FAR & WIDE: Number Eight

By STEVE MASCORD

THE answer to peace in our time Stateside could be also a boon for rugby league – the sport’s first-ever Super Bowl.

The game in America has been split into the AMNRL and USARL camps for almost two years now but International Federation Mr Fixit Tas Baitieri tells Far & Wide the two sides have discussed having their respective winners meet in a grand, grand final at the end of the current seasons.

The American Football Super Bowl was born in 1967 when the warring NFC and AFC leagues reached a similar agreement. The two leagues subsequently became “conferences” and the Super Bowl survives to this day.

“It seems to be something that is suited to their culture, that the public there identifies with,” said Baitieri.

“In Australia, I am not sure having the winners of the 1997 Super League and ARL competitions would have worked – but in America things are different.

“The last I was aware, the two bodies had held amicable talks and had gone back to their respective organisations with the proposal.

“One of the sticking points is which team travels, and who picks up the tab.”

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WE are indebted to colleague Terry Liberopoulos for this invaluable morsel of information: St George’s run of 11 consecutive premierships is under threat.

The Arorangi Bears in the Cook Islands reserve grade competition have won 10 in a row. Saints fans, go find a voodoo bear and buy up the pins!.

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CONGRATULATIONS to Matt Young who has set up a club at Kununrra in the Kimberley, Western Australia!

They have only one team to play against, the Ord River Bulls, but that hasn’t stopped them attracting sponsors and fans. They are now affiliated with the WARL and recently assembled a rep team to play Darwin Brothers, losing 52-18. 

They’d love more contact from the outside world. Want to go on an end-of-season tour to the Kimberley? Drop us a line at FarandwideRLW@gmail.com and we’ll pass it on.

Filed for: RUGBY LEAGUE WEEK