Coming from the Wests side of the JV I don’t get the strategy here. Wests Tigers will run the first grade and U20 teams while the Magpies will run the ISP side. I assume both Wests and Balmain will run individual U18 and U16 teams. There just seems to be a disconnect to me in that set up. I hope it doesn’t have anything to do with Wests putting in the lion’s share of funding at this juncture.
This doesn’t make any sense and i’d like to hear their rationale behind this. If we’re WT in NRL and u20s why would we use a different brand for nsw cup? I know some clubs do, but they often have had a much longer history than ours. We need a consistent brand strategy and unity and this will all likely just cause another round of tigers v magpies crap which benefits no-one.
I support WT, both WM and BT belong in junior grades only these days.
I’m an old Balmain supporter and I don’t care actually. Makes sense to me to keep the brand consistent all grades, but really what difference does it make?
Currently Canberra are fed by Mounties, Cronulla by Newtown, Manly by Blacktown, Eels by Wenty, Souths by North Sydney, Stains by the Cutters, Roosters by Wyong. That means of all the NSW and ACT NRL clubs, only 4 have stand-alone ISP sides.
Sure it’s a bit of a touchy subject for us, but really after 17.5 seasons who really cares what the feeder team is called?
And even if they come out and say it’s a nod to the primary financiers, Wests Magpies, well so be it, it’s true and they are allowed to ask for recognition.
What is the fuss about…
Pathways won’t change one iota …call them the Wests Magical Mysterious Unicorns …the important part was Cleary’s comment that coaching structure and philosophy down through the grades will mirror the NRL…
The funding will remain the same regardless …the other good news is it will revert back to 3 games of footy for home games with the Under 20’s and ISP playing on the same day as NRL…
Personally I think that it would have been better to partner with a 3rd party club rather than bring back history, and I am an old Magpies fan.
Maybe a group6 club where the population is increasing, are likely to be able to tap into juniors, develop a new supporter base and located not far from one of the current bases.