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Just an fyi…
The WA govt paid $4m and $5m to host a Bledisloe game and SoO game last year, both sold out in a couple of hours. I went to the Bledisloe, life long dream, and it was amazing atmosphere. I was to slow to get SoO tickets… would have liked to have gone. The stadium availability issue in NSW made this a possibility.
There are sufficient expats, and sports mad locals, to fill any stadium in the country for any football code BIG EVENT in my opinion.

Gift of the Gabba: How AFL's grand final decision will shape the 2020 premiership

All the ARF heartland expats in SEQ should be jumping on board of their local teams, Lions and Suns, with what they have achieved this year… and in the future 👍

Gift of the Gabba: How AFL's grand final decision will shape the 2020 premiership

Agreed. The ROAR does some ordinary baiting at times… just stick to marks, kicks, and falcons – everbody loves falcons, and nut busters

Were the Eagles dudded by the Gabba's shoddy goal-line cameras?

Yeah, that is a harsh call in those chase down tackles and your momentum takes you forward and it is bloody hard to turn the player sideways before they hit the ground.
From a back safety perspective, hitting a stationary player in the back should be penalised… but I see how this may cause officiating issues.

Umpiring is broken in the AFL. Why can't we talk about it?

Spruce, no one is saying Tassie has the same population as SEQ or WS.

AFL mergers or relocations could resurface due to COVID-19

So the AFL has to manipulate the fixture even more so every non-vic club, because they are low drawing in Melbourne, goes to Tassie every year, and the big Melbourne clubs prop up North by agreeing North takes the gate for their 4 home games in Melbourne?
Yeah, i see what North get out of it… but everyone else? I honestly think the AFL would consider this a step too far… you can’t have a single vic team playing 7 of their 11 home games in Tassie, and still say Tassie isn’t worthy of a home team. It is just unconscionable.

AFL mergers or relocations could resurface due to COVID-19

I mentioned finals because that is what I thought you were leading to… a hypothetical situation next year is also not relevant.
‘Just stick to the rules’… These would be?
Geelong have some of there home games played at the MCG, North and Hawks sell games to Tassie… your argument doesn’t hold. Gold Coast sold a game to Freo when there home ground was unavailable, a precedent is not being set here… denying the request actually looks hypocritical of the AFL.
I suspect the Western Bulldogs would be reluctant to do the same against Freo in the last round because they are still with a chance of playing finals… and Freo could actually win.

AFL set to reject West Coast and North's Perth proposal

Hmmm… I don’t think WCE would get much more of an advantage, they would win regardless given Norths form, it is only advantageous if they host a final. But how is that different to any team hosting a final any other year? What about GFs every year?
The season is being run to reduce financial losses, and North need the money. WCE hubbing at home reduces financial burden on the AFL… about 2weeks worth given there is a bye round b4 finals.
It might actually be better to stay in QLD for conditioning reasons, and likelihood of having to play finals there anyway. Fairness is not the strongest argument, but, the 17 round season is pretty cool, and the fact there has been a season is a good accomplishment by the AFL.

AFL set to reject West Coast and North's Perth proposal

The spoon is a one horse race now Rowdy… teams have left it too late in the season to try and sink to the bottom with an end of season losing streak 😛

AFL set to reject West Coast and North's Perth proposal

“The struggling small Melbourne club still makes the AFL more money than a Tassie club”… ??? There is no Tas club for you to make this comparison, and you do realise struggling Melbourne clubs receive additional funding from the AFL, and 2 Melbourne clubs are propped up with Tas govt sponsorship?

AFL mergers or relocations could resurface due to COVID-19

Tassie is a small market, yes, but it wouldn’t require the same financial support as the expansion clubs. It also wouldn’t require any more additional funds than a struggling small Melbourne club, and it helps maintain an existing market and player nursery.
I certainly don’t advocate increasing the number of teams, only expanding to Tassie coupled with consolidation in Melbourne.

AFL mergers or relocations could resurface due to COVID-19

Merging, as hard as it may be at first, I think would be the more palatable option as well. Times of chaos, like now, can be opportunities to make tough decisions a bit more easy to accept.

AFL mergers or relocations could resurface due to COVID-19

The ROI question is something that should be considered for all clubs, which includes the smaller struggling Melbourne clubs. The expansion clubs into non heartland states are longterm investments in high population regions, the AFL has always stated these would be 20yr investments, that will grow support for the game. A Tassie team won’t require the same financial propping up because the support is already there… comparing the two situations is like comparing apples and bananas.

AFL mergers or relocations could resurface due to COVID-19

Freo is my club. Marquee fixturing, nationwide primetime fta slots are preferential treatments that you mischievously fail to acknowledge… these are allocated to the same big Melbourne clubs at the expense of struggling smaller Melbourne clubs. Yes, i agree, Melbourne is overcrowded with 9 clubs… not sure what facts I have forgotten to mention.

AFL mergers or relocations could resurface due to COVID-19

If it is key forwards not making the distance that is a worry, but if it is a case of midfielders not making the distance, and goal kicking is spread around more so these days, is this as surprising? Accuracy is the biggest worry for key forwards atm I think.

Six talking points from AFL Round 14

Now is an opportune time to do a merger, or ‘relegation’ to the vfl. Relocation to Tassie, a heartland state, would likely be poorly received given their proud footy history… and Tassie deserve their own team and identity.
The AFL has always given preference to only a handful of Melbourne clubs, and those clubs have thrived, whilst the neglected clubs are always relying on additional AFL financial support to survive. Imo, a merger between two of either North, Saints, or Melbourne -OR- relegation of one of these clubs to the vfl would be the least disruptive.
Consolidation in Melbourne is good for the game, and a Tassie team keeps it an 18 team comp.

AFL mergers or relocations could resurface due to COVID-19

I tipped Freo to finish 12th in a pre-covid 22 game season, and am pleased with our progress… so hopefully we can finish 1 spot higher than the predicted 13th here.
Essendon just have the worst run home they could imagine… higher draft pick though if looking for a silver lining.
GWS should really be winning all their remaing games… but now, a lot of these games look 50/50.

Your AFL team's run home: Part 2

WCE have not attempted to buy finals, nor buy a GF, nor booted a team out of their accom. And playing 6 games in a row at home, in the middle of the season, doesn’t make it the ‘dream run to end all dream runs’, when you know Richmond played more than double that leading into, and including, the GF in 2017.
You are obsessed with making false statements about West Coast. What happened to you, to become so full of vitriol?

AFL power rankings Round 13

WASS the compulsive liar unleashing the chip on his shoulder again. Sad.

AFL power rankings Round 13

Agreed. The AFL, and particularly the 2 big Melbourne clubs, don’t want to lose a cash cow by having this ‘event’ at a small venue. I suspect the AFL will negotiate a smaller Melbourne club to sell a game to the NT to be played against a non-vic club, which would be low drawing in Melbourne. The big question is how do the AFL force a primetime nationwide fta broadcast… Thursday or Friday night? Or do they let it run head to head on foxtel?
As much as the AFL trumpets fairness and equality, and that ARF is Australia’s game, it values money and Melbourne privilege more… 2059 will be the next opportunity for a GF to be played outside Melbourne. Disgusting.

The TIO Stadium 'Dreamtime' fixture should be permanent

Given the heat in October, the AFL will probably start the game later anyway. 👍

Brisbane deserves to host the AFL grand final

On the contrary, most people are well aware of QLD’s contribution, and repeatedly saying otherwise doesn’t make it true.
What you don’t recognise is the gall of locking in the GF to the MCG for eternity, when traditional heartland AF states have made massive contributions to the game, infrastructure, the league and it’s history, MONEY, but now the AFL shows some gratitude. You have shown NO consideration for the fact that this will be the only time a GF could be played in an AF fan’s state in their lifetime. If the AFL awards the GF to a city other than Brisbane, it may be ‘morally bankrupt’ in your eyes, but it would be considered status quo by others.

Brisbane deserves to host the AFL grand final

‘typically short sighted’
Are you directing this at me? For highlighting all decisions are driven by financial return? Ffs. And where did I say Brisbane are not worthy hosts? You are generating your own outrage. Sad.

Brisbane deserves to host the AFL grand final

I am not sure what the point of saying which non-vic team is adavantaged playing at a particular city, and not mention the fact that a handful of Melbourne teams have that ‘advantage’ every year. It’s ok to put forward reasons as to why a city should host, but saying which team would be advantaged, when they haven’t even made the GF, is muddying the water unnecessarily.
I heard/read somewhere that WA has bid an astronomical amount. It is so high, surely it must be wrong… +$30m. WA paid $5m to host a Bledisloe, and about the same for an SoO. Anyone heard of a reliable figure? I must have got it wrong.
I have no issue with it being in Brisbane, but the AFL will find it difficult to say no to the best financial proposition.

Brisbane deserves to host the AFL grand final

And if the GF is successful, perhaps we could look at holding the GF outside of Vic every 2nd year?
I know… too soon.
I guess the AFL could have both a Dreamtime at the G, involving 2 big Melbourne clubs, and a Darwin Dreamtime, involving different teams, on the same weekend. Just a thought.

A Dreamtime with a difference as Darwin becomes the AFL's epicentre