Barry O Farrell



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    Wests Tigers could be forced to appoint a third chairman in less than a year with Barry O’Farrell’s future at the joint venture expected to come to a head before the start of the NRL season.

    The former NSW Premier, who has been linked to Australia’s ambassadorial role in India, is poised to leave his position as chief executive of Racing Australia next week with expected ramifications for the Tigers.

    The Tigers only announced O’Farrell’s appointment as Marina Go’s successor in March, just days before the start of the NRL season.

    It was expected the appointment would bring significant clout to the club, but it is increasingly likely it will be short-lived as O’Farrell closes in on following a number of former politicians who have overseas government posts.

    Tigers officials remained tight-lipped on Thursday about O’Farrell’s position, only confirming he was still the club’s chairman.

    But sources within the racing industry confirmed to the Herald the former Coalition leader was set to stand down from Racing Australia as soon as their upcoming board meeting next week.

    The organisation, which is primarily charged with establishing the Australian rules of racing and managing its record-keeping, was ready to launch a search for O’Farrell’s replacement amid a welfare crisis engulfing the industry.

    O’Farrell, who has also held a directorship of the Sydney Sports and Cricket Ground Trust, took less than a week after assuming the Tigers chairmanship to tell the NRL the club wouldn’t be relocated from Sydney as the expansion debate boiled over.

    He has also presided over the unification of both sides of the joint venture earlier this year when Balmain’s assets were transferred to Ashfield’s wealthy Wests Leagues.

    O’Farrell insisted the continued stability of the club’s financial plight and improvement in on-field performances would be the priorities for the Tigers in 2019.

    Michael Maguire’s side blew a chance to reach the finals when they went down to the Sharks in Robbie Farah’s farewell game at Leichhardt Oval, ultimately winding up in ninth spot.

    They have already started the overhaul of their roster releasing star back-rower Ryan Matterson with prop Ben Matulino retiring on medical grounds and could soon have a significant change at the top table.

    Just last month O’Farrell suggested prosecutions “should, and I suspect, will occur” after the thoroughbred industry was engulfed in a welfare storm after ABC’s 7.30 showed graphic footage of former racehorses being slaughtered in a Queensland abattoir.

    Racing Australia released a list of proposed reforms following the program, including each state racing jurisdiction contributing prizemoney to welfare programs and imposing a levy on certain horse sales.

    O’Farrell, however, won’t see them through.

    Racing Australia is grappling with the issue of the whip in horse racing, the topic set to be a major agenda item when the organisation’s directors meet in Sydney.

    Jockey Michael Walker was hit with one of the largest fines in the Melbourne Cup’s history ($10,000) after he was found to have used the whip 12 times on runner-up Prince Of Arran - seven times more than allowed - before the 100-metre mark.

    It led to Walker shutting down his social media accounts after he was trolled by animal activists.

    O’Farrell could not be contacted on Thursday.



  • has he done anything since being here?



  • @OzLuke said in Barry O Farrell:

    has he done anything since being here?

    Think he opened a bottle of Grange during the year.



  • @OzLuke said in Barry O Farrell:

    has he done anything since being here?

    Helped secure $5 million in funding from federal government for the coe



  • @OzLuke said in Barry O Farrell:

    has he done anything since being here?

    I am pretty sure he chaired our board meetings.



  • If all he achieved is the Coe i still think it’s a success



  • The board will have to find him first… Maybe the next chair could be a little more dynamic and be seen a bit ! No more fat cat politicians thanks … do not think he got any funds for the COE Labour made the offer the Libs just matched it ! Politics 101…



  • @WT2K said in Barry O Farrell:

    @OzLuke said in Barry O Farrell:

    has he done anything since being here?

    Helped secure $5 million in funding from federal government for the coe

    You sure, as I thought he had no role in it?



  • Things just get brighter and brighter for the WT’s don’t they ??

    Don’t worry the next Chairman will be better



  • @happy_tiger well the bar was not real high was it!



  • BRING BACK MARINA



  • Hopefully he does go and we never get a politician ever again



  • That didn’t last long, a bit surprising.



  • @Elderslie_Tiger said in Barry O Farrell:

    BRING BACK MARINA

    love you Marina



  • @Kazoo-Kid said in Barry O Farrell:

    @Elderslie_Tiger said in Barry O Farrell:

    BRING BACK MARINA

    love you Marina

    I don’t know if she is healthy enough yet , she is still recovering from back stabbing wounds


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