My god, is it really any wonder that next to no one could be bothered going to watch the Sydney v Melbourne game? I am amazed that nearly 7,000 turned up to watch it.
Are we supposed to be so very grateful to get any crappy old teams & game for our $366K of territory money. Why bother having Sydney Swans play here – not just because they are a dull and uninspiring stoppage-play footy team – but their game is on free-to-air tv (another pet hate of mine which I have ranted about before on RA) every week!! Why would you pay to sit at Manuka in the cold when you can watch it on your TV at home? Give us a real reason to get down to Manuka Oval and spend our bucks on a seat.
I, like Andrew Barr in The Age, demand better quality teams playing here from 2010 onwards for our $400K of territory money that will appeal to more than just the Sydneysiders who can be bothered coming down from Sydney for the day (so really, what injection of money would there really be into the ACT to justify buying the game in the first place??) to watch when their team happens to be playing well – because god knows as they enter the doldrums in coming years they won’t! Two quality Melbourne teams or a Melbourne team versus Adelaide or Brisbane is far more likely to have interstate fans flying in for the weekend to bring some real money and crowds here.