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Oceania score Day 1 win in NSW State U16 Championships
Authored by: Brett Northey on Monday, May 02 2011 @ 06:14 pm ACST

Yes I couldn't resist nitpicking your post because they appeared to me to be increasingly wild and woolly.

Not sure what you mean by  Canberra's 'catholic' sporting culture.  Being the nation's small capital my understanding is that it has a high turnover of people coming from all around Australia, including many from Rugby League backgrounds, and if you somehow start to win over them or their children, they may well be gone back to Sydney etc.  So I think it's a tough gig with much smaller payoff than NZ.  But it still deserves support, which it gets through AFL NSW/ACT programs and now GWS - much more than the much larger Auckland gets.  If you don't believe in expansion as a good business proposition then don't hold out your hand for support from the same financial coffers.  We can go back to having the various state leagues only and the VFL run itself into the ground, and Rugby League can become the number one national sport.

You say I'm choosing NZ over Canberra.  I can't see how Canberra could support an AFL team, therefore there is no choice, they are independent issues.  I have a strong interest in one, and a mild interest in the other.  Hopefully other Canberrans can see this is not personal, I only argue "against" Canberra here as the issue is being (artifically in my opinion) linked to NZ.  If anything the strongest link to another region is GWS and whether Canberra/ACT wants to be associated with it.

I say you are as much anti-NZ as you are pro-Canberra because of numerous comments you've made in this thread, in emails and elsewhere.  I guess the Canberra issue allows the NZ issue to be presented by you more "innocently".

For interest, according to http://stats.rleague.com/afl/crowds/vn_manuka_oval.html the average crowd is 11367 over the past 13 years for 1 to 3 games per year.  Looks like true capacity is about 15000.

Putting on my Crows supporter beanie, thanks for the offer you are welcome to have Port Adelaide.  Incidentally Port have averaged about 25000 per game at home over the last few years and are very much struggling financially (do you think they'd do better in Canberra?).  Adelaide has had 1 negative financial result last year, the first for many years if I recall correctly.  They averaged 36k to home games last year, down from a typical average of mid 40k in the years before that.

Should I be promoting Canberra?  I don't think so.  I'm here promoting international footy.  If I was not promoting international footy then I wouldn't be on this website.  Why should I put my "money where my mouth is" and promote Canberra, when that is not where my interest lies?  No offence to Canberra, and I'd be happy for them to one day get and sufficiently support an AFL club, but that's not where my interest lies.  Perhaps you can pay me to spend my spare time doing it?

Are we making any progress on this thread?

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Oceania score Day 1 win in NSW State U16 Championships
Authored by: Cam Homes on Monday, May 02 2011 @ 08:21 pm ACST

Shees!!!!!!!!!! Twisted Knickers I say!

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Oceania score Day 1 win in NSW State U16 Championships
Authored by: Brett Northey on Monday, May 02 2011 @ 08:33 pm ACST

Cam, what your post lacks in eloquence is compensated for by its clarity and succinctness.   8)

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Oceania score Day 1 win in NSW State U16 Championships
Authored by: Cam Homes on Monday, May 02 2011 @ 08:55 pm ACST

Gee! Thanks Brett.

Flattery will get you everywhere..

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