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2009 Asian Championships - Full Results
Authored by: Graeme Carey on Friday, September 11 2009 @ 11:37 am ACST
Correct, at senior level there are relatively few locals, and most of those learnt the game whilst students or working in Australia. At junior level nearly all are locals. Up until very recently it was only the Jakarta Bintangs who paid attention to attempting to develop the game locally. That has changed to some extent over the last few years such that a junior championship has been played at the Asian Championships in 2008 and 2009. There is still a very long way to go but the first steps have been taken.

if you look at www.markstennett.com photos of the recently concluded championships and click on U/18s you will see what I mean
2009 Asian Championships - Full Results
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Friday, September 11 2009 @ 04:32 pm ACST

GC, what do you reckon the chances are of it becoming more like the US Nationals in future, in that there could eventually be a limit for Aussies in the sides? Or possibly a handicap system something like the EU Cup?

I don't know what the Asian clubs want to make the focus of the tournament, at the moment obviously a big part of it is the social aspect for the expat Australians, and that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

But for example, you have the ability to field a full side of Chinese nationals, but few would travel to the Champs with the China Reds. There's an even longer history of locals playing in Japan, yet the side at the Champs is mainly from the Tokyo Goannas expat club, whereas the Japanese nationals tour to Australia.

Are there plans to aim for more local content at a senior level?

It is of course great that the Warriors and Jakarta Bulldogs have done a good job of getting local school kids playing. Also with the history of the West Java AFL, the creation of AFL Indonesia and Chris Bandy's development work hopefully you would see more Indonesians playing in future.