Okay… so I haven’t fully fleshed this idea out, so please feel free to poke holes in it.
Who remembers the Panasonic Cup? (also known as the KB Cup, Amco Cup, amongst others)
So my idea is to reintroduce a mid-week competition for country teams. Televised mid weeks games in a round robin or knockout style competition. Have them play for a trophy and prize money for their region.
I think it would helps in a few ways.
It would help provide a showcase for young country talent to prospective NRL clubs who’s scouts are usually busy reviewing suburban matches.
It would make for a spectacle for local communities to get involved in and provide some income for these local country clubs.
It would also go some way to pushing the NRL’s agenda of ‘Supporting Rugby League in the bush’ having a televised platform promoting the semi-professional competition.
It would also provide content for the 24/7 rugby league channel in the mid week blank spot… I’m sure people would rather watch some entertaining bush footy rather than reruns of NRL Life and NRL360.
I think if the NRL provide something like this, the country teams involved will take to it and really make it their own.