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Authored by: Brett Northey on Sunday, April 24 2011 @ 12:01 pm ACST

This seems, in your mind, tobe very clearly about the ACT versus NZ, and the fear that somehow NZ will get footy at your expense.  The AFL have played numerous matches in the ACT with in general a fairly poor turnout from the locals.  If the locals are waiting for their own team then this is a pointless discussion because you will not get one if you don't support AFL matches there.  There does not appear to be a demand, and it is a small population.

The apparent inadequacy of the ACT at this point in time or the foreseeable future to support an AFL club has absolutely nothing to do with NZ, other than it seems a neat way for you to combine two issues you're obviously passionate about - AFL for the ACT and hating NZ.

Who knows, maybe the next two teams in the AFL will be Tasmania and a third WA side.  Then for the next expansion the AFL might be looking for two more teams, one in NZ and one in ACT simultaneously, provided the ACT has grown to a reasonable size and has a stronger AFL following - currently it is relatively small and heavily split between Aussie Rules and the Rugby codes.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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