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Oceania score Day 1 win in NSW State U16 Championships
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Sunday, April 24 2011 @ 08:50 pm ACST

Rory -

in the main, WFN 'reports'.  So, when a Jeff Kennett let's loose, if it's deemed somewhat relevant, then, we report it.  Do we agree 100% or 0%, that's not really the issue.  You seem to assume that reporting on certain comments is an endorsement of those comments.  That's not necessarily the case.  As far as NZ is concerned, the reality is that the NZ side was one of the more poorly performed in last years Oceania U16s.  The Solomon Sharks came out and beat them.  We aren't getting carts ahead of horses here.  However, the involvement of HAWTHORN (not the AFL, but Hawthorn, and thus the vested interest of J.Kennett in pushing it) in NZ, does add a degree of profile to footy in NZ.  btw - as a North supporter, I kinda wish we were still playing a couple of games in Canberra, with the Murray Kangaroos playing a couple of games at Albury or Lavington each year and all that,.......but, that didn't happen.  Hopefully Canberra and the GWS and NSW zones and the GWS academy pathway and the like can 'work' for sometime.  Who knows what lies ahead.  For now - the AFL has structured up the NEAFL, and the presence of ACT clubs in the 'NSW' conference ahead of Sydney shows a level of respect from the AFL.  Via the NEAFL and the Foxtel Cup, there's been some pretty exciting movements domestically.  I'd be thinking that footy folk in Canberra would be focussing on where these new paths will lead.

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Oceania score Day 1 win in NSW State U16 Championships
Authored by: Rory Slater on Sunday, April 24 2011 @ 09:58 pm ACST

 Mark

 I heard it said that the AFL put pressure on the doggies to drop the ACT and NT like the proverbial hot spud to explore NZ.

I do believe the AFL are very much pushing the NZ expansion at our expense for ALL the wrong reason and I intend to continue playing devils advocate in this respect. 

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Oceania score Day 1 win in NSW State U16 Championships
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Sunday, April 24 2011 @ 10:13 pm ACST

re suggestions of AFL nudging Doggies out of Canberra.  Even if this is true - the obvious connection to make would be that the AFL want's GWS and Swans to get the NSW and (and by default, the) ACT focus.  That's not entirely unreasonable.  For example - were it that North Melb were still playing a couple of games at year at Cararra, I dare say, we'd've been given the nudge by now.  Slightly different of course, as Canberra won't be the 'home' of the Giants.  However, it's probably verging on the obvious what the preferred strategic structures (in and around ACT) might be going forward - that the Western Bulldogs might not be deemed an ideal fit, ......wouldn't surprise me.

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