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The Northern Territory news Sat 12 Dec 2009



The Northern Territory news Sat 12 Dec 2009

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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32 Northern Territory News, Saturday, December 12, 2009 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 3 2 C O L O R : C M Y K Hitch in boldAussie CONCERNED: David Gallop of the NRL (above) speaks to themedia yesterday after hismeeting with Ben Buckley of Football Federation Australia (below) Brawl with AFL, NRL over stadia and ByDAVIDBENIUK in Sydney LOOKS GOOD: A flare is set alight in the crowd at the MCG after Australia scored a goal in the World Cup Qualifier against Japan earlier in June We do have time. We have to have ourbid book in by May I T MAY have been the most tumultuous week in Football Federation Australias audacious plan to land the World Cup, but top man Ben Buckley insists no lasting damage has been done to the bid. A public brawl with the AFL and NRL over stadia and scheduling is far from resolved, even after a meeting between Buckley and his NRL counterpart David Gallop yesterday, but the FFA chief says the headlines ricocheting around the globe do not pose a permanent problem. I think every country has issues that it has to deal with logistical, operational, scheduling issues, stadium issues, Buckley said after his meeting with Gallop. This is just one of those operational issues that each country has to work through during the course of the bid so I dont believe over time it will have a negative impact at all on our bid. All Buckley could really offer after yesterdays meeting was the promise of more meetings, but the agendas will need to revolve around some new ideas as to how the NRL could run a season if a World Cup were to be held in Australia in 2018 or 2022. The NRL has already said it has problems with FFAs first draft of options and Gallop said that was the document still being discussed. Our team will work with Davids team to address scheduling issues around club matches (and) the State of Origin, Buckley said. We do have time. We have to have our bid book in by May, we have to resolve some of this information by the end of February, early March. I think with careful and considered planning that we can minimise the impact. Gallop is adamant he wants to co-operate with FFA but emerged from the meeting with a more negative than positive message, concerned NRL clubs could go broke if the league couldnt run effectively during a World Cup. Were happy to work together but the price of that cooperation cannot be such that it puts the future of our clubs at risk, Gallop said. We have to be able to operate effectively for our own clubs sake. ... There is only so much disruption our clubs can endure and still remain viable in the years that follow. Gallop said the disruption to the NRL season, the relocation of games and the extent to which his competition could carry on during a World Cup were all open questions.

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