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Opinion: Now or never for AFLW call on international women - part one
Authored by: Cam Homes on Thursday, September 21 2017 @ 02:35 PM ACST

Question: How many American Aussie Rules players were invited to train with the AFL Academy lads in Florida in January?

Question: How many of those American Aussie Rules players that were invited actually trained with the AFL Academy lads in Florida?

Question: How many Irish Gaelic Footballers were invited to train with the AFL Academy lads in Florida?

Question: How many Irish Gaelic Footballers trained with the AFL Academy lads in Florida?

Question: How much did the AFL outlay/need to spend to get the American Aussie Rules players to train with the AFL Academy lads in Florida.

Question: How much did the AFL outlay/need to spend to get the Irish Gaelic Footballers to train with the AFL Academy lads in Florida.

Question: How many of the American Aussie Rules players in question ended up playing Aussie Rules in Australia?

Question: How many of the Irish Gaelic Footballers in question ended up playing Aussie Rules in Australia?

Now to the really important question: How many of the American Aussie Rules players in question went back to play Aussie Rules In America?

And almost as Important and telling question; How many of the Irish Gaelic Footballers players in question went back to play Aussie Rules In Ireland?

Just one more relevant question: How much has the AFL spent collectively on running the combines in the United States (there have been at least two that I know of) and how many players have actually made it onto AFL lists and played a game (I think there have been two, maybe three)

That works out at $????.00c per player. Has to be in the thousands of dollars, if not the tens of thousands. Is that value for money ??????

Yet the AFL seems to baulk at offering a monetary incentive to the AFLW clubs to draft at least one international female player.

Nino Colutta labelled us Aussies a "Weird Mob" I reckon the AFL is in the running for being the weirdest when it comes to promoting and developing Aussie Rules at grass roots level outside Australia.

Opinion: Now or never for AFLW call on international women - part one
Authored by: Harley Vague on Friday, September 22 2017 @ 10:22 AM ACST

Cam, it's quite easy to see the AFL's logic in all of this. The AFL is for the most part interested in acquiring more AFL players. On a cost basis it is much cheaper to run a combine and snatch an athlete from another sport than build a league up to the point where it can produce an AFL player from grassroots.

What's the anwer ? Attacking the AFL add hoc is pointless and actually counter-productive. Until there is a mechanism to voice international football issues in an organized way with the potential to solve problems any energy is dissipated instead of being utilized.

Whilst people are focussed on attacking the AFL many important incidents just aren't reported. I'm the only person who seems to have noticed that the ABC never reported the Swans Vs Essendon final in Sydney. This was a record-breaking game continuing the fairy-tale run and completely embarrassed the NRL's attendance yet is was never reported. Think about that and the implications of football in Sydney. Now we have an ABC article about whether the WAFL "deserves" $10 million from the government. they talk as if it is a handout not compensation for losing a low rent ground like the VFL and Waverley. In gross hypocrisy the ABC promote spending $1.8 on improving empty stadia in Sydney as a good thing. It's widely reported that football aid is very effective yet that remains a political football.

I don't want to tell the AFL how they should run their business but perhaps they could do with some help in some non-core areas.