If you ask some fans, they will tell you that they hate the system. When you ask others, they will tell you that is fair in their eyes, and one that they are a fan of.
Despite differing views however, the talk has always been about whether or not the McIntyre System is the correct one for the NRL.
Having used it since after the Superleague, the war has waged on, and the fans that were not a fan of it, have had their wish granted – with the Independent Commission’s first major move, to scrap the McIntyre System.
â€œAs the competition has become closer and the impact of â€˜home and awayâ€™ finals matches even more significant, the system has become a source of increasing debate,â€ ARLC Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said today.
â€œThe allocation of â€˜home venuesâ€™ in the second week of the McIntyre system has been a particular concern.
â€œAfter going through a thorough process we are confident that this is the right time for this change.â€
It was a recommendation to the Commission Â on the back of an exhaustive reviewing process, undertaken by ARLC General Manager of Football Operations, Nathan McGuirk.
â€œOver the past few months we have been conducting a review with clubs and with the recently formed Competition Committee,â€ Mr McGuirk said.
â€œAn overwhelming majority of clubs have shifted their support away from the McIntyre system and to one where the top four teams play each other in week one.
â€œIt offers greater protection for the top four teams and the possibility of even closer matches.
â€œEach of the top four teams needs only to win two finals matches to reach the Grand Final, while the bottom four ranked teams must win three.
â€œThe Minor Premiers and Team 2 are each guaranteed two home games.â€