This ANZAC Day we're honoured to share this 2015 piece by Andrew Ferguson.
Honouring Stan Carpenter...
19 hours ago
On another weekend in which off field behaviour issues made the headlines, it is good to be able to write about what is a genuinely good news story for rugby league.
And it is made even better by the fact it is a bad news story for the AFL!
The AFL has generally avoided putting a match involving the Brisbane Lions up against the Brisbane Broncos on a Friday night resulting in both games being shown on free to air television. And after last Friday night I doubt if they will do it ever again!
The Broncos v Penrith Panthers match was hardly the best draw available, yet in Brisbane it still drew a very impressive audience of 329,000. The delayed match, The Gold Coast Titans v Canberra Raiders game was watched by a very respectable 174,000 viewers.
And how did the Brisbane Lions v Collingwood match fare on Channel Seven? Well it drew a miserable audience of just 85,000!
This result, an outstanding victory for the NRL, builds on the outstanding ratings NRL on Fox has been delivering - trouncing the AFL