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Josho Howe

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Guaranteed if we were a rugby league team, the Council would bend over backwards and do whatever the club asked them to do.

They've been holding onto this Bears pipedream for years and just won't let it go. Their only proper tennant gets treated like second class citizens coz of the sport they play. It's plain to see.
 

turbo

Well-Known Member
it's simple ! turn up at couch and gosford girls offices .with 50 members .

we have media savy people .
with ccm 6000 members , how to vote's .
and this will get sorted in one day
IMO that call to action should be after a decision is announced (I’m assuming it will be soon) should it go the wrong way. Much easier to gather a decent number with something concrete to protest.
 

FromMossanoToAvoca

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The council needs to pull their grubby finger out, long before the Women’s World Cup. If Gosford is a chance at hosting games, thus increasing tourism, then surely the council would be serious on accomodating football (including CCM), which would create more jobs. Makes sense to me.

You can’t have an empty stadium just sitting there gathering dust.
 

AndrewP

Member
The council needs to pull their grubby finger out, long before the Women’s World Cup. If Gosford is a chance at hosting games, thus increasing tourism, then surely the council would be serious on accomodating football (including CCM), which would create more jobs. Makes sense to me.

You can’t have an empty stadium just sitting there gathering dust.
Pretty sure all the venues have already been announced, still doesn’t change the situation.

The whole situation feels like a big game of bluff to me, seeing who will blink first. The Mariners taking their first home game away from the stadium could force the council into action.
 

turbo

Well-Known Member
Pretty sure all the venues have already been announced, still doesn’t change the situation.

The whole situation feels like a big game of bluff to me, seeing who will blink first. The Mariners taking their first home game away from the stadium could force the council into action.
Game day venues yes, training bases is what they’d be looking at getting someone in for afaik
 

scottmac

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So North Sydney are launching a bid to become the NRL's 18th team and in a big f**k you to Central Coast Council, they will not have a home ground (except for 4-6 games at North Sydney Oval) but play all their home games in regional centres.

Bahahaha 🤣🤣🤣

NRL expansion news: Bears reveal revolutionary proposal to bounce back into the NRL​

The Bears have formally commenced their bid to become the NRL’s 18th franchise — and their unorthodox proposal contains a major twist.

Dean Ritchie

4 min read
October 27, 2021 - 4:00PM
News Corp Australia Sports https://www.couriermail.com.au/spor.../eeb87feba190fca87d37f77e5cb77dea#share-tools
The Bears have formally started their bid to become the NRL’s 18th franchise with a revolutionary proposal to play the majority of their home games in regional cities and interstate.
It would mean the Big Black Bears are back on the road again.
“We want to take rugby league to the people — this is about doing rugby league differently. This hasn’t been done before,” Bears chairman Daniel Dickson said. “I think this would be the best rugby league story in 20 years. We’re ready."
The club’s unorthodox submission would include:
* Playing four to six games a season at North Sydney Oval before taking the remaining home matches on the road to regional centres, including Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Tamworth, Coffs Harbour and Central Coast, along with major cities Perth, Adelaide and Darwin;
Bears chairman Daniel Dickson has a bold proposal for the club to become the NRL’s 18th franchise.

Bears chairman Daniel Dickson has a bold proposal for the club to become the NRL’s 18th franchise.
* Removing a geographic link of North Sydney or Central Coast, with the club to be known only as the Bears;
* Having a consortium of private owners run the club;
* Retaining its 113-year history and traditional black and red colours;


* Building a Centre of Excellence in the North Sydney LGA with the club having already submitted an application for State Government assistance;
* An upgrade of North Sydney Oval, which already has the backing of North Sydney Council.
* Offering two to four scholarships a year to country rugby league prospects.
With the Dolphins having secured rugby league’s 17th franchise, the race has kickstarted to become the 18th team.
The new Bears logo, which will have no geographical ties with North Sydney or central Coast.

The new Bears logo, which will have no geographical ties with North Sydney or central Coast.
To establish a line to the top, and reveal his club’s plans, Dickson met ARLC chairman Peter V’landys and NRL CEO Andrew Abdo about four months ago.
“The Bears have always been the team of the people so we should take it to the people,” Dickson said.
“So when we say taking it to the people, we’re suggesting just calling us the Bears and playing four to six matches at North Sydney Oval and then taking it to regions such as – but not confined to – Wagga, Dubbo, Tamworth, Coffs Harbour and Central Coast.
“We would be open to a game in Perth, Adelaide or Darwin. We would connect with those communities and allow them some ownership and be part of the following of the Bears.
“People are moving to regional areas now because of Covid and the demographics of those rural areas – and Sydney — are changing rapidly and we want them to have a team to follow rather than one they satellite-follow. We want them to feel part of the NRL.

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“We are also mindful that some clubs have relationships with certain regions. I don’t believe the NRL will sit on 17 teams forever. I know putting another team in Sydney would put pressure on the current clubs so that has been part of our thought process.
“Many people say the Bears are their second favourite side. We are Queensland’s second favourite side. There are still people engaged with the Bears even though we have been in tier-two for 22 years.
“You talk about history, heritage and heart, I don’t think you will come across a national brand like the Bears that has anything deeper than that. Having a national brand so rich in history, it’s an easy win. Our merchandise this year was up 400 per cent on 2019.”
The Bears have been playing in the second-tier NSW Cup for the past 22 years.

The Bears have been playing in the second-tier NSW Cup for the past 22 years.
Dickson said an AC Nielsen study completed in 2019 stated Norths had 220,000 supporters. A 1908 foundation club, Norths survived in the top flight until the end of 1999 when the club merged with rivals Manly, which failed dismally.
“The biggest thing for us is we are the lowest risk to the NRL for a readmission,” Dickson said. “Teams such as Perth or New Zealand, they’ve got to start from scratch. I say that we should start with these 220,000 avid rugby league Bears fans.
“Even our tier-two following, in round one this year against the Jets, we had a 350-metre line outside Bear Park. This isn’t about agitating. This is about working with the game.”
Dickson was also quick to indicate Norths had the financial clout to be granted readmission through private ownership. Norths Leagues Club would also be heavy financial supporters as would multiple corporations.
“The thing I want to tell you is, we would be a commercially viable team,” he said.
The Bears played their last season in the top grade in 1999.

The Bears played their last season in the top grade in 1999.
“While we would engage in regional and rural heartland, we know that has to be underpinned by a strong commercial viability. We wouldn’t be putting ourselves forward if we were going to be a burden on rugby league and we will prove that to the NRL.
“We have the support, finance and structure. We are suggesting a more diverse ownership structure, not just one upfront person with a deep wallet. It would be a consortium.
“We are putting in a submission for a State Government grant for a Centre of Excellence in North Sydney. It hasn’t been approved but is a process that is under way. Norths Leagues wouldn’t be owners but long-term partners.”
Asked about the standard of North Sydney Oval, Dickson said: “The council is excited and pumped. They recently did a heritage upgrade to the ground and there are other commercial works involved like new bucket seats, corporate areas. They are all on the list.”
Norths will field a full complement of women’s sides next season with Dickson saying: “All we are missing is an NRL side.”
 

scottmac

Well-Known Member
Err...no home ground but still some games on the coast.
If the "home ground" is NSO then it'll be one game. Nothing new. Just like the Roosters or Rabbits. It's a massive f**k you to council and a shot in the arm for receiving management rights to the stadium. Not like they'll ever get in anyway.
 

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