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In Need Of A Phoenix…Or Two
Authored by: Harley Vague on Tuesday, December 11 2018 @ 12:53 pm ACDT

You miss my point completely. It is not a question of AFL responsibility but "IMO more attention has to be paid to those actually at the coalface.". That is, the AFL need to pay more attention to those who do in fact "think outside the square".

I can criticise certain people and groups for 'waiting for the cavalry', waiting for the AFL, a celebrity or an elite football player to appear. Some even reject help if it doesn't come with a letter of introduction. Where there has been success It has been agonisingly slow for those people who have produced outstanding results to be offered assistance.

I can criticise certain the AFL, celebrities and elite football players as being uncontactable. Unfortunately I cannot offer assistance to people coming to me for this reason. It is really embarrassing that the AFL is not interested in individuals (outside of AFL standard).

I can criticise people for not thinking within the square and not doing the basics low-cost basic like establishing a database of leagues, clubs, players, umpires and associations. Who's forming committees or running surveys ? It's basic stuff. Why can't AFL clubs put on simple demonstration games or at least engage the local clubs when then they train overseas. here's a thought. If two AFL clubs trained at that the same destination they could have an AFL game at also zero extra cost.

As for AFLNE it is obvious that someone should analyse why there was rapid expansion and why the situation changed. In my experience it is often the aussies that are both the creator and destructor of football clubs.

I'm not sure how Sheedy's rhetoric could help AFLNE but maybe if the AFL viewing was more accessible to those outside of Australia that would help to promote interest.

More than a decade ago I suggested that the key was greater co-operation, with databases, player pathways and volunteer pathways. For any thinking to be effective it has to be listened to.