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Who would you Support??

By Joe Canberran - 2 May 2008 29

Canberra has had some top sporting figures and teams over the years but we have seen crowd numbers fluctuate over the years to the extent that some teams have folded (the Cannons), been demoted out of the National Competition (the Comets) or failed to get of the ground (several attempts to get one of the ALF teams to relocate, an A League Soccer team, etc).

So for what team sports would you regularly put your money behind, actually pay to go see a Canberra team play?

If I could support 3 Canberra sporting teams in National comp they would be:

  • None (15%, 51 Votes)
  • Other (8%, 28 Votes)
  • The Comets (Cricket - if let into the National comp) (25%, 83 Votes)
  • The Darters (Netball) (8%, 28 Votes)
  • The Capitals (Womens Basketball) (14%, 45 Votes)
  • The Gunners (Mens Basketball - if let into the National comp) (12%, 40 Votes)
  • A Canberra based AFL team (29%, 97 Votes)
  • A Canberra based soccer team (34%, 111 Votes)
  • The Brumbies (Rugby Union) (46%, 153 Votes)
  • The Raiders (Rugby League) (39%, 128 Votes)

Total Voters: 331

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29 Responses to
Who would you Support??
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Joe Canberran 10:53 am
02 May 08
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Ok, someone voted “other”.

Come on let us know what that other is!

All I can think of is American sports: Softball, Baseball, Gridiron, Ice Hockey.

Oh crap! I left Hockey off the poll! (is there a Canberra Hockey team in the National Comp?)

Or is the “other” something weirder? Footsol (sp?)? European Handball? Waterpolo? etc…

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toriness 10:54 am
02 May 08
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for some reason i don’t seem to be able to vote… but i choose the capitals! i have bought season tickets every year for about 7 years now.

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astrojax 11:11 am
02 May 08
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interesting that over a third of people are keen to follow teams that don’t yet exist (a-league and afl teams). buckley and demitriou, are you listening??

what could we pay to make the raiders go away?

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Crikey 11:30 am
02 May 08
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How do you vote in these RiotACT polls?

I would definitely support a Canberra based A-League team.

I used to have season tickets (for many years) with the Raiders but don’t follow them anymore. I’ve been to the Brumbies a few times and it nearly sends me to sleep. Can’t stand cricket or basketball and I don’t rate women sport.

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Joe Canberran 11:44 am
02 May 08
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I fooled around with this one – the first try out of a poll that you can vote for more than one result (but you can still only vote once per username). If you are having problems selecting your choices and/or the vote button doesn’t work for you it may be to do with where you are accessing from or your server/browser. If not send the admins a line – they MAY be about to sort you out (but probably not this year 😉

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farout 11:55 am
02 May 08
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It wasn’t me who chose “other”, but judging by the pedants around here, I’d vote for a Spelling Bee.

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Joe Canberran 11:59 am
02 May 08
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Hardly a team sport though is it? 😉

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v_man_returns 1:40 pm
02 May 08
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The Canberra Knights are in the national ice hockey league, think they’re going alright this year too. Also, something seems up with the voting percentages…adds up to well over 100 per cent

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justbands 1:47 pm
02 May 08
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> Also, something seems up with the voting percentages…adds up to well over 100 per cent

You can vote for 3 items remember.

& glad to see the Knights doing well. My son & I used to go along to games a few years back & it was always quite entertaining. May have to get along to a few games again.

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Holden Caulfield 1:54 pm
02 May 08
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To be fair, to the best of my knowledge there has never been a genuine attempt at relocating an AFL team in Canberra, at least, not one with the full backing of both the ACT government and the AFL.

The Kangaroos were only ever here to cash up.

On the crowd thing, that tends to indicate that Canberrans are quite fickle and prefer to get behind winning teams. They’re probably not alone there, but when you consider a packed Canberra Stadium would constitute around 7-8% of the city’s entire population, it leaves Canberra clubs vulnerable if a few fans start to drop off in line with performances.

I voted AFL, A-league and Cricket. It is unlikely that I would become a member of an AFL team based here, and I would never stop supporting my current club, but I’d probably take the opportunity to go along to a few games in Canberra if it were an option.

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toriness 3:07 pm
02 May 08
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if there was a decent afl team who based a portion of their home games in canberra i would definitely go to them but north melbourne and the swans??? pffffft. go the mighty blues.

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Kramer 3:19 pm
02 May 08
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It’s not really a team sport* but I’d pay to see national level mountain bike racing. For the last two years we’ve been lucky to have it for free at Stromlo.

*except for the XC teams relay event

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Joe Canberran 3:24 pm
02 May 08
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Kramer said :

It’s not really a team sport* but I’d pay to see national level mountain bike racing. For the last two years we’ve been lucky to have it for free at Stromlo.

*except for the XC teams relay event

Bloody single issue commenters – the Riot overlords should band ’em! 😉

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Kramer 3:30 pm
02 May 08
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I’d also support another Rugby team in a national comp… the Australian rugby championship perhaps? Goddamn ARU.

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justbands 3:35 pm
02 May 08
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> Goddamn ARU.

Indeed. I still can’t believe how short sighted (& gutless) they were with that decision.

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