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Now our Brumby friends… about the name?

By johnboy - 22 May 2009 26

The Canberra Times reports that Jon Stanhope, fresh from giving them over half a mil just for being so gosh darned cute, is gently suggesting to the Brumbies that they might want to consider re-instating the “ACT” in their name.

Brumbies boss Andrew Fagan, having already banked the cheque, is notso hotso on the idea:

    Mr Fagan said the geographical and sponsorship reach of the Brumbies went far beyond Canberra and returning ACT to their name ”was not something we intend on revisiting”.

    ”But we are working with the Government to look at ways we can incorporate greater visual representation of Canberra at our games and on our playing jerseys,” he said.

Perhaps the broader “geographical and sponsorship” area would like to cough up the cash next time?

Should ACT taxpayers fund a team that's too ashamed of us to include ACT in their name?

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In other happier news the Brumbies have announced that George Smith has been named the Super 14 Australian player of the series for an astonishing fourth year running.

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Now our Brumby friends… about the name?
MrMagoo 1:12 pm 22 May 09

No you’re right on that score, however, how often do the Brumbies expect the ACT Government and us the taxpayers to prop them up and how often will they threaten to quit Canberra if funding isn’t forthcoming.

My point was, that sport in the ACT is doing it tough with smaller and smaller funding pools and dwindling resources and minor organisations struggle to see the way forward when two or three organisations get all of the money. Sport and Recreation is for everyone not the chosen few.

All any of us ever asks is for an attempt at a level playing field when it comes to funding. We don’t expect millions but some would be nice.

Ko. 1:06 pm 22 May 09

MrMagoo said :

I participate in Sport for People with a Disability, and we’d love and could run our sport on a tenth of that money for years.

I highly doubt your sport benefits the region financially to the tune of even 1/20th of that money over several years though, which is the point here to be honest.

Ko. 12:58 pm 22 May 09

More than likely, the ACT Government are willing to stump them up as it’s in their best interests to have a top flight Rugby Union team in the city regardless of the name. f they were to collapse for whatever reason it would lower the chances of international games being played here which is what Stanhope wants more than anything.

I’d prefer my tax dollars went to elite sporting teams rather than more art installations. *shrugs*

MrMagoo 12:58 pm 22 May 09

S4anta said :

johnboy said :

No need for ACT Government funding then!

What a load of sweaty testicles.

They bring in travellers from the areas around the ACT to spend their hard earnt cash at pubs and hotels. The economic spin offs alone from our country neighbours ought be enough to warrant this spending.

No it shouldn’t. Why doe local sports and clubs get less and less so that the Brumbies and Raiders get more and more, just because these two wave the ‘…well if we don’t get funding we’ll move!’ stick at the Government everytime.

I participate in Sport for People with a Disability, and we’d love and could run our sport on a tenth of that money for years.

S4anta 12:53 pm 22 May 09

johnboy said :

No need for ACT Government funding then!

What a load of sweaty testicles.

They bring in travellers from the areas around the ACT to spend their hard earnt cash at pubs and hotels. The economic spin offs alone from our country neighbours ought be enough to warrant this spending.

willo 12:35 pm 22 May 09

no….act brumbies or tell em to pissoff….the pack of self important wankers

caf 12:28 pm 22 May 09

Would “Southern Brumbies” be an acceptable compromise?

MrMagoo 11:54 am 22 May 09

Sorry for the typos in my last post. I wrote it in a hurry with a bit of steam up, this issue really gives the the Sh1ts.

MrMagoo 11:52 am 22 May 09

johnboy said :

No need for ACT Government funding then!

Couldn’t agree more Johnboy, if they put their hand out to get cash from the ACT Government, then they shoudl have ACT in their name. I’m sick of clubs trading in their identity in this country. The biggest sporting teams in the world always go by their full name. Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chicago Bulls. None of these internationally recognisable sporting clubs identifies itself by it’s sponsor. If the ACT Brumbies want ACT taxpayer money, then get the naem back on the team, if not, take the Franchise to Melbourne, Western Sydney or Gold Coast and call yourselves whatever you want.

Kudos to the CT, they refuse to paly the game and list all of the Super 14 teams by their full provincial name.

johnboy 11:43 am 22 May 09

No need for ACT Government funding then!

Ko. 11:36 am 22 May 09

The Brumbies junior catchment also encompasses surrounding NSW areas such as Cooma, Goulburn and Yass. All of these players contribute enough money and effort in actually playing the game to have their right as non-ACT resident identified ( or in the case not identified).

I think it’s perfectly fine to not be called the ACT Brumbies, as it’s not solely an ACT team.

johnboy 11:31 am 22 May 09

And how many $$$s do the councils of southern NSW chip in for the naming veto right?

justbands 11:29 am 22 May 09

>So, you’re happy to disassociate the team from Southern NSW? Brumbies Rugby consists of the ACTRU, South Coast RU and Southern Inland RU and “ACT and Southern NSW Brumbies” is too wordy.

They’re not included now, what’s the difference? They are simply called “The Brumbies”, there’s no mention of the ACT OR Southern NSW. Yes, they get support from those places you’ve listed (most welcome support too I’m sure), but by far the majority of their support, all of their facilities & a good number of their players are from right here in the ACT.

rugbyskier 11:24 am 22 May 09

So, you’re happy to disassociate the team from Southern NSW? Brumbies Rugby consists of the ACTRU, South Coast RU and Southern Inland RU and “ACT and Southern NSW Brumbies” is too wordy.

People travel from Cooma, Jindabyne, Young, Nowra to Brumbies home games, are they supposed to FO and support the Sydney Waratahs?

justbands 9:32 am 22 May 09

The money is funding The Brumbies? My take is that it is funding ACT Junior Rugby Union.

Regardless, I’m still dirty on The Brumbies for dropping the “ACT” from their name. It’s something I will never forgive them for & whilst I still go to the games…I won’t buy any merch for myself or my son & prefer instead to stick to the old stuff with “ACT” proudly displayed.

They are the NSW Pansies, the Queensland Reds, the Western Force…why not the ACT Brumbies?

Wake up Fagan, make a decision that gives the countries premier Rugby breeding ground an identity again.

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