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Stuart calls for NRL support in battle with AFL and ACT government

Fairfax media reports that Raiders coach Ricky Stuart wants better NRL support in what he refers to as a football battleground of Canberra. “What interested me on the weekend was witnessing the relationship the ACT Government has with the AFL hierarchy in pulling together and promoting the recent GWS fixture…




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Wellington Phoenix’s future in the A-League under serious threat

Ray Gatt writes in the Australian that while the Phoenix are doing well at the moment, their future in the Aleague is less than certain, with Canberra being eyed off as a possible replacement after good attendances during the Asian Cup. They could well end up A-League champions, but Wellington…


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Why Melbourne Victory continue to set the A-League benchmark

Michael Cockerill wries in Fairfax that the Victory continue to be the light at the end of the Aleague tunnel, again dominating crowds and finances in the competition. As we head towards the climax of a season that will leave more questions than answers, the Victory have once again comfortably…


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Major soccer event to bring $50m kick for Vic

The Heraldsun reports that the three match soccer series between Manchester City, Roma and Real Madrid is expect to bring 50 million in to the Victorian economy and create 300 jobs. Demands for tickets has been so great that the opening fixture – Real Madrid v Manchester City on July…



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Time for AFL to ban alcohol sponsorship

Fairfax media reports that Michael Carr-Clegg, psychologist, wants alchohol sponsorships in the AFL to end. “I upset everybody at that forum by suggesting the greatest hypocrisy is with the AFL who continue to accept alcohol advertising, which does far more damage than all of these drugs put together. If they…



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A-League grand final might be on a Friday at the MCG: FFA

Fairfax media is reporting that the MCG is booked for the Aleague grand final on a friday night in the event Docklands doesnt become available, due to both the MCG and Docklands being booked on the Sunday by the AFL. But A-League boss Damien De Bohun has revealed to AAP…



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Dogs incident turning into a Saga

Fairfax media writes today that the NRL could be considering strip;ping Canterbury-Bankstown of points following ugly incidents between players and umpires and fans and umpires on the weekend. The Dogs have previously had a 4 point suspended sentence pending the behaviour of their fans during the 2004 season. The close…






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Geelong Football Club plans for life without pokies

The Geelong Football Club is looking to get rid of its poker machine licences, the club’s chief executive says. The club earned $3 million from the 100 machines at their home ground at Kardinia Park last year, but in a long term plan the the machines would be gone altogether,…


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A new dawn for Gold Coast Suns and Huawei

The Gold Coast SUNS and Huawei Australia today announced a five year sponsorship which will see Huawei become the club’s official technology and ball partner. Mr Brumby said, “Huawei is proud to be announcing its first major sponsorship in AFL. Like the Gold Coast SUNS in the AFL, Huawei is…