Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Inconsistencies Land League on Its Head

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Inconsistencies Land League on Its Head

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THE judiciary decision on the Justin Poore tackle has once again shown what inconsistency lies within the system.

It seems that the biggest drawback to rugby league (apart from poor player behaviour) is the constant changing of standards and that starts from the top.

The NRL is full of inconsistencies - the stance on player behaviour, issues, promotion, development, rules, refereeing - you name it, and the cost is disillusionment among fans and supporters of the game.

When you consider just how much the game has changed, its not surprising that the fans are confused.

And they aren't the only ones - it's obvious that the players and refs are also confused in interpreting the rules.

The game has been modified so much to fit into a package designed for TV that it has cost the game much of what it was built upon - the physical contest.

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WHILE I'm in the philosophising mood, I think that all football codes are paying the price of going professional.

We are seeing that going professional has players training all day and then playing at night.

In bygone days it was the other way around - work during the day, training at night and play on the weekend afternoons.

I wonder if the players just have too much time on their hands now, and get into mischief because they don't know what to do with themselves when they aren't training.

One suggestion is that we need to return the games to the afternoon time slot and not at night. Crowd figures might suggest that's what fans want too.

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WITH two rounds to go in the local Northern Rivers competition, it is crunch time for the two Tweed clubs still in contention.

The Tweed Coast Raiders travel to Murwillumbah to do battle in the local derby and although the Mustangs aren't in the hunt, they showed last week against Cudgen that they intend to finish the season strongly.

Cudgen travels to Grafton to play the Ghosts, the team in fifth spot and just one win ahead of the Hornets and Raiders. If Cudgen can down the Ghosts, they stay alive, but a loss means they can start planning their end-of-season trip.

If they do win, the Hornets' last game will be against Mullumbimby and it will be interesting to see if coach "King Con" has any surprises for his former club. …

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