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Authored by: Cam Homes on Wednesday, August 31 2011 @ 09:32 pm ACST

18 suburban or near Sydney country footy clubs hosting one of the national teams with a bit of a warm up match before the cup started  and barby etc. between the players. Just wonder how many spectators(from the host club's players, officials, members and friends and families)  just might have made it their business go to Blacktown(at least on one day) and watch and support the  team that they had hosted. it would have numbered into hundreds I reckon. A few more hundred than those that did go because of their connection with teams(whether national or familial) would not have gone astray by the sound of it.

Hundreds more Aussie footy followers would have been made aware of the competition thru this grass roots promotion and at not a lot of cost to the organisers either.

A hell of a lot more than were made aware by the major media/press. Every local newspaper would have had a write up about the visitors coming to town/footyclub, again at no cost to the organisers.

By the way, were any crowd numbers recorded and published??


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Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, August 31 2011 @ 10:20 pm ACST

The only crowd figures I'm aware of were that the AFL said about 2000 people passed through the gates at BISS on Game Day 1.  I assume that doesn't include players and officials.  I supposed 2000 spread between 2 grounds with people coming and going over the entire day means you'll only ever have maybe 100 people tops at any one ground at any one time, which is about what I saw.

Most of the grounds are not gated so no official figures would be collectable anyway.

In terms of relationships with local clubs, I know in 2008 the AFL put the call out for volunteer clubs, not sure on the mechanism this time.  I think there are quite a few that did occur this time you just don't read about them.  We mentioned a few along the way as we came across them.

But most local clubs aren't going to supply a big spectator base.  If you have such a relationship then how many people will care enough to go, and how many of them will be playing on the weekend simultaneously or busy and how many at work on a weekday etc.

So I think there was a bit of it about but doesn't translate into 1000s of fans, maybe 10s of fans per team.

Certainly helps with awareness amongst the footy fraternity though.  An official did mention to me that Sydney folk were in many ways more receptive than Melbourne folk to the whole idea of international footy.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Authored by: Harley Vague on Thursday, September 01 2011 @ 09:38 am ACST

As you say local clubs aren't going to produce spectators mid week or if their W/E games clash ,so games underlights ,curtraisers and curtainfallers would help .Even though there were sizeable crowds spectating at times just about all spectators had some connection .The Tongan community was visible in both Sydney and Melbourne supporting their country as were a lot of other spectators which is good of course but we need more of the general public .IMO Sydney is more receptive to the international flavour whilst Melbournians obsess with "the standard" .

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Authored by: Cam Homes on Thursday, September 01 2011 @ 10:27 pm ACST

10 fans per team is 180 fans that did not turn up. + 40 for the women. I seem to recall that two of the womens matches were underlights or twilight games 15-20 fans per team to those matches?? roughly 230-240 possible fans we know weren't there because it wasn't tried.

Same deal in Melbourne = around 500 spectators who didn't go.

All a bit as tinka said the attitude seems to be about what might not happen instead of what just might happen if it is tried.

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Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, September 01 2011 @ 11:07 pm ACST

But I'm saying that there were at least a few affiliations.  For a full discussion as to whether it would or wouldn't work, and whether it was or wasn't tried, we'd need to know how many, but not something I'm contemplating chasing.

So I agree it would be good, it's just not clear if it did happen or not, I just know it was attempted in 2008 without any real crowd impact.  Sounds like a good idea, not sure it makes a big difference in reality to crowds.  But where it is useful is building contacts, potential exchange programs, support etc.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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