Ahead of Friday's #NRL game between Penrith Panthers and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, writer Rob C...
11 hours ago
When the NRL announced that their finals series would include up to 3 weeks of games being played at home venues, I was a little sceptical. Not for the reasons that many people often present: that Sydney is the spiritual and traditional home of finals football and must be kept that way.
I was more concerned about the possibility that moving most of the finals games to other parts of Australia and New Zealand may make the finals feel a little less genuine. Finals football has always been about fans meeting at a neutral venue and playing at home grounds could, in some way, detract from the atmosphere of the games.