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Samuel Power

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Australian sports lover, AFL Port Adelaide, NRL Canberra Raiders, A-League Adelaide United, Foundation member of Macarthur FC, Adelaide 36ers, and go Wolves.

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What? Port Adelaide aren’t stealing Collingwood’s guernsey. It just has the same colours, the design is completely different, and it’s not like they’re creating a new guernsey just out of the blue, this has been Port Adelaide’s guernsey since 1902. They have won 34/37 flags with this guernsey, why shouldn’t they be allowed to wear it? Even if it’s for every home game.

Eddie McGuire is seething that Port Adelaide wants to wear the prison bars

Eddie McGuire seriously has to just mind his own business. Big deal, Port Adelaide want to wear their iconic guernsey once a year against the Crows. How does this effect Collingwood? Port Adelaide have won 34 of their 37 premierships in this guernsey, it is also probably THE best uniform in the history of Australian Football. As long as we don’t wear it against Collingwood, then I don’t see how this is an issue. Eddie tried to sell it as if Port were trying to steal the Magpie emblem – they weren’t. They just want to wear the prison bars every now and then, is that seriously too much to ask for? Port Adelaide are ONE club, therefor they should have the right to wear it. People need to get over themselves if they try and argue the point that they’re “two clubs and trying to claim the history of another club!!”. Port Adelaide. ONE CLUB. 37 PREMIERSHIPS. AND AN ICONIC GUERNSEY THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO WEAR. PERIOD.

Eddie McGuire is seething that Port Adelaide wants to wear the prison bars

Bankwest sold out for the Elimination Final last year between the Eels and Broncos, it also sold out for the Sydney Derby between WSW and Sydney FC in October.

The NSW stadium policy is in shambles, but there is hope

It doesn’t matter. The AFL continuously fills that ground every week. West Coast Eagles average about 55k and Freo average a touch over 40,000, and that’s in an extremely poor season. Optus Stadium also holds games over the summer such as BBL matches (around 5 a season) and national games, a test or two over the summer and an ODI or two. These NRL stadiums are going to have 1 tenant (besides Campbelltown), why would the government get the taxpayer to pay for some stadiums that are going to be used 15 times a year at the ABSOLUTE MAX?

The NSW stadium policy is in shambles, but there is hope

I’m guessing that the stadiums in NSW have better media facilities, more advertising room, etc. That’s why it was chosen, makes sense also, 4 of the current 11 A-League clubs are based in or around Sydney, there’s only 1 in Brisbane.

Is it any surprise that New South Wales will host the rest of the A-League season?

Waz, why would Queensland host the hub? There are 3 suitable venues they can use (Being Suncorp, Robina and Dolphin) without taking rugby into consideration. Why wouldn’t they put it in Sydney? There are plenty of venues they can take games too.

Is it any surprise that New South Wales will host the rest of the A-League season?

Why do so many people want to change the game? What is wrong with 20min quarters + time on? There is seriously no need for it. Attendances are up, TV ratings are up. When you go to the footy you make a day out of. Go get some dinner/lunch or a pre-game drink then make your way to the ground and watch the match, it has been like this for DECADES. Stop changing our great game, please!

The game is too long. Shorter quarters are here to stay

I actually believe – unlike other people – that the Gold Coast Suns have potential. They have heaps of good kids developing and signing some key players last season such as Lukosius, Rankine, King, etc. They showed signs last year of this potential, beating the Bulldogs at Marvel and sneaking over the line against Carlton and Fremantle, while also giving Essendon a huge scare, a game they probably should’ve actually won. Not all bad on the Gold Coast in my view.

Four burning questions for Gold Coast ahead of the AFL restart

Imagine complaining about having a professional, recognised, and fairly popular football league in your country. The A-League, averaging around 10,000 people per game and getting up to 40k some matches. 40,000 in the NSL was unheard of, hell 20k was! This guy, Frank Lowy, created a professional league for us to enjoy and support and leave the extremely ethnic based, semi-pro, poor skill level and unpopular, NSL. Sure the A-League isn’t the best, but it’s our league, and with the right people in charge the comp can flourish.
The skill level in the A-League today is 100x better than it was in the NSL days, these players are narrow-minded. Especially to unfairly criticise their home country’s only professional league, that’s poor. We’ve made the last 4 world cups, we’ve seen some great Australians rise into leagues such as the EPL and Bundesliga, what more do they want?

NSL dinosaurs need to ease off the contemporary Australian footballer

I heard that this wasn’t true and was just a rumour??

A-League proposal prompts PFA fair go call

Even if the stadium won’t be completed until 2022 I think it’s still going to be worth it (if it happens). If the club just had a proper home ground near their area until then it will be fine.

The Tracker: Beware the whammo

Was meant to start in the next month or so, not sure about it anymore.

The Tracker: Beware the whammo

As much as I hate them, they are a scary good team when they’re on. Will be an interesting season, hopefully we can stay first haha

The biggest AFL upsets since 2012

sven, I tweeted the day Richmond beat the Bulldogs by 3 points in the final round of the 2018 season. I said that I was having some doubts whether Richmond could win the premiership or not, it’s fair to say they got really lucky in some of those games later in the year. I was hammered on Twitter by Tiges supporters, come Grand Final week those tweets were deleted. Haha!

The biggest AFL upsets since 2012

2012 Round 10 Essendon v Melbourne – Easily one of the greatest upsets and one of the best matches I have seen.

The biggest AFL upsets since 2012

@Micko – Because Australia already has good stadia infrastructure. There is ZERO chance of a new stadium being built for the financially-unstable, Newcastle Jets when there is already a decent rectangular stadium that has no tenant in the summer. These clubs need to focus on filling the ground more as oppose to building new stadiums that have no space for fanbases to grow.

@Waz @lesterlike – Please do me a favour and watch Round 3 Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory in the 2018/19 Hyundai A-League season. The attendance was 11,813 and the atmosphere and viewing on TV looked and sounded pretty good.

The A-League stadium situation: Part 2

That seriously makes no sense.

If they're fair dinkum, FIFA will bring the Women's World Cup to Australia

If Tasmania had a 15,000-20,000 seat rectangular stadium I would have no issue with it. Now I’m a huge AFL fan and have been all my life, but AFL should stay on AFL Grounds and Soccer needs to stay on rectangular grounds.

If they're fair dinkum, FIFA will bring the Women's World Cup to Australia

Whats the problem with Hunter Stadium for the Jets? It’s a perfect ground, even with 8,000 there it looks OK on TV and atmosphere is decent. If they could nudge their average attendance up to around 12k it would be almost perfect.

The A-League stadium situation: Part 2

Yes mate, looks heaps better! But I do remember that there was a proposed 12,000 seat arena back in 2016 in Petone but locals hated it.

The A-League stadium situation: Part 1

I think our bid is good, but what clown decided using UTAS Stadium in Launceston would be better than using a rectangular stadium (and with a greater capacity) in Canberra? We have great stadia infrastructure for a women’s world cup bid and the 2015 Asian Cup and 2000 Olympics were an unbelievable success, Australia always delivers when hosting big events, so I don’t know why we aren’t given the opportunity to host them more often. If it isn’t given to Aus/NZ, then FIFA is an utter disgrace.

If they're fair dinkum, FIFA will bring the Women's World Cup to Australia

Without taking costs in consideration:
– Wellington Phoenix need a little 10-16,000 seat rectangular stadium.
– Central Coast Mariners need to try and convince the local council to let them buy CC Stadium.
– Coopers Stadium needs to fill in the corners and put a roof on the camera side and update the video screens.
– Brisbane Roar need a 20,000 seat stadium, could link with the QLD Reds and push for one.
– Hopefully Western United’s stadium and Sydney FC’s stadium are built soon.

At the moment, only these clubs will be able to play easily during a winter season:
– Adelaide United
– Central Coast Mariners
– Macarthur FC
– Newcastle Jets
– Perth Glory
– Western United

The A-League stadium situation: Part 1

Where did you see the Wellington stadium talks?

The A-League stadium situation: Part 1

If the A-League started again from scratch, I would’ve chosen:
– Sydney FC
– Western Sydney Wanderers
– Newcastle Jets
– Perth Glory
– Adelaide United
– Melbourne Victory
– Brisbane Roar
– FC Canberra

How would the A-League look if we started again?

Superb article Nick. I’ve been pretty impressed with Fowler’s coaching this year, especially since this is his first real gig at being a manager, huge potential for the Brisbane Roar.

The Fowler tactics that inspired the Roar's revival