The only reason I even brought up the 50s/60s wogs, midfielder, was to make the connection to the geographical spread of the game. That is precisely the reason why it's a much more city-focused sport in Australia. Like David Gallop says, you fish where the fish are - the fish are in the cities. But the whole point of this article is that there's plenty of fish out in the bush, if you're willing to do the work to catch them.
I've read my opening remarks numerous times and the only thing I'd change in retrospect is the word 'pioneers', to maybe use a word that doesn't so expressly imply they were the first ones.
That was Hanwood FC, and they had Joey Schirripa - former NSL young player of the year and almost-Sydney FC star playing. And they lost the Griffith grand final this year!
Cheers mate! Didn't want to make this all about Griffith but you're right, the pieces here are starting to come together. Trust, The Area News is all over it ;)