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Canberra too ignorant and un-australian for AFL?

By johnboy - 2 June 2009 74

Over on The Roar someone called Pippinu has had a lengthy spray on the unworthiness of Canberra, or Sydney for that matter for “the Australian game”:

    One positive for Melburnians is that they get to have a bit of a look at their old MCG scoreboard which will bring back many memories.

    Apart from that, Manuka, and Canberra generally, has very little to offer the AFL, and they should leave the city, and its bureaucrats, to the other codes.

    The lack of understanding and appreciation for the Australian game in Canberra is only rivalled by one other city, and that is Sydney, who are on the verge of getting a second team, when they barely deserve the first one.

Are we unworthy?

What’s Your opinion?


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Canberra too ignorant and un-australian for AFL?
barking toad 11:51 am 02 Jun 09

Collingwood fans can spell feral, too. 🙂

MrMagoo 11:44 am 02 Jun 09

barking toad said :

Collingwood get more spectators at training sessions than most league clubs get at their games.

There’s plenty of passion for AFL in Canberra but it’s mainly for clubs supported from the old VFL. And then there’s the Swans supporters who are gay.

Typical Collingwood Fan. Everyone else’s supporters are gay or whatever. You’ve had one recent Premiership, nearly 20 years ago and since then you’ve bumbled and stumbled your way through year after year, choking twice. Grow up move on or get back to Melbourne with the rest of the ferrals.

MrMagoo 11:42 am 02 Jun 09

I think Canberran’s as a group of psorts lovers do understand the game and deserve to see it as much as anyone. Victorian’s claim Australian football as their own. but if you call it Australian football by that definition alone, everyone can and does understand it.

On the other point, i don’t support a 2nd team in sydney. It’s doomed to failure and the AFL will be pouring good money after bad. the Sydney market is saturated with football of amny codes, a 2nd team isn’t a viable option no matter how mcuh Andrew Demetriou wants us to believe it. I think Tassie deserves the next team long before a 2nd Sydney team should exist.

chewy14 11:30 am 02 Jun 09

barking toad said :

Collingwood get more spectators at training sessions than most league clubs get at their games.

Collingwood get 15000 to their training sessions now?

I know AFL supporters are lazy but surely some of them have jobs to go to.

barking toad 11:16 am 02 Jun 09

Collingwood get more spectators at training sessions than most league clubs get at their games.

There’s plenty of passion for AFL in Canberra but it’s mainly for clubs supported from the old VFL. And then there’s the Swans supporters who are gay.

Primal 10:00 am 02 Jun 09

The Eagles scarf on the back of my chair at work is appalled by this attitude.

Nambucco Deliria 9:57 am 02 Jun 09

Wellington Sludge said :

There are plenty of people in the ACT who are supporters of an AFL team, so yes we are worthy. However, when moronic comments like “you get points for missing a goal” are bandied about by the ignorant masses, you can start to understand why we are under-appreciated by Victorians. (Not to mention the fact that general NSW and ACT residents do not support their sporting teams with even half the religious fervour that happens in SA, WA and Vic. (as anyone who has lived in those states can attest to).

You do get points for missing a goal, though – don’t you?

astrojax 9:49 am 02 Jun 09

if the largest city and the nation’s capital ‘don’t get it’, it is a bit rich calling it ‘the australian game’, then innit?

as for skid and woody and co., the denigrators, i would suggest that beneath the seething intoxication with the sport (and all sports) in melbourne there also run veins of such malcontent, so don’t think you speak for ‘canberra’. go on, call buddy franklin and big bad barry hall ‘stumbling skinny boys’ to their faces. go on. guts? mebbe they’ll treat you to some of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlgcLrpswhg. aw, diddums.

nobody can touch the poor diddums. really? you have to dispose of the ball before being tackled; no rule to prohibit tackles…

Growling Ferret 9:39 am 02 Jun 09

Near enough 13000 people turned up on a bitterly cold day to watch a game that was being broadcast live against the gate? They delay telecasts in Melbourne to maximise crowds, something that isn’t done in Canberra.

As for passion, if Collingwood, Carlton, Essendon or Richmond ever played here (and it won’t happen) you would get passionate fans. They would be feral, but passionate!

Home games sold to Canberra by poorly supported clubs such as the Dogs and Dees will not generate any less atmosphere than 15,000 people at the cavernous MCG…

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:32 am 02 Jun 09

Oh noes. We’re not worthy for your ‘sport’ in which skinny little boys literally stumble around chasing a ball bouncing out of control. We only have the skills to kick a ball through one set of posts, over a bar, not “three sets so you don’t feel bad if you miss, and along the ground will be fine, son, don’t stretch yourself.” We don’t have the guts to play a game where once somebody actually manages to picks up a ball, nobody can touch the poor diddums.

AFL – Absolutely F.cking Lame.

deezagood 9:27 am 02 Jun 09

I moved from QLD to Victoria as a primary school aged child and I just couldn’t fathom the rampant obsession with the AFL (which was then VFL); the kids literally grew up on a diet of football, collecting footy cards, trading/swapping them at school, obsessing about players, playing on weekends and every school recess and lunchtime, branding duffle coats with player’s numbers and so on. It was an all-consuming football fervour that was much more obsessive than a typical QLD’s kid’s approach to the rugby. The adults weren’t much better. No – this type of devout, obsessive fervour isn’t as prevalent in Canberra or Sydney … (thank goodness) so if that is the litmus test for being ‘worthy’ then we probably do fail. That doesn’t mean we won’t pay money to watch the games and/or lend *sensible, moderate* support to a local team.

peterh 9:26 am 02 Jun 09

speaking as a port supporter, who goes home to adelaide infrequently, we are not overly fanatical about the game. much. really.

Skidd Marx 9:19 am 02 Jun 09

Lack of understanding? Yeah two teams trying to boot a piece of leather through some sticks with minimal rules is a mind-bending concept. Typical Victorian dikhead.

The Axe Man 9:15 am 02 Jun 09

I think Pippinu has in wrong. A new Sydney team, and by extension Canberra, can and will offer the AFL quite a lot.
It’s about increasing the game in Australia’s biggest market and thus increasing the broadcast rights, tipped to hit about 1 billion dollars

It’s not about what Canberra or Sydney can offer in terms of football nous, it’s about putting money in the coffers.

He does nothing to address the fact that Sydney and Canberra both garner larger crowds than League does (I’m not sure about Rugby or soccer crowds but I would think they would be larger than that as well if not the same). Does League deserve a team in Canberra or X number of teams in Sydney?

I think Pippinu has another agenda. Perhaps a Canberra soccer supporter?

Wellington Sludge 9:11 am 02 Jun 09

There are plenty of people in the ACT who are supporters of an AFL team, so yes we are worthy. However, when moronic comments like “you get points for missing a goal” are bandied about by the ignorant masses, you can start to understand why we are under-appreciated by Victorians. (Not to mention the fact that general NSW and ACT residents do not support their sporting teams with even half the religious fervour that happens in SA, WA and Vic. (as anyone who has lived in those states can attest to).

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