Steve Williams (59)
Craig Leseberg said: "Penrith are a proud club with a rich history and strong community focus.
"The Emus have great support from Penrith City Council and local businesses and healthy playing numbers across their senior rugby program.
Questionable? You're too kind - this is laughable!Firstly, I'm looking at the logistics of a bus trip for 4 teams every 2 weeks and scratching my head.
I am very keen to see the Emus do well and we need the presence of rugby in Western Sydney, but to make this statement:
Penrith and Two Blues have some of the strongest junior rep sides - from much smaller bases than other districts in Sydney - but most of their talent goes to league or gets pillaged by other clubs in Sydney.
Penrith were down to 1 Grade and 1 Colts last year. They haven't fielded a women's side in years (Shemus were 2014??). Short of bringing Penrith RSL Rugby Union into the fold, I'm not sure what happens here.
2. There is no pathway or pipeline to be readmitted to top tier rugby through Subbies. Also, with Subbies being amateur, the payments would not be allowed.Questionable? You're too kind - this is laughable!
Two things baffle me with Penrith Rugby:
1) Who says Penrith (or any suburb/region for that matter) has an inherent right to have a SS club? This line of thinking keeps getting trotted out but I'm yet to hear anyone say why its a necessity to have SS club there? To have a Rugby presence? Nope - plenty of subbies clubs in western sydney. To provide a pathway for emerging players? No way - who wants to get flogged each week. For junior development? Not required - Penrith juniors have always been strong any many if not most of them get picked up by financially viable SS clubs. What's the problem with that? Rugby Australia/NSW cops a bollocking from all and sundry about not financially supporting the club. Why should they (over and above any other support they offer any other SS club)? What's stopping one of the numerous and vocal critics of NSW/Rugby Australia management from sinking their own money into the place like other sponsors do at other clubs? For all the shellacking of "the system" that goes on I guarantee none of those people would part with their hard-earned to support them.
2) Why OH WHY dont Penrith return to subbies and start to offer a positive Rugby experience to their community? They would be no doubt competitive, would not need to travel 6-8 hours every second week, could service their local community by offering a product that doesnt involve getting belted each week. They would grow numbers and community.
Let their better players be picked up by those who want to pay for their services and let the Penrith Rugby community grow around fun, community based Rugby
Yes agreed to that. But why is being readmitted to top tier Rugby important? Nobody goes to Penrith with the hope that they will then be selected to play for the Tahs do they? It's not a pipeline or pathway now - how does playing subbies affect that. And are match payments the only driver for participation in Penrith? If so, doesn't it make more sense to go to a club that can afford them?2. There is no pathway or pipeline to be readmitted to top tier rugby through Subbies. Also, with Subbies being amateur, the payments would not be allowed.