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Kangaroos hiking their skirts Canberra’s way (again)?

By LG - 6 May 2009 25

To show that they really loved playing in Canberra after all… forget it….

The Australian reports that the North Melbourne Kangaroos, after begrudingly being forced to play in Canberra for all those years in return for their economic survival, may, in fact, be returning (if the price is right).

After dumping Canberra for the bright lights (and bigger pay cheques) of the Gold Coast before going all fridgit and returning to Melbourne when they realised the AFL thought there’d be merit in relocating an economically unviable, low supporter base team to QLD permanetely. The Roos have found out that no matter who they whore themselves too, they just can’t turn a buck.

The solution now they’ve stagnated in Melbourne and the Gold Coast has been taken? Come back to the beginning, cap in hand, to the AFL and ACT Government to try their luck again. The catch? They would require a far bigger financial commitment than the $250,000 to $300,000 they were getting, per game, last time they were here. We’re apparently talking a multi-million-dollar deal from the ACT and AFL.

As the Kangaroo’s Chief Executive noted, Hawthorn is the benchmark in developing a secondary fan base. The difference being (despite Tasmania being a more footy friendly market), Hawthorn actually put the effort into developing their fan base by going out to schools, attending community events, heck they went to Launceston the day after they won the Grand Final! History suggests that the Kangaroos are that interesting in actually becoming involved in their secondary community.

Now, I LOVE my footy and the more games in Canberra the better (hell… I’d just like stupid Prime and Southern Cross to put the games on FTA at a reasonable time….). But in these days of pig-flu and global financial turmoil… 7 years of Budget deficit… (and the AFL’s desire to set up a Western Sydney team) I don’t know if the Roo’s are worth it. At the very least they’d have to commit to actually doing something in return for the money, other than fly-in fly-out matches.

… but apparantly they’re “not talking about selling one-off games to make money, that would be short-sighted”.

So, any Roo’s supporters out there? Anyone else keen for the AFL to have another crack at the Canberra market – but perhaps with a team that may be more committed to our local area?

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Kangaroos hiking their skirts Canberra’s way (again)?
Primal 1:22 pm 06 May 09

The Axe Man said :

I’m happy as long as I don’t have to see Sydney here every game (or any game for that matter)

Amen.

astrojax 12:41 pm 06 May 09

north can sod off – i hope they get walloped by eighty points whoever they play (unless its the crows, then they can have a nil-all draw)

LG 12:27 pm 06 May 09

It seems we’re all in agreement! Someone should tell Minister Barr!

It must be a bad idea (for Canberra) if even all us footy lovers hate it.

barking toad 12:23 pm 06 May 09

Prostitutes provide a service for money

Norf just want the money without the service

Heavs 12:16 pm 06 May 09

Prostitutes. They went to Gold Coast for the shiny dollars then, halway through that little adventure, had a ‘road to damascus’ type conversion and decided they did not want to whore themselves out anymore and would ‘die on their feet’ back in Melbourne. That was less than 12 months ago. I guess being a prostitute is just too easy.

They took enough from us last time for zero return. We should not give them any shiny gold and should dance on their grave when they fold as a Melbourne entity.

Holden Caulfield 12:01 pm 06 May 09

The sooner North bites the bullet, or relocates out of Melbourne the better.

I dare say Tasmania or the history books are their best option. And not necessarily in that order.

colourful sydney rac 11:32 am 06 May 09

barking toad said :

These whores can fark off if for no other reason than 1977.

And that night Grand Final when Kerry Good was awarded a mark so long after the siren that most players were in the rooms with their boots off.

Agreed! but we showed them on Friday night…

Loose Brown 11:19 am 06 May 09

Kangaroos shafted us – I will object to any hard earned ACT tax dollars rewarding them for that.

The Axe Man 11:15 am 06 May 09

I’m happy as long as I don’t have to see Sydney here every game (or any game for that matter)

barking toad 11:01 am 06 May 09

Your second question, the answer is no. As for the rest, the structure of the AFL recruiting system (for the top level) doesn’t accommodate it.

Canberra will never have it’s own AFL team.

dvaey 10:38 am 06 May 09

If theres such a benefit to having a team and its going to involve multi-million dollar per game investments, why dont we just have our own team? Are there not enough players within ACT AFL that could be drawn upon to make a representative side? Why on earth would we want to spend that sort of money to an interstate club, when we could use a similar sum to start our own team, should there really be that much of a desire to have a Canberra-based team. Id imagine the local ACT AFL clubs would much appreciate having a local team to increase funding to their cause and give an avenue for juniors to step-up into.

LG 10:37 am 06 May 09

barking toad said :

Just imagine, Norf v Melb at Manuka. Crowd about 850, largely made up of support staff and mayoral appointees.

Good point! And that’s part of the problem. Unless a team is willing to put the effort into building local support, the only games that will attract a decent crowd are the Sydney ones.

barking toad 10:18 am 06 May 09

No chance of a second Sydney team despite the fat Andy spiel.

But, back to the Norf prostitution.

Just imagine, Norf v Melb at Manuka. Crowd about 850, largely made up of support staff and mayoral appointees.

These whores can fark off if for no other reason than 1977.

And that night Grand Final when Kerry Good was awarded a mark so long after the siren that most players were in the rooms with their boots off.

ebony57 10:04 am 06 May 09

The Roos? Nup. They can bugger off.

But yes, am generally keen for the AFL to try again. I believe that Canberrans are generally very good at supporting top level sporting events, regardless of the flavour.

Maybe this is a good opportunity for the second Sydney team, though.

barking toad 9:59 am 06 May 09

There are some dedicated Norf supporters around. Just not enough.

The ACT government (read – ACT taxpayers) funding this junket makes as much sense as starting a tree monument in a drought. So it will get mayoral interest for headline value.

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