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T_R wrote: May 13, 2018, 7:06 am
Dr Zaius wrote:My perception of Brumbies games from the golden era, is that a large chunk of the crowd weren't there because of the game, in fact they had little interest. They were there to be seen and to socialise. The novelty of that seems to have dropped off and so have the crowds.
That was certainlymthe case at Reds games. People would literally not look up at the game.

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I went to a Brumbies match once and after about 15 minutes someone commented "oh the Brumbies are running that way"

There's definitely a significant #CorporateWankery in relation to going to Union games.
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-TW- wrote: May 12, 2018, 9:06 pm 5283 is the crowd
That is a genuine disgrace.

My impression has always been that for some people, as soon as the Brumbies dropped the "ACT" from their name they ceased to be truly "our" team. Whereas the Raiders have a spark about them that only ever needs a little fanning from a string of good results to flare up into a blaze of glory. I mean, look at last year. We still averaged over 10,000 even though we were playing like garbage and the only dip was that Cowboys game which I mean, it was like -6 at kickoff, that's fair.

It wasn't even that cold last night.

I hope we more than double that crowd today. I always get a smug satisfaction out of seeing Raiders crowds obliterate Brumbies crowds. those snobby union pricks think they're too good for Canberra? Well Canberra will just love someone else.
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Even Raiders finishing 6th and qualifying for a home final has the whole city engaged.

Brumbies had a home final last year and nobody remotely cared. From memory they didn't even crack 9000 to the game.

Dropping the ACT name definitely at started the decline.

There's no identity. Can't see I've noticed that much advertising or marketing either.
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BTW I remember some home games in 2005 when we probably only had 5000 (vs Brisbane ib terrible weather)

That was Probably the core base back then that would attend no matter what. I'd say that core base has doubled since then while the Brumbies had probably halved.
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Schifty wrote:
T_R wrote: May 13, 2018, 7:06 am
Dr Zaius wrote:My perception of Brumbies games from the golden era, is that a large chunk of the crowd weren't there because of the game, in fact they had little interest. They were there to be seen and to socialise. The novelty of that seems to have dropped off and so have the crowds.
That was certainlymthe case at Reds games. People would literally not look up at the game.

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I went to a Brumbies match once and after about 15 minutes someone commented "oh the Brumbies are running that way"

There's definitely a significant #CorporateWankery in relation to going to Union games.
I went to a game and went to the pub afterwards. Princess asked me if I saw Grogan's try. When I asked her who Grogan was she seemed genuinely confused.
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Geoff Grogan was a gun. All the way back to the Canberra Kookaburras days.
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Schifty wrote:BTW I remember some home games in 2005 when we probably only had 5000 (vs Brisbane ib terrible weather)

That was Probably the core base back then that would attend no matter what. I'd say that core base has doubled since then while the Brumbies had probably halved.
I remember that game, only time I can remember the playing surface being water logged at Canberra Stadium
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game vs tigpies we got pumped by 40 in front of 7000 which were largely tiger's fans

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Thanks, I'd forgotten that.

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The game where Dugan and McCrone were our halves.

There was a Saturday game vs the Eels a fews year ago that was beyond shocking, think it was 2013?
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We also had one in 2008 (I think?) against Penrith when it had been snowing early in the day and was sleeting by kick off. There was maybe 700 people there (I was one of those idiots) and they threw the stands open because they didn't want to be responsible for hypothermia. As I recall, we put 70+ points on that day. I felt really bad for the Penrith fans that had made the effort to come down having to sit through that.

Mostly I remember that at hte start of the game, Penrith ran onto the field, then they announced the Raiders, who...didn't appear. Tonguey held our guys in the tunnel for an extra couple of minutes while Penrith were getting drenched in the freezing rain.
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Caught the last 3 minutes of Australia vs Argentina.

Wallabies down 23-19 in last minute Folau has an unmarked player a few metres out but goes himself and loses it forward.

So glorious :lol:
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Someone was going on about the poor crowd on the Gold Coast. Didn’t even know the game was on. What idiots at the ARU play a union match like this against the NRL finals?
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greeneyed wrote:Someone was going on about the poor crowd on the Gold Coast. Didn’t even know the game was on. What idiots at the ARU play a union match like this against the NRL finals?
You would have watched it if the nrl wasn't on?

Izzy absolutely butchered that
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Dr Zaius wrote: September 15, 2018, 10:02 pm
greeneyed wrote:Someone was going on about the poor crowd on the Gold Coast. Didn’t even know the game was on. What idiots at the ARU play a union match like this against the NRL finals?
You would have watched it if the nrl wasn't on?

Izzy absolutely butchered that
Only if someone paid me $50 million. I'd do it then.
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TO be fair no QLD team was ever going to make it to week two of the finals so it made sense to play it there.

Canberra would have gotten a bigger crowd though.
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The wallabies absolutely stink ATM, doesn't matter where they play noone is going
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https://twitter.com/BlockaDutton/status ... 9250396160

Gets even worse.

Bloke looks a bit like Nickman to tbh.
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Schifty wrote:https://twitter.com/BlockaDutton/status ... 9250396160

Gets even worse.

Bloke looks a bit like Nickman to tbh.
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greeneyed wrote:
Dr Zaius wrote: September 15, 2018, 10:02 pm
greeneyed wrote:Someone was going on about the poor crowd on the Gold Coast. Didn’t even know the game was on. What idiots at the ARU play a union match like this against the NRL finals?
You would have watched it if the nrl wasn't on?

Izzy absolutely butchered that
Only if someone paid me $50 million. I'd do it then.
What about $4999999?
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reptar wrote: September 16, 2018, 9:25 am
greeneyed wrote:
Dr Zaius wrote: September 15, 2018, 10:02 pm
greeneyed wrote:Someone was going on about the poor crowd on the Gold Coast. Didn’t even know the game was on. What idiots at the ARU play a union match like this against the NRL finals?
You would have watched it if the nrl wasn't on?

Izzy absolutely butchered that
Only if someone paid me $50 million. I'd do it then.
What about $4999999?
Nope $50 million.
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Dr Zaius wrote:
Schifty wrote:https://twitter.com/BlockaDutton/status ... 9250396160

Gets even worse.

Bloke looks a bit like Nickman to tbh.
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Ban him GE!
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greeneyed wrote:
reptar wrote: September 16, 2018, 9:25 am
greeneyed wrote:
Dr Zaius wrote: September 15, 2018, 10:02 pm
greeneyed wrote:Someone was going on about the poor crowd on the Gold Coast. Didn’t even know the game was on. What idiots at the ARU play a union match like this against the NRL finals?
You would have watched it if the nrl wasn't on?

Izzy absolutely butchered that
Only if someone paid me $50 million. I'd do it then.
What about $4999999?
Nope $50 million.
$5000001?
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reptar wrote:
greeneyed wrote:
reptar wrote: September 16, 2018, 9:25 am
greeneyed wrote:
Dr Zaius wrote: September 15, 2018, 10:02 pm You would have watched it if the nrl wasn't on?

Izzy absolutely butchered that
Only if someone paid me $50 million. I'd do it then.
What about $4999999?
Nope $50 million.
$5000001?
I’d take that.


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While we all talk about how poorly the NRL is run I think Union deserve a special shoutout for cutting the sunwolves who are in a market of over 120 million and based in a country that is going to host the World Cup in six months...
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Sayonara to the Sunwolves? Australian teams fearing Super backlash: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/sport/ ... 515s5.html

The article doesn't even come close to touching on the real issues with rugby in Australia.

The junior pathways suck. They've restricted to mainly private schools and even then a lot of the best juniors switch to league. There is no decent pathway through the junior to senior levels.

No FTA coverage.

Rules. The game is pretty confusing and boring to the casual fan and even other fans that actually understand the game. They experimented with some different Rules (years ago now) to speed up the game, clear up the ruck and allow for more open play and the Northern hemisphere knocked it back. That decision by the Northern hemisphere has helped kill the game here.

They will be back to a 10 team comp (with only QLD, NSW +1) in another 5 years time. Unless they completely change the competition format.

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Rugby union player Israel Folau unleashes more 'hell' on gay people in controversial social media posts

Israel Folou has again used Instagram to proclaim that gay people will go to hell, and appeared to criticise Tasmanian legislation making gender optional on birth certificates.

“The devil has blinded so many people in this world, REPENT and turn away from your evil ways. Turn to Jesus Christ who will set you free,” he wrote on Wednesday night.

A short time later on Instagram he listed “homosexuals” as one of eight groups of people for whom “Hell awaits”, following it a Bible extract and the commentary: “Those that are living in Sin will end up in hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your son and come to him.”

Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-unio ... 51czx.html
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Wonder if the ARU will finally have the balls to act on this grub, he’s had enough warnings.
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Manbush wrote:Wonder if the ARU will finally have the balls to act on this grub, he’s had enough warnings.
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He's like a teenager pushing the boundaries. Is he looking for an 'out' to his contract?

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He's just a pain in the ass

He does this at least once a year, I dunno why people are surprised
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It just really **** me that people think they can use religion to just be absolute **** *****. What makes them think they have that right?
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