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Dogs savage Swans at Manuka

By johnboy - 26 February 2007 24

The AFL has a match report of the 97-70 defeat of the Sydney Swans by the Bulldogs at Manuka Oval on Saturday. Llamafrog was in the thick of the action and sent in a pic from his camera:

The AFL puts the crowd at 5,557. Did everyone have a good time?

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Dogs savage Swans at Manuka
astrojax 5:16 pm 26 Feb 07

you don’t need to be a fan of the game, bonfire, but why do you seem to resent football (fusbol, soccer, whatever)?

i was going to mention the olympic crowd before i saw stan bowles did… with few [none] other games of a real competitive nature to compare, i think you’d be suprised if a fair dunkum game was played here. don’t rekkun bruce would cope with the numbers, me…

reached its peak? watch that space!

bonfire 5:01 pm 26 Feb 07

yeah 7 years ago!

just wait for the soccer peopel to shoot themselves in the foot – again.

i note the gracious way adelaide handled losing their grand final.

i would say that soccer is the sport that has reached its peak.

afl world domination is only just beginning.

stan_bowles 4:38 pm 26 Feb 07

Well there was 25,000 for the olympic soccer (source: a site not a million miles from here

bonfire 4:29 pm 26 Feb 07

afl matches at manuka average 10k a match. peak was last year at 15k (14,992).

this is in a ‘rugby’ town.

peak rugby attendance (i dont know the diff between the multiple rugby flavours) was 26k at a ‘super 14 match’ whatever super 14 is.

you show me the 10k PAYING punters to go and see soccer in this town and i’ll row billy goggin across the barwon river in a bathtub.

stan_bowles 4:23 pm 26 Feb 07

No, the soccer match was a pre-season fixture featuring second tier players, so its fairer to compare it to a pre-season AFL match featuring second tier players.

Your comparison is like comparing the olympic soccer at Bruce stadium (bruce stadium was filled on every occasion) to saturdays AFL game.

Basketball boom of the mid 90’s had nothing to do with basketball world cup and everything to do with worldwide NBA marketing push.

World Cup has led to increased interest from casual fans, but I’d say with record participation rates, A-League temas playing in the Asian Champions League, better player retention, returning stars and hopefully expansion, soccer crowds in this country will only continue to grow.

Soccer in this country has limitless potential, AFL, while a great game, has pretty much reached critical mass. The soccer world cup involves over 200 nations, AFL has to change its rules to play against Ireland.

bonfire 3:50 pm 26 Feb 07

the nab match was a pre-season, reserves match!

id say that the three AFL matches played last year woudl be more realistic.

manuka oval was filled on every occasion.

soccer is going through a basketball like reincarnation right now. but as soon as the ‘aura’ of the world cup fades away, so will crowd numbers. just like basketball in oz.

DarkLadyWolfMother 3:32 pm 26 Feb 07

My dog would be happy with that, since swans have savaged her…

Oh wait. It’s just a game. Good thing I didn’t read the headline to her.

stan_bowles 3:07 pm 26 Feb 07

I content there’s more interest in soccer than AFL within Canberra, based on comparing crowds for two similar fixtures and the latest Sweeney Report. Participation rates are also higher for soccer than AFL in Canberra.

bonfire 2:09 pm 26 Feb 07

that has to be one of the most meaningless posts ive seen on ra.

do you seriously contend that soccer is more popular than AFL ?

stan_bowles 12:37 pm 26 Feb 07

Compare that with last years 7226 crowd for Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets at Canberra Stadium, another meaningless contest largely involving second tier players.

Also latest Sweeney report indicates (real) football is the sport most Canberrans are interested in:

Source: Sweeney Sports Report – winter 2006
———————AFL – Football – RU – RL
Canberra ———– 39 —- 60 —- 58 —- 48

barking toad 11:37 am 26 Feb 07

Can anyone give a realistic crowd estimate?

TV view didn’t support the claim of 5557

Growling Ferret 11:36 am 26 Feb 07

A 5500 crowd was disappointing, but the Canberra Show on the same day and attracted 50,000. The thunderstorms that were rolling in (and avoided Manuka by some miracle) also lowered the potential crowd….

But Swans fans knew not to turn up to watch the Reserves team run around

bonfire 11:24 am 26 Feb 07

it was great to see aker and goodes on the same paddock.

not often you see two brownlow medallists at the same time – especially at manuka.

i thought the swans team was a little ‘young’ resembling the team they fielded for the actafl grandfinal.

i dont think nab matches are taken that seriously by most teams.

crap crowd too. i think there were only 9 people at the ground.

perhaps related to the late start time.

johnboy 11:10 am 26 Feb 07

hehe, made you look!

sheer 10:54 am 26 Feb 07

Geeeeeez JB, I read that headline before the rest of the front page loaded and was almost sick. Then I scroll down and find out its just about some sports thingy.

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