Desmond Connor (43)
Post all your 2019 thoughts and ideas in here guys.
Can someone with a 'Draft Draw" either put it on the Forum or tell us what dates the Byes are on in relation to the Rounds of the Competition. I imagine Easter will be a Bye and the June Long Weekend Saturday and the Saturday after that for the Brumbies Provincial match will also be 2 more byes
Maybe 4 Byes could pass the 'Pub Test' but 5 or 6 Byes will test the players committment and be a possible disaster for the Competition
If you aren't selected for Rep Rugby next season it looks as though you might have plenty of Free time up your sleeve - lets hope those players don't move on because there isn't enough regular games of Rugby for them !
Thank You 'yourmatesam'
I see 6 Byes listed on the Draft Draw
I'll presume then that the 2 City v Country matches will be played on a Sunday to accommodate the Juniors Round of matches at a particular venue
Why can't the players play on the Saturday and back up on the Sunday ? - the fair dinkum players that want to have a crack at Rep footy will back up
What would be a reason for a July 13 Bye for a City v Country match ?? - The Rep season is over and I'm sure most players will want to get more regular Rugby at that time of the Year and play Club Football - if the powers of be decide that it must be played well this match has to be a Sunday - no reason for a General Bye whatsoever
Have the Bill Castle Medal Presentations at a venue in the Town where the first Finals are played in Week 1 - you don't require a Bye for this Presentation Night that's for sure
Obviously a 3 Week Finals series has been proposed and that is fair enough with an 8 Team Competition - although the 5 Team Finals series did throw up some surprises in recent years
I will go on record as saying that Tumut would have made the Grand Final after their Elimination Final win against Albury this year - they lost to Leeton on the bell in the Minor Semi but if they had won that match I reckon they would have been too strong for Ag College at Tumut in the Preliminary Final -IMO
City came from 4th or 5th a few years ago and qualified for a Grand Final which they probably should have won against Waratahs - who were considered one of their best teams ever - although that line has been thrown out everytime Waratahs dominate a Competition
A top 5 provides more interest to the Clubs so I wouldn't dump it completely unless their was a majority of Clubs wanting change to a Top 4 - It also gives another Club a chance to host Finals Football - If its a Top 4 next year and Waratahs dominate again as expected we will see Finals played at Conolly in Weeks 1 & 3 if Waratahs win their Major Semi in Week 1
In Summary - Far too many Byes in the Draft Competition Draw and the Draw therefore needs adjusting
Any updates on Rep numbers at Training yesterday at Conolly.
Rep football is important for the Competition and the Players but 4 Byes for Rep Footy is probably stretching things a bit too far
I realise it’s not your decision mate. As usual you don’t answer anything.
I agree here Reasoning, let the clubs tell the Board what they want, it's their comp after all. I like that there is some positive chat around at this stage of the season, it's good to see.I reckon Whistle Happy is close to the Money with his Views on what appear to be unnecessary Byes during the season
All you do is wait for the Clubs to decide
I'd rather see players make it on merit anyway, if they aren't up to scratch, they generally move on to other things anyway.Too much attention on Rep Footy for my liking - most of our players " End Up" playing lower Grades in Canberra after being promised a 1st Grade spot - they might start in 1st Grade but usually don't last long
If the Clubs place too much emphasis on Rep Rugby the local Comp will suffer
Why is the issue about pathways such a big deal. If the selected rep team went to country week couldn’t the players just enjoy the competition. 99% of siru players just want to play weekly rugby. Who cares about being poached to Canberra rugby.