Slim pickings for cricket team’s AFL fans

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    While some of Australia’s cricketers like Canberra Raiders fan Brad Haddin have been getting their fix of NRL on TV during their New Zealand tour, AFL enthusiasts are missing out.

    Australian team officials have been asking questions around the town of Hamilton, hoping to find a sports bar that is showing AFL round-one games this weekend.

    The only action they can find is a telecast of Sunday night’s Fremantle-Adelaide game, which is hardly the most exciting match-up of the round at this stage.

    Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting (North Melbourne) and fellow batsmen Mike Hussey (West Coast) and Marcus North (Essendon) will have to wait another week to get a better fix of AFL telecasts, with the squad due to depart for home after the second Test, which is scheduled to finish on Wednesday.

    It’s a disappointing outcome for the team’s AFL fans, who are stuck in what former Queensland rugby fullback Chris Latham described in 2006 as a place that “would not be the world’s most exciting town”.

    South Africa rugby coach Peter de Villiers last year kept his Springbok squad in Surfers Paradise until two days before their Test match against the All Blacks, to avoid Hamilton as much as possible.

    De Villiers was concerned his players would suffer from apathy as “there is nothing in Hamilton”.

    Australia’s Test cricket squad and their favourite football teams:
    Ricky Ponting — North Melbourne, Cronulla, Portsmouth
    Simon Katich — Richmond, Sydney Roosters, NSW Waratahs
    Shane Watson — Brisbane Lions, Queensland Reds
    Mike Hussey — West Coast, Manchester United
    Michael Clarke — Wests Tigers
    Marcus North — Essendon, Newcastle United
    Brad Haddin — Canberra, NSW Waratahs
    Mitchell Johnson — North Queensland Cowboys
    Nathan Hauritz — any Australian team
    Ryan Harris — South Sydney, Central Districts SANFL
    Doug Bollinger — Sydney Roosters
    Clint McKay — Carlton
    Phillip Hughes — Socceroos

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    • March 26th 2010 @ 1:22pm
      Republican said | March 26th 2010 @ 1:22pm | ! Report

      So what, it has always been thus. This is NZ and it is surely no surprise to seasoned tourists i.e Hussey and co.

      Is this integral to the AFL, Doggies and Hawks agenda get Kiwis supporting our code. i again remind everyone that there are very loyal demographics i.e Darwin and Canberra being expediently overlooked to this end and i personally dont give a rats what Kiwis offer or think of our game, in fact far better for the code and it’s followers that they stay ignorant to it’s superior status truth be told!


    • March 27th 2010 @ 9:38pm
      BigAl said | March 27th 2010 @ 9:38pm | ! Report

      Here’s an idea . . . the Internet !

    • March 28th 2010 @ 6:26am
      Ian said | March 28th 2010 @ 6:26am | ! Report

      Spare a thought for travelers and ex pats from New Zealand and Northern States when visiting or living in Australia’s southern states. There is no decent coverage of anything other than the AFL outside of NSW / QLD and as such many of its residents remain ignorant of other codes potential, and may I suggest superior status (Republican!).

      At least in New Zealand, people are able to watch every NRL game live and uninterrupted through Sky Sports, receiving a much better service than anywhere in Australia. With such coverage of a superior code, why would people be interested in an alternative game (AFL) which only survives in Australia due to protected status in its homeland!

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