said he had received interest from English Super League bosses during the recent World Cup.

"I've had no other interest from another NRL club, Tauber said.

"But obviously with all the guys here for the World Cup, there was Super League wanting to know when he was off contract. One thing Benji has always said is that he would never go to another NRL club.

"So the only other option is to go overseas, possibly for rugby, or Super League in the UK.''

Tigers chief executive Scott Longmuir said the club was determined to keep Marshall and Farah.

"That would be the plan, if we could,'' Longmuir said.

"But until we have a meeting with Benji, that's all I can tell you.

"In the end, it's his decision as to where the future is going to lay, but he's always said that he loves playing under Tim.

"I think that's a big influence.''

Marshall was spotted at the club for the first time last Friday since steering New Zealand to World Cup success.

"He was back for a meeting with Tim. He's keen as mustard and really enthusiastic,'' Longmuir said.

"There's some really good signs there for Benji and the club.''


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« 2008-Dec-07, 03:34 PM Reply #4 »
Plenty of RL news around at the moment.
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/sport/nrl/

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« 2008-Dec-07, 03:56 PM Reply #5 »
If Marshall goes I won't be crying.

Always will be a favourite of mine thanks to his part in 2005 but he has been poor for 2 1/2 years and is eating up to much of the cap.

Now if Farah goes............ :mad:

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« 2008-Dec-08, 08:52 AM Reply #6 »
Arakaan, You do know that the Titans are pretty confident of getting Farrah for 2010 don't you?

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« 2008-Dec-08, 05:01 PM Reply #7 »
What did Ricky Stuart say at the World Cup to warrant hin quiting as Australian coach, I know it had something to do with attacking the ref ?

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« 2008-Dec-09, 09:31 AM Reply #8 »
He abused everyone in earshot after the game, but then also called the ref 'a $##$@#$% cheat' the morning after when they were checking out of the hotel.

He has it in his mind that it was a big conspiracy to give NZ the win and can't accept that Australia just didn't play good enough and panicked when put under a bit of pressure.

Considering the amount of problems there has been at the junior level with parents abusing Ref's etc. and the effort that has been put into stamping that out, he should have been booted immediately instead of the ARL throwing their support behind him... the fact that he waited until the last minute to even apologise for his actions and then only reluctantly dropping out once he was fined just makes the whole situation even worse.

Ref's are always going to be critisied, but the way Stuart carried on here was a disgrace... I thought the Ref did a pretty good job actually, certainly nothing to suggest the result was rigged, Stuart should have been looking at his own players, and maybe even himself instead of taking cheap shots at others.

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« 2008-Dec-09, 09:37 AM Reply #9 »
What Ricky said was nothing to what happens every week in junior footy, but he still should have went before this.

Rugby League has enough problems with it's image without the national coach carrying on like this.

Looking back on my days with junior football I can laugh about it now, but gee when we had to fight our way off the field to protect a referee , it wasn't to funny then

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« 2008-Dec-09, 09:42 AM Reply #10 »
Thanks BT, My 20yro refs RL and has done so since he was 14.  He's only ever had one blow up few years ago now, that being a loud mouth parent luckily the incident was nipped in the bud by the team's coach.  The parent was barred from all future games for the season.

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« 2008-Dec-09, 09:46 AM Reply #11 »
- Abused Geoff Carr (NRL official - that the result had been fixed via the ref and video official rulings) on the field prior to the presentations
- Abused Colin Love in the dressing rooms following the presentation
Both the above in full sight of all players and team assistants (quality leadership!!)
- Australian team then didn't front the official post game dinner
- Sunday morning on seeing the Ref in the foyer of their hotel abused him, calling him a F'n cheat, when an English ref official stepped in to calm him down he was shoulder charged out of the way, Stuart's wife had to then step in and drag him away
- Abused various jurnos at two papers in the week following who dared run any stories critical of his behaviour
- Had to be lent on 6 days following the events to issue any apology
- Spent the last 7 days working as many connections as possible to mount support and media articles to the same effect to see him retain his job
- dragged his manager into the meetings yesterday to try and sway additional arguement that he could still be retained
- is yet to speak publicily to any press conference, as he'll only be further shown up, yet sends his manager out to do pr tv and News Ltd interviews last night

To this day still can't accept that he was in the wrong and shouldn't be the Australian coach.

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« 2008-Dec-09, 06:15 PM Reply #12 »
Gday fellow forumites. I just signed up! Cant wait for season 09. Go Eagles!   :biggrin:

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« 2008-Dec-09, 06:17 PM Reply #13 »
Gday fellow forumites. I just signed up! Cant wait for season 09. Go Eagles!   :biggrin:

Who are they  :bleh:

Bring on the Titans   :noteworthy:

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« 2008-Dec-09, 06:28 PM Reply #14 »
How did they go last year Loveabet?  I have a shocking memory and believe what is past is past.  :biggrin:

Gee Magic, I have new found admiration for you now that I know you are Titans fan.
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« 2008-Dec-11, 04:03 PM Reply #15 »
I reckon this will have a pretty significant influence on play, and the style of play in the new season. Wit one ref stationed at the ruck this should influence a cleaner, quicker tackle and ruck. Will be interesting to watch this unfold.



Two Refs confirmed for 09

Two referees will control every NRL match in 2009.

The NRL board on Thursday confirmed the biggest on-field change to the way the game is controlled in its 100-year history.

The two-referee model will apply to the top-flight NRL competition only, with one official patrolling the play-the-ball area and the other positioned on the 10-metre defensive line.

The main referee will be the 10-metre official, who will use the whistle to order stoppages or penalties.

The second referee will communicate directly to the referee who has the whistle.

The referees will alternate roles during a match.

"This is a major step and another demonstration of the priority that is placed in officiating our game," NRL chief executive David Gallop said in a statement on Thursday.

"Today's decision is a fundamental change to the refereeing model and one that reflects the pace and demands of today's game.

"Not for a second do I think this will stop people arguing about on-field decisions but they can't argue about the professionalism or the dedication of those involved in making the decisions."

Among other decisions, the NRL board has also reduced the powers of the video referee, removing their role in adjudicating stripping decisions and restricting their calls on foul play to incidents serious enough for a player to be placed on report.

Another crackdown on grapple tackles, with the use of sin-bin for repeated or serious offences, has also been ordered.

The league will move to "regulate public comment" from players or officials about incidents likely to be reviewed by the judiciary.

And defenders who attempt to stop tries by leading with their feet or legs face being charged with misconduct.

2008 AAP


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« 2008-Dec-11, 04:05 PM Reply #16 »
And we will now have a rule against a "Slater"   emthup

And defenders who attempt to stop tries by leading with their feet or legs face being charged with misconduct.

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« 2008-Dec-11, 04:21 PM Reply #17 »
...We still need something to stop defenders attacking the unprotected back of a stationary player with the ball - that caused more than a few unnecessary injuries this year  :thumbsd:

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« 2008-Dec-14, 08:29 AM Reply #18 »
I was wondering how the Broncos were going to cover Hodge's indescretions.

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/sport/nrl/story/0,26746,24794447-5003409,00.html

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« 2008-Dec-14, 08:36 AM Reply #19 »
Interesting, that article implies he missed his flight because he was hung over from the night before, yet on the radio yesterday they very strongly said that it had nothing to do with alcohol, lol.

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« 2008-Dec-14, 09:51 AM Reply #20 »
Unfortunately he has been off the rails for at least 6 or more months, which the Broncos have been quite concerned about, in particular some of the company he keeps.

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« 2008-Dec-14, 09:57 AM Reply #21 »
Triples,

I move in different circles and never see any Broncos players. But 4 times in the last 6 months I have seen Hodges at Shopping centres and Pubs with B Elissa, Surely you couldnt be referring to little Bobby?

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« 2008-Dec-14, 10:03 AM Reply #22 »
Well I'm sure he is one A, and he's certainly got a colourful history, there's a couple of others who are not so well known but many would suggest have been a very poor influences, there's been numerous occasions of them out of control together. On one occasion they fronted a private corporate river cruise mid yr and were an embarrasment, to say the least. Mind you Hodges has never needed much of a lead to play up.

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« 2008-Dec-14, 07:09 PM Reply #23 »
Well, well, well. The Rebel ticket has won 4 of the 7 seats in todays Parra board election, with the current Chairman of 22 yrs service one of those to lose his seat.
 
Now that's a pretty stunning vote, certainly a pretty clear message that the punters aint happy and that Fitzgerald is on the nose.
 
It's a significant step, but only the first step, as Fitzgerald was clever enough many yrs ago to change the balance of power at the club from the footy club to the leagues club (where the pokies players couldn't really give a stuff about footy affairs), so the rebel ticket will still need to gain control at the leagues club election to have full say (todays vote was amongst a possible 650 members, the leagues club has 40,000 members), but I'd still suggest that Fitzgerald might not sleep that well tonight.
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« 2008-Dec-16, 10:54 AM Reply #24 »
Does anyone know when the Leagues result will be known? I'm a rabid Parramatta supporter but can't be bothered reading all the garbage in the papers, apart from the above result posted by triple 7.

That did make me smile, as I have been of the opinion that change was overdue.

We can't deny that Fitz has served the club well, but he should have left before that serving became self-serving.


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