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Men from each of the 16 teams will put their bodies on the line to showcase their skill and win their honour over the course of 26 nail-biting, bone-breaking, heart-pumping rounds of NRL football.
Throughout the season we will see legends fall, dreams shatter and hearts break. But for some, immortality awaits. A life, etched into the fabric of NRL history and a lasting legacy, ready to be made.
This year, the 106th season of league brought with it a familiar buzz, tension and excitement across our country. The whispers started, who would be left standing in September, who would claim immortality?
On 1 March 2012, exactly 158 days from the 2011 Grand Final, over 650,000 Australian men, women and children took their place in front of the television and waited.
Through the familiar glow of the television, they watched, and for fans of Brisbane and Parramatta, the wait was over.
Sam Thaiday and Nathan Hindmarsh led their teams onto the field, the hopes of hundreds resting on their shoulders. Excited Australian’s pulled closer to their televisions and watched in joy as the sound of a boot striking a football heralded the start of the season.
Then, in horror, they quickly realised that something was wrong… something was very wrong.
The familiar voice of Andrew Voss was gone, and in its place a harsh, race-style commentary startled viewers and tarnished the new season glow.
Thousands listened as an avalanche of information came exploding through the television screen like a machine gun firing nouns and adjectives. Who was this person? And where was Vossy?
His name is Ray Hadley.
Under a cloud of suspicion and rumour, he has replaced Vossy as the number two commentator for Nine’s coverage of the Friday Night Football. A move which has angered many Australian’s and has made watching games near unbearable.
While Hadley’s resume suggests a wealth of experience, his commentary style is frantic, fast-paced and relies on a non-stop, monotone rambling of player names and actions, not uncommon to a greyhound race.
The Friday Night Footy call used to be insightful, humorous and relaxed. Vossy spending 80 minutes building tension, following the play and telling the viewer about more than what was just in front of them. He would keep you entertained and aware of what was occurring across the football community as well as the player’s lives.
This, along with the enjoyment of Friday Night Football, has vanished and so has Vossy.
We are the people. We are the viewers. And this is our NRL.
Let’s fight for the ability to enjoy Football on a Friday night. Let’s fight for our right to hear and understand game commentary. Let’s fight for Vossy.
We have the power now to make Vossy 2012 a reality, so let’s join together and use the media, social networking and our voices to make this happen.
Our plan is to spread the Vossy 2012 message across Australia. ‘Like’ Vossy 2012 on Facebook then change your profile picture or change your cover photo, share it with your friends and the world.
Let’s make our voice so loud Channel Nine cannot ignore us – let’s get Vossy back where he belongs, calling the Friday Night Footy on Channel Nine.
Let’s Make Him Heard.