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Irish Hawk Raises Solid Point
Authored by: Harley Vague on Thursday, November 15 2018 @ 01:35 pm ACDT

Solid point ?????? You do realise that the AFL does not compensate any Australian football clubs that produce AFL players.You do realise that the AFL has decimated state leagues by not compensating any Australian football clubs. Why would you want help a rival code over your own code FFS ? For the amount of outlay these combines are NOT producing any great numbers. the money could be better spent elsewhere. If the GAA don't like it then stuff it. The GAA don't do anything to help promote their own game. GAA players lose NOTHING because they are not paid.You want to give money to clubs that perpetuate this feudal system? The AFL and now the AFLW are giving people overseas a great opportunity - a great financial opportunity as well. The AFL clubs have already given Irish players an unique concession and that is to play GAA in the off season. We in Australia are starved of S.O.O. and sometimes IR because AFL clubs won't release their players for fear of injury.
Rugby and the EPL don't compensate the GAA. The NFL doesn't compensate the AFL for recruiting punters. The AFL and NRL don't compensate each other for taking players.
IMO Gaelic Football would be the best code for an entrepreneur to take to the world - rectangular field, round ball, no tackling, many options and lots of action, yet the Irish languish in melancholy and tradition rather than produce an action plan. The Irish have a great code and could benefit greatly by working with Australian Football rather than working against.

Irish Hawk Raises Solid Point
Authored by: Wesley Hull on Friday, November 16 2018 @ 02:09 pm ACDT

Yes, his point is solid. It is based on his far more direct connection to the game back in Ireland - he is in a position to understand what is going on back there than we are. It is a SOLID point. But that doesn't make it right or wrong. I hear your argument, Harley, and in many ways agree.

But this isn't just about Irish players seeking opportunity. This is also about the AFL having identified a new talent pool and they should not be using it as one way traffic to benefit AFL clubs and not suitably assisting that nursery. Whether they help Gaelic football directly, or just offer more to AFL Ireland as a more localised pathway, the AFL still needs to invest in grass roots fairly. This is where the debate will be - are they or are they not investing what they should to grow this market.

Some will say yes, some will say no - but that's what a good, healthy debate is all about.

Irish Hawk Raises Solid Point
Authored by: Harley Vague on Friday, November 16 2018 @ 03:15 pm ACDT

The AFL is simply buying players. End of story.
The AFL is doing the GAA a gigantic favour. They might consider paying their players now and end the feudal system that is their football a.t.m.