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Sun sets on United rivals

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At worldfootynews.com we make an effort not to make too much of the sometimes rabid Aussie Rules versus soccer versus Rugby League debate that so often rages in Australia, especially on sports forums.  But we do acknowledge that there is a battle for the hearts and minds of the sporting public.  So back in 2009 we took particular note of a scathing attack on footy by Clive Palmer, one of Australia's richest men and owner of the Gold Coast United soccer club.

When most codes argue that there is room for all and they just want a slice of the action, Palmer ridiculed attempts to establish an AFL club on the Gold Coast, despite a healthy and growing local competition.  Palmer stated in 2009 that "The biggest loser's going to be GC17 and Australian rules itself. I give them three years they'll be gone (by 2014)".  See Football codes continue to position themselves and Palmer sets the bar low for Gold Coast.

So we watched with interest to see whether his soccer club would indeed outperform the Aussie Rules club, and whether the AFL's efforts would succeed.

The soccer club, Gold Coast United, then set about seasons 2010/11 and 2011/12 recording average home crowds of a miniscule 3,900 and 3,400 per game, respectively.  In contrast, GC17, launched as the Gold Coast Suns, averaged around 18,000 per game (for matches at their new stadium in Carrara) in their debut 2011 season.  That's 4 or 5 AFL supporters for every one A League supporter.  Surely a demonstrative win for footy.

But Palmer was also at war with his side's fans, then their coach, and constantly with the FFA.  In terms of viability it seems the club only continued to exist due to his largesse, and now to complete the debacle they have had their licence terminated by the FFA.

A stunning tale of failure for the club whose owner predicted that the AFL would be the big loser on the Gold Coast.  Aussie Rules 1 - soccer nil.
 

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Sun sets on United rivals
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Wednesday, February 29 2012 @ 09:24 pm ACDT

When hubris and karma collide.

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Sun sets on United rivals
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Thursday, March 01 2012 @ 11:25 am ACDT

I re-read that article by Nick Smart in the Goldcoast.com.au. 

Palmer at the time also bemoaned the QLD state govt $60 mill investment in the ground redevelopment.

Ignoring that his side waltzed into a $160 mill 100% govt funded ground.

Ignoring that the AFL was putting in $10 mill of it's own funds.

and ignoring that there was a standing bid from the Gold Coast to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which was won and so we'll see Commonwealth athletes use a facility in part paid for by the AFL.  Go figure.

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Sun sets on United rivals
Authored by: Ian Hill on Thursday, March 01 2012 @ 05:22 pm ACDT

Please ....

Aussie Rules 1.0.6, Soccer 0.0.0.

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Sun sets on United rivals
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Monday, March 05 2012 @ 01:57 pm ACDT

Australian Football 1.0.6  Australian Soccer 0.

 

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Sun sets on United rivals
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Monday, March 05 2012 @ 02:00 pm ACDT

And so since then, we've seen Clive and Archie and 'Football Australia' doing a "Lowy" (institute) to "Lowy" (FFA) if at all possible?!?!!

and the FFA might pull the rug on Gold Coast full stop and take on the Giants and NRL in West Sydney,

meanwhile Karmichael Hunt has re-signed on the Gold Coast and is loving AFL, and big Izzie showed in the 2nd half on the weekend that he's going to show glimpses at least during the season.

 

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Authored by: Brett Northey on Monday, March 05 2012 @ 10:48 pm ACDT

Yeah there were some very encouraging signs for Israel Folau, taking nice strong marks at full extension.  Unfortunately I couldn't find a way to get a link to the video on the AFL website to paste in here... despite all the tweaking they just never seem to get a user friendly experience with their video setup.  If you go to www.afl.com.au/tabid/76/default.aspx#playvideo and type into the search folau you'll find "Folau flies" which shows some good marks.

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Sun sets on United rivals
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, April 04 2012 @ 04:58 pm ACST

Any realistic chance that the Gold Coast will still have an A League side next season appears to have disappeared with the FFA announcing a new side in Western Sydney but still planning a 10 team league.  I suspect that will be secretly pleasing to the GC Suns as it removes a potential long term rival for fans and sponsorship.

But it might make life a little bit more difficult for GWS GIANTS, and they probably didn't expect soccer to place a team there so soon.  The new side will be bankrolled by the FFA (much like the Giants will mostly rely on the AFL initially).  The difference is that the FFA consistently needs to be propped up by the Federal Government.  Part of me thinks here goes more of our money being sunk into the soccer blackhole, although the AFL community has done pretty well in government programs too including assistance with stadia upgrades.

ABC story on the new soccer team:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-04/a-league-to-western-sydney-in-2012-13/3932722

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Authored by: Troy Thompson on Wednesday, April 04 2012 @ 10:01 pm ACST

Cant say I have followed it closely but it seems that the rugby league team on the GC is in big money trouble also.  While this again could be seen as a positive for the Suns, you have to worry when the game that is clearly number one on the GC (league) is struggling to be able to function in a  economically viable way.  I know that there is plenty of Aussie rules played on the GC - played there myself many years ago now - and plenty of "expats" from the "footy states" (or should that be "formerly known as the footy states") but it seems the people on the Gold Coast have better things to do with their time than attend footy matches of the varying codes.

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