New figures show AFL’s big push in the western suburbs is football and NRL-approved sports have been a class failure to hit the GWS Giants in almost every field.
Statistics revealed by The Weekend Australian Only one percent of participants in the Paramatman heartland play eighty rules, compared to the 47 percent participation rate in football and 24 percent in rugby league, including Touch Football and Oztag.
Of the 11 games included in the participation rates, the Australian rules are final.
This is an extremely disappointing discovery considering the AFL has raised an estimated $ 200 million in the field over the past decade to acquire land in sports like rugby league and football.
Veteran Isaac Cumming looks disappointed after losing in a round eight AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Geelong Cats.
Dustin Martin (who was seen scoring points against Hawthorne in his Round Nine clash) has ties to Sydney and is linked with a move to the Giants. If he switches, it will give the game a big boost on the field, like Buddy Franklin’s move to the Swans.
The Panthers players celebrate their victory in the NRL Grand Final between Penrith Panthers and South Sydney Rabitohs at Brisbane’s Suncarp Stadium.
Dustin Martin has been linked to possible moves by veterans. The Richmond superstar lived in Sydney for a year as a teenager and reportedly has a growing fondness for life in the city, where he recently spent a month training with Paul Galen on a personal leave of absence.
Speaking earlier this month, GWS chief executive David Mathews said Martin was “the real superstar of our game” and many players chose to leave Melbourne for the port city.
AFL CEO Gillan McClachlan has refused to provide any financial support to GWS to land Martin, but a search for a failed game in western Sydney could force the league to change its stance.
While the numbers at the grassroots level are staggering, the performance of the top flight team GWS Giants in 2022 is not inspiring either. The club have just parted ways with coach Leon Cameron.
In contrast, the Penrith Panthers won the 2021 NRL Premiership, fought the Parramatta Final, and the Western Sydney Wanderers were A-Leg champions in their first season, Asian Cup winners in the second, and perennial finals attracting large crowds.
The AFL continues to pump money to boost the game’s profile and increase participation, including seven new AFL features and upgrades approved for 13 other clubs over the past decade.
Wanderers fans are extremely passionate and almost half of all sports participants in Paramatman are choosing football in the AFL and Rugby League.
Richard Coles, former president of the Sydney Swans, said the AFL had underestimated Rugby League Heartland on the NSW and believed the code had overlooked key areas, including Hunter Valley and Ilawara – where 27 per cent of the Australian population lived.
Coles warned that the NRL’s $ 800 million war chest development to develop suburban plains could be a hammer blow to the participation of eighty rules in the state.
“This is the heart of the World Rugby League and I fear that the AFL may have underestimated the strength and cunning of the Rugby League,” he said.
‘I think if all the suburban grounds were physically upgraded and without any draft it would lead to the creation of great local links. It will go back to the good old days [for the NRL]. ‘
Ilka Mitchell celebrates winning the Round nine NRL game between the Penrith Panthers and the Paramatman Illas at the Moses Bluebet Stadium.
Despite the grim statistics, AFL chief executive Gillan McClachlan said the Giants were a “success story”.
‘The Giants have undoubtedly been a success story for our sport and in the wider Australian sports landscape there are three teams in the men’s and women’s elite sports and they have reached great heights on the field, they have also continued to expand their footprint exceptionally. Rate, ‘he said.
“Looking at the club’s new base in just 11 years, it will be a very powerful and big club that will attract a generation of fans in the coming decades.”
The next important step for GWS will be to appoint Leon Cameron as their next coach after a split in the week.
AFL journalist Daly Barrett considers former Hawthorne Premiership winner Alistair Clarkson a “clear choice”.
‘K. [Cameron’s resignation] This allows the club to have official talks with Alastair Clarkson and no other club can do that, “said Barrett. AFL Daily.
“One thing I think I know about him is that he would not even personally call a coach from a football club, especially if someone had something to do with him – I’m referring to Stewart Dew in Gold. Coast there
“Clarkson will finally be out in 2022, he will not be out in 2023. He will be coaching next year and now … it will be a vacancy and now a vacancy that was decided yesterday. ‘
Former Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson is a major contender for the vacant GWS job
Yet another major contender has been the insult to former Ascendant coach James Heard, who is likely to throw his hat in the ring with the blessing of the AFL.
Said McLachlan 3AW This week, the AFL will not stop Hird from ascending to the head coaching role at GWS, where he is currently working in an advisory capacity.
“He wanted to return to football to some extent, but for no reason [why the AFL would stop him from coaching].
‘They [GWS] The right trainer wants to guide them.
“Whether they are brand coaches like Leah Mathews or Clarkson, the club will adapt to the needs of their sports team.”
Hird is already working as a consultant at the Giants and has been approved to apply for a vacant head coaching role following his role in the Essendon Bombers supplement scandal.
SEN and Channel 7 commentator and former Brownlow medalist Adam Cooney backed Hird for the job.
Because of his relationship with Heard, Connie was convinced to join Ascendon in a career playing for HSI instead of North Melbourne, and Connie believes he is the right person to turn the Giants’ misfortune around.
“If he goes to GWS, he will be an excellent coach. He is a great man, ‘said Kuni Channel 7.
“It simply came to our notice then.
But do you think he’s coming to GWS and setting up a new supplement? Certainly not him.
‘He’s a good trainer, he’s a good thinker and he’s good with people. He has learned those lessons in the past. ‘