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Do they have crowds there?

The World Test Championship shows Test cricket is in rude health

Hang on, they were sponsoring North Melbourne too weren’t they? Who was funding NM’s Hobart games?

Hawks, Kangas could be kicked out of Tassie as state ramps up expansion demands

Obviously they’ll be away teams.

Hawks, Kangas could be kicked out of Tassie as state ramps up expansion demands

They’ll be an away team, hence the tourism factor coming in from the convenience factor of a ferry ride or short plane ride for a game in Tassie, and a short getaway for sightseeing, or just enjoying pub grub and beers and chatting with the locals.

Hawks, Kangas could be kicked out of Tassie as state ramps up expansion demands

Probably because of the extra 10,000-15-000 fans that attended the Eel’s games!

Can Parramatta persistence pay off for rugby in the west?

What’s the deal, is Pakistan safe to tour again now?

The World Test Championship shows Test cricket is in rude health

It’s funny moaman, because it seems to me that kiwis never seem to get sick of the three match Bledisloe Cup, played EVERY SINGLE YEAR! 😛

The World Test Championship shows Test cricket is in rude health

Well, I base that on the overwhelming success of the “temporary” (lasted a fair few years) solution where WAFL side East Perth’s fairly central home ground of Perth Oval was transformed to a rectangle stadium with two temporary scaffold seating stands installed onto the oval over Summer (as Perth had no suitable rectangle stadium) and that gave a capacity of about 17,000 or so, which Perth Glory used when they started in the NSL, and regularly played to crowds over 16,000…dwarfing the rest of the NSL, and paving the way for the A League.
Great location and great atmosphere at the ground. The recuperation of the grass obviously was a situation that took time once the Stands were removed, and East Perth had to train just down the road, and get fixtured a fair few away games to allow the time to recover, but it was great for the Glory.

Can Parramatta persistence pay off for rugby in the west?

Are they not allowed to put up temporary stands on North Sydney Oval? Seems an obvious solution to me, assuming they could, and it didn’t interrupt whatever cricket is played there.

Can Parramatta persistence pay off for rugby in the west?

This is the typical flaw that all overpaid modern sports executives and incompetent sports administrations in Australia do: try to “sell their product” to an often uninterested “market”, and then expand to “growth markets”…all the while turning their back on their own grassroots supporters. 👎

Can Parramatta persistence pay off for rugby in the west?

Yeah I was being stupid, referencing his failure as an opening right hand Warner clone the selectors tried to turn him into, instead of respecting the fact his his first class career was played as a middle order batsman.

Does Australia need a new Test cricket captain or a new leadership model?

Wow, great read! Thanks for the history lesson Tiger. 👍

India's missed opportunity at the Gabba 43 years ago

What?! Western United are expanding the gypsy roadshow to Launceston now? 😱
Why don’t they just stay at the bloody Whitten Oval, and give their suffering (small amount of) fans some stability and convenience.
In regards to the Tassie bid, where would a rectangular stadium in Tassie be built: Hobart, Launceston, or somewhere else?

Surprise new A-League bid from Tasmania

Shane Martin has committed plenty of crimes in Australia & NZ Jacko, along with a long continuous association with the same criminal bikie gangs he was warned by the feds to cease, and get a new circle of friends to turn his life around. He refused the helpful advice of the feds, hence they advised to expel him from the country.

New Zealand deserve the no.1 Test ranking

Then why do Auckland Tests get cancelled?

The World Test Championship shows Test cricket is in rude health

True. 👍

The World Test Championship shows Test cricket is in rude health

Yep, I’d think I’d risk losing in South Africa blooding guys like Neser & Abbott, than giving Starc more free opportunities to play every Test frankly his erratic Test form doesn’t justify.

The World Test Championship shows Test cricket is in rude health

This is the same NZ that begged the aussies to cancel a long scheduled Test planned for Auckland (easily NZ’s biggest city) to shove in ODI’s on their last tour to NZ.
Yet ironically, apparently 20,000 kiwis flooded over to Melbourne for the Boxing Day Test in 2019. So why are kiwis reluctant to attend test matches in NZ, yet flood over to Melbourne? Will kiwis show up more now in NZ because of the fact they’re winning and doing really well, the same way they show up to all blacks games that they know they’ll win 80-90% of the time?

The World Test Championship shows Test cricket is in rude health

As Opener? 😛

Does Australia need a new Test cricket captain or a new leadership model?

I literally elaborated on all this before. Why do you insist on making me repeat myself all the time, and also ignoring previous comments and points I’ve made to you?
Again…if the AFL had a shred of respect for Tasmania’s huge financial investment in their comp (a private business), they would’ve fixtured in Victorian team opposition for the Tasmanian games on a regular basis to help promote the tourism aspect on Tasmania’s behalf.
Not once were any Vic teams, and especially high profile clubs like Collingwood, Carlton or Richmond, scheduled to play any games there…teams with presumably substantial supporter bases in Tassie.

Hawks, Kangas could be kicked out of Tassie as state ramps up expansion demands

Yep, would be a bit rough charging full membership for people without the finances, time or ability (invalid pensioners/disabled people/carers etc ) to make it to Launceston and back.

Hawks, Kangas could be kicked out of Tassie as state ramps up expansion demands

The VFL is a hopeless organisation, and the sport is fked to watch now: it’s like watching seagulls chasing a chip, it’s fundamentally broken, as myself (and plenty of others) have attested to on this site. Go to youtube and watch AFL footy from the 90’s. 👍
I just randomly went to a WAFL game one day a couple of years ago, and I just kept going back. Good people, good times, ok footy (yes, it has exactly the same issues as the AFL though!). But the great local atmosphere and banter draws me back.

Hawks, Kangas could be kicked out of Tassie as state ramps up expansion demands

Still, the AFL deserves every bit of criticism for not supporting Tasmania (& Hawthorn) with these games.

Hawks, Kangas could be kicked out of Tassie as state ramps up expansion demands

Well as long as Members get a relevant discount on their membership, since attending all (or any of the) 4 “home” games in Launceston might not be feasible for them, then at least the club has respected them.

Hawks, Kangas could be kicked out of Tassie as state ramps up expansion demands

I simply stated Perth shares facilities with West Coast now. West Coast (basically their sponsors) and the Town of Victoria Park are putting many into facilities there, including a brand spanking new grandstand to be built at Lathlain Park in the next year or two. 👍
I told you before I’m not really closely engaged with the AFL now. I haven’t really followed it closely for around 15-20 years. Literally the only AFL matches I watch the GF & the PF’s, and maybe a couple of other Finals.

Hawks, Kangas could be kicked out of Tassie as state ramps up expansion demands