The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Des Hasler part ways, effectively immediately.
13 hours ago
Last year Wollongong solicitors McGuire & McInerney generously became sponsor of the Wollongong Sevens at the last minute. McGuire & McInerny's Mark McDonald has sportingly given organisers the go ahead to seek other options for 2004 and may either return as naming rights sponor or aid the (University) club and tournament in another capacity, depending on our ability to attract alternative support.
If another company and McGuire & MacInerney offer the same amount of money, then we will stick with the incumbants due to loyalty. However, if another company were to offer more money, we will accept the bid with McGuire & McInerney blessing. Again thanks to Mark and Teague McDonald, and of course mcGuire & McInerney.
This tournament is an event that gets countless mentions on an array of media outlets and websites. The local media in Wollongong has a great track record in promoting local rugby league. Even the announcement of a new naming rights sponsor will be covered on WIN TV, radio station 198fm (who have their street fleet at the event with live plugs throughout the two days), the Illawarra Mercury and Rugby league review magazine. It will also be plugged on both the World Of Rugby League, Web Of Steel and Leagueunlimited web sites that get thousands of hits a day. Even before a ball is kicked, the dollar value of the advertising we can offer equals the amount contributed.
Then there is of course signage at the ground, which will have around 3000 fans through the gates over the two days, with plugs read over the PA. A great chance to network whilst enjoying a great weekend of sevens footy before enthusiatic crowds who produce a wonderful atmosphere.
Any interested parties can contact Chris Bannerman on [email protected]
A page promoting the tournament has been built at http://www.concreteboots.com/sevens.htm