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AFL International Cup Grand Final 2017: Why did the Mozzies win?
Authored by: Rory Slater on Wednesday, September 13 2017 @ 06:19 AM ACST

Hello Brett
I trust your medium term dream never comes to fruition and given PNG's performance yet again, if the cringe international persuasion are to be at all fair, I believe they should push to have PNG resourced at least as much as NZ is.
As I have often stated here, if our code is truly embraced by countries i.e. NZ, from the ground up, rather than the hard sell top down criteria you would implement, then there could be a case for inclusion in perhaps, an NEAFL but that would seem to be light years away if this years WC standard is any indication.
For heavens sake, the AFL tout themselves as the true indigenous national comp yet insult true domestic footy demographics i.e. the nations capital, Tassie and the NT, by telling us we are unviable, in the same breath announcing NZ as the next frontier for expansion. What a load of hard sell commercial rhetoric on their part since this is only about television growth pure and simple Brett which I expect those i.e. yourself, continue to leverage off.
Your vision, to prematurely gift the unmeritorious heathen Kiwis a place in our coveted AFL, is disingenuous and disenfranchising of the codes devoted and so long as you continue to promote your vision, I will feel compelled to refute it.

AFL International Cup Grand Final 2017: Why did the Mozzies win?
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, September 13 2017 @ 11:58 AM ACST

Rory I'm always happy to entertain robust debate but your comments are pretty much racist but I'll let them stand because they reflect so poorly on you and therefore undermine your own arguments.

As for Tassie and the ACT, my dream outcome would be the AFL announce new AFL clubs based in Tassie and Auckland simultaneously. Previously I didn't believe the ACT could support an AFL side financially and in terms of crowds (and Tassie has always had similar doubts) but I do note the ACT is growing rapidly these days so perhaps there is some future prospect.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

AFL International Cup Grand Final 2017: Why did the Mozzies win?
Authored by: Harley Vague on Wednesday, September 13 2017 @ 02:35 PM ACST

I'm glad you commented Rory, because that forced me to do a little research.

Firstly, I don't see why any development should be mutually exclusive. Secondly, we have to acknowledge that every "market' is different. Thirdly, one man's freedom fighters are another mans terrorist. I don't see why the push into NZ schools is seen as a "hard sell' whilst the push into PNG schools is seen as "enlightening". the object is still the same - to benefit community football.

You mention the NEAFL which is a very good point.Why not a PNG side in AFLQ or a NZ side in NSWAFL graduating to an eventual NEAFL side. The NEAFL has no restrictive nationality requirements like the I.C. so any side can be bolstered as required.

Tasmania and the N.T. are not an options - they are regions. Population Hobart 112k, Launceston 86k,, Darwin 142k, Alice Springs 30k. Auckland 1,415k. Port Moresby 400k. Teams play out of cities not regions or even towns.

Of course television growth is an important part of the model.
there are now four AFL teams where were none.

As a matter of interest how would you proceed with PNG ?