Giants fans now have a Canberra jumper

johnboy 15 December 2011 25

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Rejoice oh Giants fans in Canberra.

Andrew Barr has launched the “Canberra home guernsey”:

The guernsey was an entry in the community design competition which was won by Brindabella College and another local Canberran, graphic designer John Garrard.

Having the GWS playing in Canberra is great news for local AFL fans.

It is also great news for Canberra’s tourism operators who will benefit greatly from the thousands of visitors games will attract from around our region.

The first home game in Canberra will be on 28 April 2012 against the Western Bulldogs.


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Shan Weereratne Shan Weereratne 2:50 pm 28 Sep 19

GWS, why not at least call yourself the GWS-Canberra giants to show your true commitment? That will at least justify the $23m the ACT government gifted you without our approval. The Canberra Raiders and the ACT Brumbies should inspire you.

poetix poetix 12:37 pm 17 Dec 11

johnboy said :

Re: skyrim, it’s the best thing there ever was

http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-personality-flaws-skyrim-forces-you-to-deal-with/

jenny123 jenny123 9:12 am 17 Dec 11

That photo shoot must have been all of Andrew’s dream’s coming true, there’s no faking the smile on that dile.

Typsy McStaggers Typsy McStaggers 2:23 pm 16 Dec 11

I don’t mind the jersey, and as an Aussie Rules tragic (go the pies), I will definitely be getting along to every game to support the AFL in Canberra, even thought I don’t like the concept of forcing the sport on to the Western Sydney demographic.

Seems to me GWS might stand for Greater Waste of Space, but I love the sport and will be there to support it. The AFL will make it work even if its a 25 year, 100 million dollar project (see Mike Sheehan’s article on the health of the game in the Herald Sun today).

NoImRight NoImRight 12:40 pm 16 Dec 11

Frustrated said :

NoImRight said :

I didnt know the Brumbies were out of favour. Is it already time to move on to a new sport and see “fans” walking around everywhere showing their newly found long term loyalty.

Ignorance is bliss it would seem.

Aussie Rules was played at the competition level, long before the two Rugby codes arrived in the Nations Capital.

Support for the two Rugby codes increased significantly with the influx of those from NSW and QLD. Further to this, when the APS stopped centralising and moving its staff to Canberra from the Southern States back in the mid-late 80s, support for the VFL/AFL and the code itself levelled out.

I arrived year in 1981, and I am happy to argue the point, that RU and RL did not dominate the minds of football fans back then.

The subtlety of my point may have been lost.You have the advantage of me in that I didnt get here until 1984 and dont have the ability to read the minds of people to find out what dominates them so cannot provide the hard facts you have done.

My point was more that in Canberra there seems to always be a sport thats flavour of the month, as long as they win. When I arrived here the Canberra Cannons were all the go with games televised live and “Super Coach Jerry Lee(sp?)” walking across LBG. With the arrival of the Raiders and the implosion of the Cannons support swung to them. After they started winning of course. I was a minor functionary in the “Green Machine” when they were still based in Qbn so, sadly, can recall crowd numbers as they both peaked and troughed. With the Raiders eventual levelling out suddenly the Brumbies were all the rage with Raiders caps and guernseys flung of and the ubiquitous Brumbies hats everywhere.

I have no strong feelings about AFL or its support in Canberra.I imagine this move will be seen as good by supporters.I was more obverving that a large portion of our sporting population are somewhat fickle and will no doubt jump on this bandwagon too.

Rollersk8r Rollersk8r 12:02 pm 16 Dec 11

Haters gonna hate. I like the guernsey! I grew up playing AFL, currently have Foxtel for no other reason than AFL and have signed up to GWS to support AFL. There, I said it. I like AFL.

funkylovebunny funkylovebunny 1:07 am 16 Dec 11

Frustrated said :

NoImRight said :

I didnt know the Brumbies were out of favour. Is it already time to move on to a new sport and see “fans” walking around everywhere showing their newly found long term loyalty.

Ignorance is bliss it would seem.

Aussie Rules was played at the competition level, long before the two Rugby codes arrived in the Nations Capital.

Support for the two Rugby codes increased significantly with the influx of those from NSW and QLD. Further to this, when the APS stopped centralising and moving its staff to Canberra from the Southern States back in the mid-late 80s, support for the VFL/AFL and the code itself levelled out.

I arrived year in 1981, and I am happy to argue the point, that RU and RL did not dominate the minds of football fans back then.

This is correct. Growing up back in the 70s, I was a supporter of the Manuka Bullants, and only one kid at my entire school played rugby league. The annual visit by two VFL teams to play an exhibition match at Manuka was a big deal back then. The VFL used to show live on TV on Saturday afternoons on CTC7; this was even before the Swans moved to Sydney and Sunday afternoon games were being broadcast. The only rugby league on TV in Canberra then was on ABC on Saturday afternoons; other than that, CTC7 showed a replay of a Sunday game on Sunday nights at 10.30pm after the movie was over.

LSWCHP LSWCHP 10:03 pm 15 Dec 11

Mumbucks said :

20 million
health system ?
schools?
infrastructure?
Art??
AFL . say no more

Oh +1 on that.

Mumbucks Mumbucks 9:27 pm 15 Dec 11

20 million
health system ?
schools?
infrastructure?
Art??
AFL . say no more

LSWCHP LSWCHP 8:08 pm 15 Dec 11

johnboy said :

Keijidosha said :

Ahhh, I see it now… although applying the same amount of interpretive thought I can also see a hypodermic needle, a fighter jet and a phallic owl.

Personally i see a giant dagger pointed at their own hearts.

I may, or may not, have been playing too much skyrim lately.

JB, I know this is off topic, but my boys are truly desperate for Skyrim for Christmas. Is it *really* that good?

    johnboy johnboy 8:51 pm 15 Dec 11

    Re: skyrim, it’s the best thing there ever was

Frustrated Frustrated 6:09 pm 15 Dec 11

NoImRight said :

I didnt know the Brumbies were out of favour. Is it already time to move on to a new sport and see “fans” walking around everywhere showing their newly found long term loyalty.

Ignorance is bliss it would seem.

Aussie Rules was played at the competition level, long before the two Rugby codes arrived in the Nations Capital. Support for the two Rugby codes increased significantly with the influx of those from NSW and QLD. Further to this, when the APS stopped centralising and moving its staff to Canberra from the Southern States back in the mid-late 80s, support for the VFL/AFL and the code itself levelled out.

I arrived year in 1981, and I am happy to argue the point, that RU and RL did not dominate the minds of football fans back then.

damien haas damien haas 6:07 pm 15 Dec 11

I know a club house and training facilities with ovals attached in Griffith that could be used as a local base. Apparently the incumbent sporting club doesnt need it anymore.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 5:58 pm 15 Dec 11

So Barr spends what was it.. $20m(?) of Canberra taxpayers money to get a handful of home games for what must be the 3rd or 4th most popular participation sport in this city and in exchange they whack a very stylised version of a Canberra landmark on their shirts (so stylised in fact that it takes some Canberran’s a while to work out what the hell it is) for home games only. No-one outside the ACT sees this ‘value for money’ advertising?!

I’m having great difficulty seeing any value in this. Like Stanehope with his art, this is just Barr indulging his personal passion with someone else’s money. Another piss-poor decision that has lost Labor my vote at the next election:(

Waiting For Godot Waiting For Godot 5:15 pm 15 Dec 11

gazket said :

more of our money being flushed down the toilet by Labour

Almost 70 years after Ben Chifley changed the spelling to Labor and people are still spelling it with a u.

gazket gazket 4:54 pm 15 Dec 11

more of our money being flushed down the toilet by Labour

p1 p1 4:12 pm 15 Dec 11

Keijidosha said :

I was going to submit a design for this competition, but then I took an arrow to the knee.

There is a lot of that going ’round the internets right now. I assume it has something to do with all the archery thefts round Canberra lately? 🙂

Keijidosha Keijidosha 3:51 pm 15 Dec 11

I was going to submit a design for this competition, but then I took an arrow to the knee.

johnboy johnboy 3:46 pm 15 Dec 11

Keijidosha said :

Ahhh, I see it now… although applying the same amount of interpretive thought I can also see a hypodermic needle, a fighter jet and a phallic owl.

Personally i see a giant dagger pointed at their own hearts.

I may, or may not, have been playing too much skyrim lately.

Keijidosha Keijidosha 3:44 pm 15 Dec 11

johnboy said :

that’s a telstrayama.

Ahhh, I see it now… although applying the same amount of interpretive thought I can also see a hypodermic needle, a fighter jet and a phallic owl.

p1 p1 3:03 pm 15 Dec 11

I misread the title as Giant fans now have a Canberra jumper”, and was expecting to see one of the wind turbines had been painted in Raiders colours…

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