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Roos are gone

By johnboy - 13 July 2006 39

Thanks to Growling Ferret, here’s the letter sent to Kangaroos fans:

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Dear Member,

As you are well aware, the Kangaroos have played a package of home matches in secondary markets for the best part of a decade – most recently playing a package of three matches at Manuka Oval. This has been part of the club’s long-term plan for growing our brand and increasing our national support base.

I am writing to inform you that while we have had a great relationship in Canberra, the Board of the Kangaroos has taken the decision that we will not be renewing our contract with the ACT Government in 2007 and as such the Kangaroos will play a maximum of 10 games over the next three seasons on the Gold Coast.

Our decision on this matter was not made lightly. It was very difficult, and the issues very complex. We undertook an enormous amount of research and due diligence.

In the end we had to decide – in the long term interests of the club – that the opportunities for greater exposure of our brand on the Gold Coast and the potential for growth outweighed the benefits of remaining in the present arrangement in Canberra.

Throughout the decision making process the prime considerations of the Board have been the Kangaroos members, supporters, and the future growth and success of this football club.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the tremendous contribution of the ACT Government, the AFL, AFL New South Wales, AFL Canberra, the local football community, our corporate partners and most importantly our members.

We have had fantastic support in Canberra and wanted to let our Kangaroos supporters know how much we value their contribution and support to the success of the club and the growth of football in the region. We sincerely hope this support continues.

We are sure our joint commitment over the past six years will provide a strong foundation for AFL football to continue to prosper in the ACT region.

Again, I wanted on the behalf of the Board and the Club to acknowledge your support of the Kangaroos and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship with our Canberra-based supporters.


Graham Duff AM
Kangaroos Chairman

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39 Responses to
Roos are gone
Heavs 12:55 pm 14 Jul 06

I don’t think you like Canberra very much dude. There is a consistent theme to your little posts.

I would say that the crowd for the game held earlier this year at Carrara is an indication of what the whores will be getting in coming years. Still less that 10K but without the benefit of a clean arena. Shortsighted on their part but most people would be glad they have left.

thetruth 12:47 pm 14 Jul 06

What opportunity?

To play at a ground that doesn’t look good on TV in front of 10,000 supporters (of which 8,000 don’t actually go for the team)in a market that is growing below the national average and where you have to deal with an amatuer hour government.

After five years the roos only have 1,500 members here – they will get that in the first 12 months in the Gold Coast. I have no doubt that in the future they will become the Gold Coast Kangaroo’s.

may not be the best for Canberra, but was the only sound commercial move they could make. My only concern is that Carlton didn’t take up the opportunity to play in the growth market.

toriness 11:53 am 14 Jul 06

good riddance to a nothing team. the roos suck.

i hope a far more interesting club like melbourne or carlton takes up this opportunity. go the blues!

barking toad 11:10 am 14 Jul 06

“Dear Canberra Member,

as you are well aware, we have been prostituting ourselves in Canberra for some years by playing home games there because we can’t make enough money by playing home games in Melbourne.

We have now been courted by another suitor and can make more money by pulling up our panties in Canberra and dropping them on the Gold Coast in Queensland (well, not exactly on the coast, more inland).

We realise the 1500 Canberra members may be pissed off with this move but we don’t really give a fuck because we might be able to make up the loss in members from the Gold Coast. If we don’t, it doesn’t matter because our new suitor will just keep giving us money regardless.

We flirted with the Southport Football Club for a little while but the chance to become a fully maintained concubine of our new suitor was an opportunity not to be missed.

If our Canberra members, AFL Canberra or the ACT Government want to complain about our infidelity please don’t write to us at Arden Street. Contact Andrew Demitriou at AFL headquarters in Melbourne.

Andy reckons that as long as we are a compliant concubine everything will be sweet so we don’t really care.

Thank you for the opportunity of taking your money.

Yours Truly,
North Melbourne Kangaroos
(AFL Whores)”

Heavs 8:43 am 14 Jul 06

Same with me G.F. Said they were a joke who were just in it for the money. Have fun Southport.

Growling Ferret 9:44 pm 13 Jul 06


Had a chat with someone seriously in the know today – their description of the Kangas as amateur hour and a old boys club were two of the nicer things that were said. He was almost pleased to see them go…

Ainslie will be happy – they can be the Tricolours again.
ACTEW may be happy – they can sponsor all Canberra Junior leagues instead of defacto government sponsorship of a professional AFL Club.

Lets just cross our fingers and hope this void is filled…

Heavs 5:56 pm 13 Jul 06

hope the AFL QLD is prepared to put up with as much shit as they gave AFL Canberra in the time they were here. Lazy bastards. Good riddance. And if it gets Carlton up here for a game or two even better i say.

footyboy 4:57 pm 13 Jul 06

Its good news because Carlton will fill the void and their jumper is ready make because the C in the CFC logo will stand for Canberra during local games.
The Kangaroos are just uncommitted nomads lured away by the same bait that that the Reds used to snarn a local sports star.

thetruth 4:50 pm 13 Jul 06

Don’t for one minute believe that it is quick bucks. The Kangaroos future will be secured when it finds a growing dynamic and hungary market in which to operate. The Gold Coast is that and Canberra is not – fact.

If the Government took our money and invested in the canberra product or took some of the planning limiters off (not in the “lets get snow way” of late). many people would choose to move to canberra and a team may see a future here.

Not helped by the Stabnhope “shrink yourself to greatness approach”

Heavs 4:34 pm 13 Jul 06

AFL Canberra wanted the hard word put on them a long time ago. They are money grubbing whores, have been since the day they pitched up here. Glad they are gone is the word I have.

bonfire 4:32 pm 13 Jul 06

hardly a surprise but very disappointing.

note – not a word on the afl continuing to promote afl in the act.

positives ? well i’d like to see 6 different teams play instead of 4 next year.

ultimately the roos chased the QUICK dollars. i imagine if theyd stayed and committed to canberra, they would cement themslves as the act afl team. do they expect ‘tradition’ and ‘club loyalty’ after 4 or 5 years ?

it’s inevitable they will leave melbourne – the question is have they jumped from a good long term home to quick bucks (i note the afl are tipping in several million to support the gold coast venture) to shore up short term problems ?

thetruth 4:31 pm 13 Jul 06

or is that Boo who? Wouldn’t waste my money on going to say bye? What is Stanhope going to put the money saved into now (did anyone tell him that by saving a kangaroo, we weren’t talking about actual wildlife??) Now who will the intrepid social reformer save now with your money?

Growling Ferret 4:19 pm 13 Jul 06

Should their farewell game be an appropriate time to Boo a Roo?

thetruth 4:09 pm 13 Jul 06

Oh great another bunch of losers to throw your hard earned at!!!! Bloody hell if Canberra could support a team we would have one – stop living in a fools paradise get over it and watch Tuggers v Ainslie

Absent Diane 3:56 pm 13 Jul 06

heard that the d’s might be looking at taking over…

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