Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Bad Luck Sydney Whingers

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Bad Luck Sydney Whingers

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SOME sections of the Sydney media have vented their dissatisfaction, even disgust, that tonight's knockout final is being played in Canberra.

By beating second-placed Penrith last week, the Raiders (who finished eighth) won the right to host a home game in the second week of the finals. But the frustration emanating from Sydney is with the fact the Tigers, who finished third and were beaten last week, now have to travel "out of town", to the national capital.

All I can say is bad luck. The Tigers knew exactly what their predicament would be if beaten in the first week. Last year minor premier St George had to travel to Brisbane after losing in week one. The same fate confronted Melbourne in 2008.

That is Co fortunately or unfortunately, depending on opinions Co how the McIntyre finals system works. Many believe the process is unfair on the top four teams, but until the system is changed the structure will remain.

Travelling to Canberra to play Co or Brisbane, or Auckland for that matter Co is just another reminder to Sydneysiders that this is a national competition, and that six of the NRL teams are based outside New South Wales. The competition might have started in Sydney 102 years ago, but Sydney is no longer the "home" of the game.

And with Suncorp Stadium hosting next Friday night's preliminary final involving the Titans, this is further confirmation that David Gallop and his cohorts are at long last recognising that fact.

Too good to be true

LAST week fans of our great game were cock-a-hoop that a couple of the game's bad eggs, most notably Todd Carney, had pulled themselves out of the mire. It was some of the most positive PR rugby league had received in ages.

Then, on the weekend, we were treated to one of the all-time classic matches, a couple of upsets and a truly entertaining round of finals. Even the most pessimistic of fans were feeling upbeat about the weeks ahead.

But it was too good to be true. Events of the past few days Co most notably the supposed drunken antics of Johnathan Thurston, possibly the greatest player and drawcard in our game today Co have brought everything crashing down around us. …

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