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Replying To zinny:  "I have seen that operate in 7s and 9s and it works very well. I have refereed some of the games where it has been used and believe me as a ref its a nightmare. As a ref you never want to be the winning or losing of a game off the back of something you missed or though you saw, in a regular game you can always comfort yourself with the fact that the other team nearly always gets another chance - in a golden score game that never happens - it adds a huge amount of pressure!"
I can understand that. I've never been a ref and it's something I never want to be. Very thankless job most of the time.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 840 - 26/05/2020 18:28:10    2279274

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Replying To Breezy:  "There does seem to be a lot more rugby outside of the cities nowadays but I wouldnt know enough about it to tell you if they are new clubs or old ones that are getting taken a bit more serious recently. I do know that the AIL was a big help as it has a merit based promotion system which rugby didnt have before the league"
Saw an article recently highlighting the steep decline of club rugby attendances in New Zealand. They are down to something like 10,000 per game, for the top professional club competition in the world. The technical quality of rugby is better than ever but people just seem to care less.

The reasons proposed
1) Game days have become too expensive.
2) Pay per view TV deals have led fans to choose one over the other (not paying twice for the same game)
3) TV dictates match times which may not suit younger families

4) Lack of attachment to amalgamated 'super teams' in the pro era. Fans are now consumers not supporters, with frivolous entertainment at half time etc. failing to make up for the drift in supporter's sense of identity around a team.
Transfer of players between regions critical here also.

5) Too many meaningless games due to the format. Competitions not being seen as do-or-die anymore
6) Lack of local rivalries in the format a huge factor in this also

7) Falling participation rates in schools
8) Competition from other entertainments

A lot of potential lessons for the GAA there. The core message for me is that a club sport built on grass roots support and communal effort should not try to turn itself into a slick entertainment 'product'.

Eddie the Exile (Monaghan) - Posts: 699 - 26/05/2020 20:39:02    2279282

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Replying To Eddie the Exile:  "Saw an article recently highlighting the steep decline of club rugby attendances in New Zealand. They are down to something like 10,000 per game, for the top professional club competition in the world. The technical quality of rugby is better than ever but people just seem to care less.

The reasons proposed
1) Game days have become too expensive.
2) Pay per view TV deals have led fans to choose one over the other (not paying twice for the same game)
3) TV dictates match times which may not suit younger families

4) Lack of attachment to amalgamated 'super teams' in the pro era. Fans are now consumers not supporters, with frivolous entertainment at half time etc. failing to make up for the drift in supporter's sense of identity around a team.
Transfer of players between regions critical here also.

5) Too many meaningless games due to the format. Competitions not being seen as do-or-die anymore
6) Lack of local rivalries in the format a huge factor in this also

7) Falling participation rates in schools
8) Competition from other entertainments

A lot of potential lessons for the GAA there. The core message for me is that a club sport built on grass roots support and communal effort should not try to turn itself into a slick entertainment 'product'."
Yes a lot of lessons in your post for the GAA. Let's hope they heed it.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 840 - 27/05/2020 02:12:59    2279302

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