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$400,000 won’t get a top team

By johnboy - 12 August 2009 27

The Canberra Times brings word that the AFL’s contempt for Canberra becomes ever more open.

    Having a leading Victorian side preferably the Saints or Cats playing the Sydney Swans was the ACT Government’s primary prerequisite to parting with a $400,000 asking price for one game next season.

    Sports Minister Andrew Barr ruled out paying the fee for a match between two lesser teams, saying it would be economically unviable. The Wallabies, Socceroos and both the men’s and women’s Australian basketball teams played in Canberra this year for a combined fee of $115,000.

But despite that Andrew Demetriou says there’s no chance of getting Geelong or St Kilda coming to Canberra.

Can we spend the money on a Bledisloe Cup game please?

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$400,000 won’t get a top team
OYM 4:36 pm 12 Aug 09

Put the money into the Capitals. At least you don’t get the same antics that the highly paid football players seem to constantly get up to.

Holden Caulfield 2:07 pm 12 Aug 09

Affirmative Action Man said :

Barr is an idiot. How can you plan in advance which teams are going to do well.

That’s why they should aim to bring one of the proper clubs here. Carlton, Collingwood or Essendon. At least that way, no matter where those teams are on the ladder, a venue like Manuka is going to be full.

But the real question has to be asked, why do the AFL bother with Canberra at all?

There is no genuine long term vision of having a team based here. Clearly the AFL doesn’t give two shits about our market (and, when it comes to it, why should they). So what is the point?

Games were first scheduled here when North’s deal with Sydney expired and they needed to whore themselves out to someone else willing to pay. They probably made the best effort at trying to fit in, but really, it was a half arsed attempt and the public knew it. So it was no surprise that it failed.

Melbourne and the Bulldogs have come here simply chasing money. They are not in Canberra for the betterment of the game. Turn up, grab the cash, then get out of this godforsaken place as quickly as they can. That seems to be the attitude anyway.

Either the AFL needs to (re)locate a team here and get fair dinkum about it, otherwise, as much as I hate Demetriou, there is little point in maintaining a presence in our small market. And there’s certainly no point in Barr throwing good money out for bad.

At least the Tassie Hawks have gone into the Tasmanian market of their own free will with what appears to be a genuine attitude and willingness to promote the game, as much as themselves. Sure there is a lot of self-interest there (naturally, with their current president, haha), but from what I can tell they are there for the right reasons and not only a cash grab.

The best approach at getting a real AFL presence in Canberra is through the West Sydney franchise. But Jabba will be so hell bent on making that work he won’t worry about any requests from piss ant Canberra governments.

S4anta 12:44 pm 12 Aug 09

Spitfire3 said :

The Raiders play here every couple of weeks, often against the best clubs in the world in their given sport. I just don’t get why I hear so many canberrans who are down on them and don’t want to support them.

Perhaps they dislike rugby league as much as the players apparently dislike their nearest and dearest, except for the fact they don’t go around punching and deficating on tyhem.

The Axe Man 12:22 pm 12 Aug 09

Spitfire3 said :

The Raiders play here every couple of weeks, often against the best clubs in the world in their given sport. I just don’t get why I hear so many canberrans who are down on them and don’t want to support them.

Maybe not many people like League??

monomania 11:25 am 12 Aug 09

johnboy pleaded:

Can we spend the money on a Bledisloe Cup game please?

Dream on. I doubt that a million dollars would cover the difference in gate takings.

Spitfire3 11:13 am 12 Aug 09

The Raiders play here every couple of weeks, often against the best clubs in the world in their given sport. I just don’t get why I hear so many canberrans who are down on them and don’t want to support them.

toriness 11:07 am 12 Aug 09

what about some more funding for the canberra capitals, our own local and very successful sporting team – someone was telling me last night that they only get $185k funding from ACT govt. given the brumbies get close to $3mill and we’re talking about $400k on a sub-standard AFL match (happy to pay for a decent one) – it infuriates and disgusts me.

MrMagoo 10:33 am 12 Aug 09

wishuwell said :

Or putting the money into local sport, say underfunded and neglected junior teams.

+1

MrMagoo 10:32 am 12 Aug 09

Holden Caulfield said :

I don’t necessarily want to see Geelong or St Kilda in Canberra, but I’d be happy to pitch in for a piss-off-Demetriou fund.

Oh here here HC, biggest tosser in Australian sport bar none. Well perhaps John O’Neill in a photo

Affirmative Action M 10:25 am 12 Aug 09

Barr is an idiot. How can you plan in advance which teams are going to do well.

A couple of years ago St Kilda & Geelong were basket cases & Melbourne & the Swans were playing in the finals.

wishuwell 10:06 am 12 Aug 09

Or putting the money into local sport, say underfunded and neglected junior teams.

PigDog 9:50 am 12 Aug 09

Can we get the Wallabies, Socceroos and both the men’s and women’s Australian basketball teams again please? Didn’t the Wallabies and the Socceroos get good crowds? Sure, not great crowds, but still around what the AFL would draw?

Maybe with the left over cash we could get some top class cricket (as Thumper suggests) and some chips and a drink?

Holden Caulfield 9:46 am 12 Aug 09

I don’t necessarily want to see Geelong or St Kilda in Canberra, but I’d be happy to pitch in for a piss-off-Demetriou fund.

Weaselburger 9:45 am 12 Aug 09

here here, we havn’t had a good cricket match here since the west indies v Australia A years ago and that got rained out after 20 overs

Thumper 9:26 am 12 Aug 09

Or top class cricket.

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