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Canberra’s A-league bid officially ends

By Holden Caulfield - 25 May 2012 27

Ivan Slavich has just sent out a lengthy tome detailing the demise of Canberra’s official bid for an A-league team. It reads in part:

Dear foundation member,

It is with much sadness and regret that I write to inform you that our quest for an A League team for Canberra is over. I would like to thank the many people that helped us on our journey and I am still totally perplexed that despite our credentials, we have been repeatedly denied entry into the A League competition.

He then goes on to thank the many people involved before adding:

We were overlooked when the comp expanded from 8 to 12 a couple of years ago and those chosen have not fired up other than Melbourne Heart. Townsville is gone, Gold Coast is gone and West Sydney did not get up. The recent eviction of the Gold Coast created another opportunity and despite Ben Buckley the CEO of the FFA admitting to me that our bid was more advanced than West Sydney, the FFA have gone with West Sydney for strategic regions because of the larger population base, pouring in $4m of FFA money and supported by $8m of federal government money.

For the record, I had tried previously to obtain a grant from the federal government given that we are the Nation’s capital, but was advised that they do not support individual teams, so the West Sydney deal is somewhat surprising, although I note the support is for football in general.

Okay, so what about the $200 that over 2000 individuals have coughed up?

Given that the FFA has overlooked Canberra and in accordance with the terms of the trust deed, the trustees have determined to refund your money. It is my intention to run a couple of sessions at the Hellenic Club Woden on a Saturday between 10am and 1pm, whereby you will need to produce your certificate of membership and photo identification, either a licence or passport, where upon you will receive a cheque for your refund. I will provide further notice as to the exact days that we will be conducting these sessions and will endeavour to advertise on radio and in the press. Other arrangements will be made for people interstate or who cannot travel.

You will have two options;-

– Receive a full refund of the money you deposited; or
– Elect to have the money you invested in our bid to further promote elite men’s football in the ACT. Please reply to this email stating that you agree to this if you elect this option.

Hmm, I seem to recall it was quite a bit easier to send in the $200 than it appears it will be to get it back.

For what it’s worth I’m disappointed we couldn’t land an A-league team in Canberra. I’m not certain it would have been an outstanding success, but would have liked our city to have been given a fair go.

What’s Your opinion?


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Canberra’s A-league bid officially ends
Holden Caulfield 11:42 pm 26 May 12

League.
Union.
Aussie Rules.
Football.

It’s not friggin rocket science, haha.

And if people are willing to pull their heads out of their collective arses they’ll see there’s a lot to like about all four codes.

I get more affronted by the use of AFL to refer to the broader game of Aussie Rules. You don’t say I’m gonna go and play a game of Super 15s, or go to the park for a game of NRL.

p1 7:50 pm 26 May 12

In my opinion, the insistant use of the term “football” by the various soccer interests, when communicating with the wider public, is as much trolling as anything else.

“Football” is as much slang, or at best an abbreviation, when we are talking about Association Football as it is when talking of Australian Rules Football.

It shits me when SBS and ABC refer in a news broadcast to the Football (meaning soccer) and Rugby and AFL. If they weren’t trying to activity change the language used by the majority of Australians, they wouldn’t insist on doing this.

If they don’t like “soccer” as an abrev. for Association Football, I am willing to use AssBall instead.

JimCharles 6:59 pm 26 May 12

It’s very confusing over here…..a Foxtel sales rep was telling me they have to have a little reminder card to tell them which of the ball sports the locals are talking about when they ask about “football”, depending where they’re ringing from in Australia.
If they do manage to expand franchises all across the nation, you can’t all be calling them the same thing, or have different names in different states, it’s crazy.
It’s even more confusing when none of them are “football” and all played mainly with the hands !
I can understand it more with AFL which has some great kicking, but rugby? That’s why it’s called rugby…because it’s not football.

Duffbowl 5:32 pm 26 May 12

dvaey said :

Also, why dont they call it soccer?

It could be that, as one of the nations that has a form of football other than Association Football as it’s primary version, by moving to the term “Football”, we’re actually catching up with the rest of the world.

SnapperJack said :

“Elite men’s football in the ACT”? You mean the Raiders or the Brumbies? Oh, no it’s just another attempt by the soccer brigade to hijack the word football to refer specifically to their little fringe indulgence. When will they ever learn?

I call troll…

SnapperJack 3:00 pm 26 May 12

“Elite men’s football in the ACT”? You mean the Raiders or the Brumbies? Oh, no it’s just another attempt by the soccer brigade to hijack the word football to refer specifically to their little fringe indulgence. When will they ever learn?

dvaey 2:10 pm 26 May 12

Holden Caulfield said :

From Slavich’s letter:

“With regard to the second point, I have held a discussion with Heather Reid CEO of Capital Football, any surplus funds per point 2, together with interest earned in the trust, minus payment of any statutory liabilities, will be provided to Capital Football, to further elite men’s football in the ACT and surrounding region.”

So, I guess there *is* interest being paid on this ‘trust’ account? Also, why dont they call it soccer? Also, looking at their website, it seems that womens soccer is doing significantly better than mens soccer, maybe the money should be given to them, they might actually be able to get a return on it unlike the A-league teams seem to be doing.

Holden Caulfield 1:44 pm 26 May 12

dvaey said :

The money isnt going ‘towards local football development’, it is going towards ‘promoting elite mens football’… the brumbies and raiders come to mind. Why isnt it being put into promoting non-elite mens football? The ‘elite’ sports are already making more than enough money.

From Slavich’s letter:

“With regard to the second point, I have held a discussion with Heather Reid CEO of Capital Football, any surplus funds per point 2, together with interest earned in the trust, minus payment of any statutory liabilities, will be provided to Capital Football, to further elite men’s football in the ACT and surrounding region.”

I don’t think Capital Football has any influence or input into the Brumbies or Raiders. 😉

dvaey 1:30 pm 26 May 12

Battlecat said :

It’s sad that it’s come to this, but the writing has been on the wall for a while. Thanks to Ivan and the team for their huge effort. I suspect most of the members will donate their money towards local football development, Mrs Battlecat and I will be.
The Riotact got a mention in the letter I see, nice!

The money isnt going ‘towards local football development’, it is going towards ‘promoting elite mens football’… the brumbies and raiders come to mind. Why isnt it being put into promoting non-elite mens football? The ‘elite’ sports are already making more than enough money.

Holden Caulfield 1:19 pm 26 May 12

johnboy said :

Battlecat said :

The Riotact got a mention in the letter I see, nice!

We did? What did they say?

“We also had tremendous support from our media partners, namely Ken Nicolls from the Canberra Times, Nick & Julie Samaris from Canberra Weekly, Ian Miekle from City News, Eoghan O’Byrne from Canberra FM ( FM 104.7 & MIX 106.3), Leon Buchanan from WIN News and reporters Erin Molan and Greg Thomson, Tim Gavel from ABC Grandstand, Mark Parton from 2CC, SBS – the World Game, the Riotact, ABC news, 2XX, Roar – Sports opinion, fourfourtwo, Sydney Morning Herald, Herald Sun, sportbizinsider, the Age and a host of other local and national media.”

johnboy 1:01 pm 26 May 12

Battlecat said :

The Riotact got a mention in the letter I see, nice!

We did? What did they say?

Battlecat 12:24 pm 26 May 12

It’s sad that it’s come to this, but the writing has been on the wall for a while. Thanks to Ivan and the team for their huge effort. I suspect most of the members will donate their money towards local football development, Mrs Battlecat and I will be.
The Riotact got a mention in the letter I see, nice!

dungfungus 4:06 pm 25 May 12

Jungle Jim said :

Maybe I’m wrong, but I thought there was no interest paid to a trust account.

There was certainly “no interest” paid to Canberra’s A-League bid.

Jungle Jim 3:22 pm 25 May 12

Maybe I’m wrong, but I thought there was no interest paid to a trust account.

Holden Caulfield 1:39 pm 25 May 12

Well said dvaey.

dvaey 1:26 pm 25 May 12

If they have a list of members, that they can match against photo ID, why dont they just send a $200 cheque to every member? The interest theyve made on that 400k should be a good start to “further promote elite men’s football in the ACT”, since I guarantee none of the ‘investors’ will get a penny more than they first put up, at least none of the individual 2000 investors anyway.. maybe the businesses and CEOs will.

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