THE Manly Sea Eagles have signed former Test centre Jamie Lyon to a four year contract.
MEDIA, Influence and Perception: Why Rugby League Is A Target"Anybody who dares suggest that rugby league is not a culture todespise, then they are just as stupid and boorish as the offending players".- Patrick Smith, AFL Journalist, The Australian, 2004Can you smell it?Can you smell that rotten aroma of irony and ignorance?It?s an attitude and culture that infests the Australian media and Rugby League is on the receiving end of it, often unprovoked.The average citizen couldn?t be blamed for perceiving League personalities, in general, as abominable, iniquitous, crass, subhuman delinquents. At the same time, they also couldn?t be blamed for believing that personalities aligned with other sports that compete for the same sponsors, ratings popularity as Rugby League behave in a way akin to an alter boy.When it comes to the media and how their stories are received, it seems perception is everything but not always reality.The overwhelming power of opinions and agendas expressed via the media can also play a role in how a sport deals with an unsavoury scenario and how severe the penalty. As League personalities are scrutinised in relentless fashion, any wrong move, either serious or minor, can bring about harsh consequences. The NRL and its clubs have no choice but to punish offenders in the appriopriate way and utilise a near zero tolerance policy. In contrast, a lack of media scrutiny can bring an entire sporting fraternity into a false sense of invincibility and unaccountability. This is most certainly the case with AFL, undoubtedly League?s strongest competitor in the Australian sporting market. Under the carpet: A typical day at the office for AFL scribesContrary to popular belief, AFL personalities are commiting tastless acts or engaging in illegal behaviour on almost a weekly basis. There have been no less than 300 known incidents occur, or alleged to have occurred, in the last 3 years alone. Why do we never hear about them? Why is public perception of AFL personalities not as negative as their League counterparts?Why is any word on unacceptable acts always hidden away near the classifieds and 1900 advertisements in the newspaper?Because driven by agendas and an underlying fear, the media deliberately divorce themselves from actuality, balance and reason in pursuit of defaming League to a point where perception becomes reality. Yet coincidently, the same scribes and media outlets strive to protect their sport of choice ? in this case, AFL - by palming off any similar or more serious negative news stories as minor incidents.?Rugby League?scandal-prone and idiot-prone. Rugby league basically functioned as a voluntary cultural Gulag?- Mike Sheehan, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2006Several recent cases from both League and AFL that are in the main comparable on most levels illustrate this unbalanced reporting and the influence it can have on punishment.Cronulla Sharks player Tevita Latu received an unobjectionable punishment for assaulting a young woman and breaking her nose earlier this year. Latu?s contract with the Sharks was promptly torn up and he was deregisterd as a player in the NRL. The incident made the headlines and Latu?s reputation remains in tatters.However, in 2004, AFL player Jeff Farmer was charged with assaulting his girlfriend whilst she had an 18-month old infant in her arms. He escaped with $2000 in fines, a rather delicate slap on the wrist and minimum media coverage. He received no punishment from his club or the AFL, and still plays today with his reputation intact. There are countless other incidents where comparisons could be drawn, far too many to list in a single report.So why the lack of balance?Why do many media outlets have an agenda working against League by painting the sport in a bad light?It?s fear.It?s insecurity.It?s paranoia.It?s a the feeling of being threatened.Threatened so much that the media use their power of being able to voice their opinions to the public ad nauseam to break League.Rugby League has proven itself time and again as one of the most resilient fraternities in Australian sport. It is a sport which does not fear evolution and change. It encompasses people from all walks of life. It is a game that acts on issues for the sake of moving forward and prospering.For these reasons, those with insecurities in the media who have their own interests to protect will ensure at all costs that the arefomentioned qualities of Rugby League do not become public perception.
THERE is no other club in the NSWRL VB Premier League and Jim Beam Cup competitions as dependant as the Newtown Jets RLFC is on maintaining a substantial stream of home-games revenue. While our club needs to raise funds from a wide variety of sources to keep the famous old royal blue Newtown colours going around, the flow of revenue from home games is critical to meet the constant outgoings needed to maintain two high-standard, professionally prepared Rugby League football teams. We lost many thousands of dollars because of heavy rain on two recent home-game occasions and the club needs to make up the shortfall from other sources.How does the First Club in Rugby League 100 Club work?Tickets are $100 each. For your investment you will be allocated a number between 1 and 100.On each weekday for two weeks (i.e. from Monday to Friday) the last two digits of the first NSW Lottery drawn on that day will be the winning number for that day.As an example, if the winning lottery ticket was 45762, the winning 100 Club number would be 62.The number drawn for each of the first nine draws will attract a prize of $200. The number drawn in the tenth draw will attract the Super Prize of $1000. When will the draws commence? The first $200 draw is set down for Monday, 31st July 2006 with the Super Prize of $1000 to be drawn on Friday, 11th August 2006. In the unlikely event that a NSW Lottery is not drawn on a particular day, then the first two NSW lotteries drawn on the next day will be used to decide the winning numbers.How do you enter the First Club in Rugby League 100 Club? Call Jenny Grosvenor on 1300 36 36 90 to purchase your ticket or fax Jenny Grosvenor, Newtown RLFC, Holbeach Avenue, Tempe, NSW 2044. Fax number (02) 95593202. Patrons wishing to join up at the match on the 8th July at Henson Park can join at the merchandise stands.You can pay by cash, cheque, money order or credit card. Cheques and money orders should be made out to the Newtown RLFC. Please assist the Newtown Jets RLFC by securing your place in the 100 Club as soon as possible.All 100 Club numbers will be advised to those supporters who have purchased tickets in the week leading up to the opening draw. Why not have two shots at the super prize of $1000 and enter twice?The boys are really putting in for Newtown on the playing field this year and there is a genuine winning feeling within the club. However, we all know that our opponents have the tremendous advantage of massive financial backing from huge Leagues clubs. Some of our richer opponents don?t even bother about collecting home game revenue from their stand-alone Premier League home games! As always, we really rely on your support to remain competitive into the future. Our goal is to see both of our teams being successful at the business end of the season. The ultimate dream is to see the famous royal blue Newtown jersey running out on to Telstra Stadium on Grand Final Day.By supporting fund-raising events like the First Club in Rugby League 100 Club, you can help make those dreams become reality. Thank you for your ongoing support for the Newtown Jets and good luck with your allocated numbers in the First Club in Rugby League 100 Club!
AHH, the video referee. Where would we be without him? Sure, it can be a ?damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don?t? kind of situation every now and then, but it?s hard to argue against the fact that they?ve been a valuable addition to the Rugby League landscape.
A story of one country's lust for recognition
?IT seems such a waste of time,
If that's what it's all about,
If that's movin' up then I'm movin' out.?
WHEN the CFMEU reportedly spent two million dollars for the right to have a multimedia rant about Work Place Relations during the halftime break at the Canberra game last weekend, Rugby League ushered in a new era beyond ?the battlers? versus the ?silver-tails? of politicisation of The People?s Game we accept.
SOUTH Sydney has re-signed injured prop Luke Stuart and halfback Joe Williams for the 2007 NRL season.Stuart played just five games this season before suffering a season-ending knee injury, but club chief executive Shane Richardson believes the 148-game front-rower will excel playing in the Rabbitohs revamped 2007 forward pack set to feature new recruits Roy Asotasi, David Kidwell and Dean Widders.With halfback Ben Walker set to leave Redfern at the end of the season, Souths extended Williams' deal for another season. The Rabbitohs are confident the 22-year-old can become a regular first grader under the tutelage of former halfback and current Parramatta coach Jason Taylor, who is joining the Bunnies as assistant coach next season.Meanwhile, the Brisbane Broncos have re-signed forward trio David Stagg, Ben Hannant and Michael Ennis.Broncos managing director Bruno Cullen says prop Hannant had agreed to terms for a further two seasons, and second rower Stagg for three more years. Hooker Ennis, currently sidelined for the season following a knee reconstruction, has extended his contract until the end of 2007.
FRIDAY, 7th July 2006
HULL FC have announced that Jamie Thackray will sign for Leeds Rhinos from the start of the 2007 season.
SALFORD City Reds new signing, 20-year-old back-row forward David Gower, has met up with his new team-mates after arriving at Manchester Airport on Monday.
WARRINGTON?S injury problems continue with three players sent for X-rays following their stormy engage Super League encounter with Castleford.
IF Parramatta sack Brian Smith, he should immediately commence legal action and ensure he gets every cent that his contract demands.
EACH day most of us go into work to earn a miserable living in a hectic job to pay a mortgage. And then a lot of us sacrifice paying my mortgage off quicker to pay for tickets, merchandise, to support our beloved football club. In my case, the Warriors.
AN increase in the overseas exodus of the country's best up-and-coming rugby league players is stripping the ranks of the game.