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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 11:11 am    Post subject: Sea Eagles Joint Venture with Blacktown Workers Reply with quote

Sea Eagles Shed Silvertails Tag In Venture With Blacktown Workers
Sydney Morning Herald
July 5 2016
Adrian Proszenko

Blacktown Workers have become the feeder club for Manly in a landmark agreement that will result in the Silvertails playing games at, and taking players from, traditional Fibro territory.

The Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles from next season will be the home for dropped and aspiring Manly players in the Intrust Super Premiership. Those Sea Eagles players not part of coach Trent Barrett's top 17 will call H.E. Laybutt Fields home in a joint-venture agreement that already allows players to flow to and from the top team to the feeder from June 30.
As of next year, the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles will make the step up from being Penrith's third-string feeder club to Manly's official reserves team as part of a new-look NSWRL-run competition. The arrangement will give Manly a footprint in a region that has traditionally been "Fibros" territory and provide a new pool of playing talent to nurture and choose from.

The Manly and Western Suburbs rivalry was at its fiercest in the 1970s and was immortalised in Ray Martin's famous 60 Minutes report in 1979. The face-slapping dressing-room scenes involving the likes of Tommy Raudonikis, Ray Brown and Les Boyd were images that became symbols of class warfare, a divide forged by then coach Roy Masters. Now the Sea Eagles are again snaring the best players from the west, although the context is altogether different.

Current Blacktown Workers coach Pat Weisner will remain coach of a side that will wear new jerseys incorporating the traditional maroon-and-white of the Sea Eagles, while also acknowledging the sponsors and history of Blacktown.

The deal is the result of months of secret negotiations and will allow the clubs to save costs, share resources and allow Barrett to focus solely on the task of preparing his first-grade side. However, there is unlikely to be an official announcement any time soon due to NSWRL protocols.

Plans are well advanced for a multimillion-dollar redevelopment of Blacktown Workers Sports Club that will include the establishment of an aged-care facility and a sporting centre of excellence that will be available for Sea Eagles reserve graders. The club will also provide a home away from home for Manly, who could use the venue to host post-game functions when they are playing matches in Sydney's western suburbs.
The Blacktown-Manly partnership is similar to the feeder arrangements between South Sydney and the North Sydney Bears, Parramatta and Wentworthville Magpies and Cronulla and the Newtown Jets.

Manly had previously used the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles as their feeder club, flying up prospective players to the Queensland Cup competition. Star halfback Daly Cherry-Evans came through that system before making his NRL debut in 2011. There had been negotiations to make Mounties their feeder club some years ago, but they have subsequently formed a relationship with Canberra.

The Sea Eagles avoided equalling their worst losing streak with a commanding win over St George Illawarra at Brookvale Oval on Monday night. Blacktown Workers are currently last in the Sydney Shield competition and 11th of the 13 teams in the Ron Massey Cup.

The introduction of Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles isn't likely to be the only new addition to the Intrust Super Premiership from next season. NSWRL officials are exploring the feasibility of adding Fiji to the 2017 competition. League powerbrokers are hoping Fiji could replicate the success of the PNG Hunters in Queensland's Intrust Super Cup, a team that has earned a cult following since joining the competition in 2013.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some local league figures seething after partnership with Workers

Andrew Prentice, Manly Daily
July 6, 2016 4:58pm

IT WAS the joint venture the Sea Eagles felt they had to make to ensure they are sustainable as a club long term.

As from next season, Manly will form a partnership in the Intrust Super Premiership with Blacktown Workers.

Final details still need to be ratified with the NSW Rugby League but Sea Eagles chief executive Joe Kelly is excited about what potentially awaits.

“We expect our application to be favourably considered,’’ he told the Manly Daily.

“It is a model which has worked well for other NRL clubs – look at Canberra with Mounties and Parramatta with Wentworthville.

“Blacktown (Workers) have stability on and off the field and facilities in place for success.

“It’s also a huge growth area in Sydney, a market we are keen to tap into.”

Negotiations began in February, with the likes of Kelly, Bob Fulton, Brett Fulton and chief financial officer Neil Bare, all heavy players behind the scenes.

Manly first grade coach Trent Barrett and his assistant John Cartwright also had important roles.

Blacktown Workers currently play in the Ron Massey Cup.
News of the joint venture has not pleased everyone, with Peninsula Seagulls co-coach Scott Pethybridge quick to voice his disappointment.

“As an ex Manly player and local resident, as well as my connection with the Seagulls, I think it is disgraceful,’’ he said.

“It makes our junior rugby league irrelevant.

“I also think the (Manly) heirarchy involved need to take a good, hard look at themselves.

“No thought has gone into local players, and I think we will struggle to survive as a team (in the Sydney Shield) beyond this year.

“What is the point if the (Manly) club is going in a different direction?”

A similar feeder club partnership with the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles produced halfback Daly Cherry-Evans, who cut his teeth in the Queensland Cup before his NRL debut in 2011.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:16 pm    Post subject: It might be bad for League but, it can't be bad for the Bear Reply with quote

This move is not good for the development of rugby league but, it can not be bad for the Bears can it? thhis means that there will now be 3 A grade sides and 1 Ron Massey cup side that will all now follow the pathway from A grade to Asquith Ron Massey then Bears. Is it time for the Bears to have another side in the Ron Masseyy cup?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we'll miss the rivalry against Manly. It won't be the same playing against Blacktown and will hurt our home crowds.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

girvie wrote:
I think we'll miss the rivalry against Manly. It won't be the same playing against Blacktown and will hurt our home crowds.


This is definitely a disappointing decision. The Norths v Manly games over the past few years have been highlight for Bears fan.

Our game against Manly at Brookvale on 23 July, could be the last time we ever play Manly at a senior level.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 1:10 am    Post subject: Pessimism vs Optimism Reply with quote

This is something that could go either way, good or bad. Perhaps this decision will be to the downfall of competitive rugby League at a high grade across the Peninsula and mid to lower Northshore and certainly in the short term the Bears will lose possibly $2k a year from that game not being played.
However if both Peninsula and Northshore clubs feed to the Bears the long term effects could be extremely advantageous in a stronger team and club. A I have always found Bears vs Jets far more enjoyable than Bears vs Sea Eagles. A few years ago when both Bears and jets were very competative the crowds to that game were far greater than the Manly game. In fact when the Bears are winning crowds are far greater.
My thoughts are that whatever makes the Bears stronger is all that matters at this stage as it is not as if the Bears can put the game in front of themselves anymore. The last time that was done Gosford got a new stadium.
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