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Colin Carter keeps crusading for the cause
Authored by: Rory Slater on Wednesday, March 04 2015 @ 04:11 pm ACDT

........& what about his ref to both the ACT & PNG?
I continue to make a case for demographics i.e. ours that have suffered from the AFL's expedient neglect of governance - and NO, GWS is NOT a Canberra team!
This is more to do with the bankers criteria to grow the code in those meritoriously undeserving markets i.e. NZ at our expedience. It is time that our domestic markets were rewarded with their own stand alone AFL brands. Canberra has over 100 years of footy heritage and an honour board to boot while it is far from a lost cause. I have always advocated PNG as a focus for any international expansion as their raw talent leaves NZ for dead as does Saffa but let us 1st ensure that the code is truly national before going down the path of plonking Australian teams in markets, that have absolutely no grass roots or groundswell of support. NZ is all about television revenue and a leg up for St Kilda which are is financial strife, suffering at the hands of an increasing disenfranchised supporter base which is partially due to it selling games to Wellington rather than regionally and or domestically.
It should also be noted that NZ's footy pedigree leading up to the 1900's was almost exclusively patronised by Australians - that is why it ceased so abruptly. So it is an abberation and an exercise in gross hyperbole to be selling this to the public based on any supposed heritage and cultural affinity NZ had for our game - they did not and still do not.

Colin Carter keeps crusading for the cause
Authored by: Harley Vague on Wednesday, March 04 2015 @ 09:24 pm ACDT

Yes Rory, he's a bit awry wrt ACT, PNG and NZ history. They had the opportunity to establish a Canberra team before other codes did. PNG followed TV and NZ was a mixture of circumstances.

Colin Carter keeps crusading for the cause
Authored by: Harley Vague on Wednesday, March 04 2015 @ 09:44 pm ACDT
Here is the Age's take on the article. http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news...3ur0z.html . Again it's the writer's view that we should invest in the RSA to produce an AFL side and not just for the greater benefit of football. He also points to the large investment already made in Australia but fails to understand that the money has already been spent - that hopefully we are at the stage of seeing returns and the investment is non-refundable.