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You’ll have to step up to get ACT4GWS over the line

By johnboy - 23 September 2010 23

The Sydney Morning Herald notes that the bid to link Canberra with Sydney’s Western Suburbs for the purposes of AFL football is in some trouble.

The story says that only 4,000 of the needed 5,000 $50 pledges have turned up.

The ACT4GWS website at this time actually says the number is 3,422, with 7 days to go.

So if you want to have a piece of an AFL team playing four games a year here in Canberra it’s time to put your hands in your pockets!

Apparently if the numbers don’t come good “all bets are off.”

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You’ll have to step up to get ACT4GWS over the line
toriness 10:10 pm 23 Sep 10

i’m not convinced of the need for another 2 teams in the AFL competition tbh – why not back the teams already in the comp, there are a few which are seriously struggling. and i’m sure as hell not giving a cent to a 2nd sydney team – i can’t stand the first one, and sydney itself is barely able to support the team it already has! this doesn’t mean i don’t support AFL in canberra or a team playing in canberra, but come on, this isn’t a canberra team.

Dr Strange 9:16 pm 23 Sep 10

Not inclined to support something with the name Sydney in it – perhaps the Melbourne members of the AFL board don’t realise that the ACT is not an outer suburb of Sydney? That GWS are down here pushing for membership and pledges is suspicious to me they don’t expect the ‘Greater Western Sydney’ area to be able to support the side with fans or financially anytime soon.

Primal 8:29 pm 23 Sep 10

Waiting For Godot said :

I seriously doubt Team GWS will be able to survive more than a few years.

You underestimate the AFL’s bloody-minded willingness to throw money and benefits at its new ventures.

damien haas 5:59 pm 23 Sep 10

If the team was Canberra based, i’d chip in $50. I would take a full membership. As its called Greater Western Sydney – forget it.

mutley 5:53 pm 23 Sep 10

Cuase if it isn’t supported then we’ll take it away.

Why would they bother to do something if it’s not going to be supported?

Waiting For Godot 5:30 pm 23 Sep 10

If Brisbane could not support a second NRL team in a rugby league town and state, I hardly think Sydney (or Canberra) could support a second AFL team in a rugby league state (and territory). While I hope Canberra does have some involvement – the more participants in sport and fitness the better – I seriously doubt Team GWS will be able to survive more than a few years.

MrMagoo 4:26 pm 23 Sep 10

Growling Ferret said :

Magoo

I’ve seen you at Manuka watching your Swans. Its not about parocialism of following a side, its about promoting the code and showing your support for AFL.

GWS is more than a senior team, its a Junior academy, its an ACTAFL (Greater eastern seaboard League) side.

Cough up!

It’s the AFL or more importantly Mr Demetriou seeking to build empires. Sorry Ferret, Sheed’s pitch is lost on me my friend. And by that logic, ‘investing’ in GWS secures the future of football in this area…. well that my friend is tant amount to blackmail. Cuase if it isn’t supported then we’ll take it away. If the AFL want it that badly they’ll cover it. Are they doing the same in SE Qld, me thinks not.

Grail 3:49 pm 23 Sep 10

Don’t we already have the Magpies? Or am I getting my codes/competitions confused again?

Growling Ferret 3:42 pm 23 Sep 10

Magoo

I’ve seen you at Manuka watching your Swans. Its not about parocialism of following a side, its about promoting the code and showing your support for AFL.

GWS is more than a senior team, its a Junior academy, its an ACTAFL (Greater eastern seaboard League) side.

Cough up!

MrMagoo 3:18 pm 23 Sep 10

No look I’m really sorry but whey again is Canberra and the ACT Region having a team forced upon us? First it was North melbourne who thought they’d drop the NB and just call themselves kangaroos = FAIL!!!! People in this area who are AFL fans already have a team, often pay membership to that team so why do we have to pay for another one? I don’t care if Mr Deteriou’s thinly veiled attack on the sydney Swans fails. It’s about time there was egg on his face for something.

Sorry no taker here.

Holden Caulfield 3:13 pm 23 Sep 10

Yeah, I signed up for this, too, but I did so with some expectation it was going to be futile. Sadly, that looks like it will be the case.

Hopefully not.

gospeedygo 2:56 pm 23 Sep 10

I really hope this gets up. I love going to the footy on the weekend even if its only 4 times a year. They just need to play a team that is not Sydney or Western Bulldogs.

Up the Mighty Sainters!

KandyA 2:39 pm 23 Sep 10

http://www.act4gws.com.au/qna.php

have to say I got on board with this, if it does come off and there are elite level AFL games in Canberra, I will be stoked, Manuka a lovely stadium to see a game.
Am even considering rolling over my $50 into an inaugural membership if it does get up, eve nthough they will only be playing 2nds somewhere in 2011

If it doesnt get up then…refund so no prob there.

I go to a handful of games a year, and would likely goto at least 3/4 / yr they are proposing at Manuka, as well as a couple interstate to see the notallthatmightyatthemomentbutjustyouwaitTigers at the G

So Ill likely be turning up here to boo the team I financially support…?!

AFL profile in ACT is a long way behind R, RL – I hope the ACT4GWS gets up as I reckon its popularity isnt that far behind. ACTAFL has been providing compettition for the Swans 2nds, which although they mostly dominate, at least get a better comp than they would in Sydney.

Growling Ferret 2:25 pm 23 Sep 10

KB

To quote Peter Taylor

‘You know our sales pitch but here it is again.

If we can secure 5,000, $50 membership pledges and significant local corporate support, GWS will play 40 games in Canberra over the next 10 years, play in a Canberra themed strip for each of the games at Manuka Oval, appoint a Canberran to the GWS board, continue to invest in local talent academies, establish a training base in Canberra and conduct community camps. Essentially, Canberra will have our own team in the AFL.

Without GWS, Canberra may lose their single annual home and away AFL game. I’m not prepared for that.

So sign up, cough up $50 nicker and get on board.

KB1971 2:10 pm 23 Sep 10

So, why should I pay extra to get an AFL game to the ACT?

To a club thats not even in the comp yet?

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