Cronulla Shark will on Monday meet with NRL boss Todd Greenberg in an attempt to convince him to allow a potential home semi-final to be played at Southern Cross Group Stadium.
The Sharks continued their
relentless march towards the minor premiership - and a home fixture in
week one of the finals - when they recorded their 15th straight win with
a 36-4 rout of Newcastle on Sunday.
Under NRL rules, the Sharks would be forced to take a home semi-final to Allianz Stadium or ANZ Stadium.
while North Queensland, Canberra and Melbourne would be able to play in
front of their home fans, Sharks supporters would be forced to travel
from the Shire to see their team play in the first week of the finals.
isn't an assault on the NRL over where the finals series will be played
but as (coach) Shane (Flanagan) pointed out, (1300 Smiles Stadium) will
have one, AAMI will, Canberra would as well," Sharks chief executive
Lyall Gorman said.
"So `why not us' would be the question and what do we have to do we get one?".
Gorman will broach the subject of home semi-finals during a scheduled meeting with Greenberg at Rugby League Central on Monday.
hooker Michael Ennis proved the catalyst for the idea, saying
commercially there wasn't a lot of difference between playing the games
at Shark Park or Allianz Stadium.
The Sharks attracted 27,031 to
Allianz Stadium for their home qualifying final against South Sydney
last year while Southern Cross Group Stadium has a 22,000 capacity.
Ennis said all Sydney clubs should be afforded the right to host home semi-finals at their traditional suburban grounds.
"The home fans deserve it and they come out and support their teams," Ennis said.
"We're forever asking them for memberships, asking to give to the club to help fund it and do what it does day-to-day.
"When a semi-final comes around we tell them we're going to drag it into the city.
"They've been coming here and turning out week after week and the boys have been playing their hearts out here.
"We deserve the advantage too so we'll keep fighting for it."