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International clubs in AFL by 2032?
Authored by: Rory Slater on Monday, July 04 2011 @ 03:28 pm ACST


Canberra is the Nations Capital.

Australian Footy is the National and indeed indigenous code.

This evokes a powerful symbology culturally I would have thought, for the game in these parts, if nothing else.

I have also been to NZ and Adelaide on a number of occasions and although Auckland may well be a fine city it is a foreign city that cannot be compared to Canberra or Adelaide or any other Australian city in this context, i.e. to say in respect of any historical pedigree, status or cultural affinity it may or may not share with Australian Footy.

NZ have been very successful in gleaning membership of our elite sporting leagues at the expense of more worthy Australian demographics for along time now, so in that respect I don't see how my sentiments can be construed as xenophobic or otherwise irrational when it comes to the Indigenous code .

Would you be open to Wellington usurping either or both Adelaides AFL elite brands?  I know you are the consummate altruist Brett but surely blood is thicker than H20 at some point.




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International clubs in AFL by 2032?
Authored by: Brett Northey on Monday, July 04 2011 @ 05:43 pm ACST

Every area is free to advocate for themself.  On a personal level I will always advocate for my hometown of Adelaide (but if Port can't make a go of Adelaide Oval then maybe their time is up, but I suspect they'll do okay).  Beyond that, I judge every case on its merits.  Football heritage is just one part of those merits.  On that basis I think Tasmania ranks highly in terms of next cab off the rank, so combined with a reasonable sized population and strong public advocacy I think they deserve a chance next.  I don't rank Canberra as highly in the heritage stakes - sure they have footy going well back, but not as far as Tassie, and far more mixed allegiance to other sports, nor do they produce anywhere near the number of AFL players Tassie do.

To be honest Rory, you're the only person I can recall consistently calling for Canberra to have its own AFL side.  The public campaign for Canberra, if there is one, is miniscule compared with Tassie.  Perhaps you need to look in your own backyard rather than trying to block others.  Is there a Canberra campaign?  Maybe you start one otherwise it will never happen.

As for the "Nation's Capital" argument, I'm afraid you might see that as a bigger plus than most people.  For many, Canberra is a place where the politicians do their arguing before returning to their electorates, other than that it's just one of the many nice cities across Australia.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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International clubs in AFL by 2032?
Authored by: Tobietta Rhyman on Monday, July 04 2011 @ 05:53 pm ACST

Rory did you know there are many people who share your opinions, only about football spreading beyond it's traditional heartlands of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia? I'm sure you could fully explain to them the importance of Australia's game being properly represented by every Australian state. And you'll be pleased to know that beyond boosting AFL match television audiences, the AFL puts hardly any funding into the development of the actual game overseas. And that's what most of us are here for. So if it's a point about where the money from the AFL's latest multi-billion dollar TV broadcast deal is going, we all hear you.


Little Pommy Girl
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