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2016 AFL Boomerangs and World Team Squads Announced
Authored by: Wesley Hull on Thursday, April 14 2016 @ 01:00 pm ACST

Whilst I understand Cam's argument about player origins and the various arguments about the political side of naming this and naming that, there is one stakeholder ignored in that.

Having interviewed 27 of the All Nations team across two carnivals last year and last week, I can tell you catagorically the players love the concept of being a "world" team...knowing that their origins are from places around the world as opposed the the Kickstart team who have their origins firmly linked to the first people concept of indigenous Australians. These kids come from so many countries around the world, and under the selection criteria of one parent at least being born outside Australia they are proud to claim the "world" status as being connected to the rest of the world.

So, do we argue about naming the teams based on how we see it, or do we accept the pride of the participants? It is ostensibly their carnival, so I think their idea should be a part of the argument.

I am certain that eventually they would learn to love terms like "Diversity team" or others, but for now the players embrace the term "world". I am not certain that the political, educational, geographical opinions of grown adults is any more important than the opinions of the players who give their all on the field under that banner.

Just another opinion.

2016 AFL Boomerangs and World Team Squads Announced
Authored by: Cam Homes on Thursday, April 14 2016 @ 05:12 pm ACST

Not going to quibble about what you're saying Wes, but my point is NOT about the actual name for this team, that is secondary.
About three/four years ago for several years there was a team that was made up of players all drawn from other countries.
WHY aren't the latest crop of juniors from France, Denmark, South Africa, Canada, USA, Fiji,Vanuatu, England, New Zealand and elsewhere participating now.
They could be calling themselves the Junior Jumbucks or even World Where's Wallies or something, the name is immaterial, they are NOT here playing now. THAT IS THE "CRIME" being committed here.