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Australian basketball and why it may be one of our most popular sports but why we don’t want to watch Australian’s play it.

By Michael Salisbury

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics basketball ranks a close number 3 in most popular sports behind tennis, cricket, AFL and football (soccer as we call it here in Australia) but why in the world is no one watching it? Why is it not the sporting juggernaut that the AFL is? Why aren’t people in the streets wearing a Melbourne Tigers jersey as opposed to a jersey of a city 100’000 miles away?

An argument can be made that perhaps it is Australia’s fierce patriotism that makes it so hard for us to truly ‘fall in love’ with Basketball, the AFL and NRL dominate the headlines where even when home made stars who play in the NBA like Patty Mills a former Melbourne Tiger who now plays for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs scored a career high 31 points against the Golden State Warriors leading his team to a victory only got a mention on ONE of the local news sports reports that night, (note: Channel 10 news, the mention lasted all of 15 seconds)

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Basketball in Australia has had a very strange and inconsistent journey. The NBL was born in 1978, the national competition was born out of the need to improve and develop our Olympic teams. Starting with 6 teams (Canberra, St. Kilda, Newcastle, West Adelaide, Wollongong and Brisbane) over the years many teams have come and gone. Financial solvency being the major issue as almost every team failed to draw crowds. Teams from all over the country (and in some cases other countries with both New Zealand and Singapore both fielding teams in our national competition at one time or another with the New Zealand Breakers winning the NBL championship in the 2011/12 season)

Victoria bearing the brunt of poor attendance and apathy towards the NBL have fielded a total of 10 teams (St. Kilda Saints, South East Melbourne Magic, Nunawading Spectres/Eastside Spectres, North Melbourne/Coburg Giants, Geelong Supercats, South Dragons, Victoria Titans / Giants who were a merger between the North Melbourne and South East Melbourne teams) all but one survives the Melbourne Tigers.

Come the 2012/13 season the greater Melbourne area has seen 9 teams fall as the higher brass of the NBL are offering the chance for a Melbourne bidder to take the dreaded ‘2nd’ spot in Melbourne’s already dead Basketball market.

A Melbourne consortium making a bid for one of the new NBL teams seem ready to make the same mistakes previous owners have. Planning on using the 10’000 seat  Hisense Arena high rent and poor attendance spelt doom for the last franchise that called it home, the South Dragons. The Victoria Titans and Melbourne Tigers also used to call it home but moved out (and in the Titan’s case folded) thanks to its high rental prices. The Tigers now call the State Netball Centre (with a capacity of only 3’500) home and in an ironic twist the Melbourne Vixin’s of the ANZ Championship the pre-eminent netball league in the world now play their games at Hisense.

The new stadium in Melbourne South East suburbs does more to prove this strange popularity of a game enjoyed worldwide. Not only with the professional NBA in the United States but leagues in Spain and Greece are hugely popular.

Basketball is destined to be a sport only popular in the offseason, when footballers need to stay in shape.


Ward, R, Push to introduce a second NBL team to rival the Tigers, June 17 2011,…

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The Olympic Games are about bringing athletes and teams together from all over the world. It gives people an opportunity to cheer on and celebrate their country’s talents on the world stage as a team or individual.

This event held every four years is aimed at bringing excitement and happiness, however sometimes this happiness is not achieved.

According to Tom Van Riper, a member of the American business magazine ‘Forbes’, in the London 2012 Olympic games, millions of people missed out on tickets due to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) delegating 2.6 million of the 8.8 million tickets to sponsors, media, athletes and Olympic officials.

It does not seem like a lot, however when majority of these seats were left empty throughout the games it is consequentially a huge loss for the LOCOG, not for the money, but for the unsatisfied responses they received from all the people who missed out.

Basketball Empty Grandstands – Taken by Bob Donnan from USA Sports Today

Grandstands being left next to empty are becoming an increasing trend with the Olympic Games, which is surprising considering the four year hype and build up to the two week event.

Australian Football Match with Full Grandstands

Australian Football Match with full grantstands

When you compare this world wide known event to a local national sport like Australian Rules football, Soccer or Basketball the stands at these games are almost packed every time full of screaming fans who continue to support their team every week.  

This indicates that having seats made available to the general public for purchase, minus the small portion of allocated seating for members, shows that when given the opportunity, people will fill a stadium to support the team they love.

In an interview with members of the general public they were asked to express their opinions about the issue regarding the close-to-empty grandstands, whether they believe the Olympics is a fair and equal event and why they thought so many tickets were set aside for sponsors.

Ultimately many expressed how they thought not as many tickets should be distributed to the sponsors, unless there is a way to guarantee they will show up.

It is disappointing that so much effort goes into the preparation for the games, yet it cannot be experienced by many due to the lack of planning gone into distributing tickets. This needs to change before the next Olympic Games, to ensure the grandstands do not stand alone.


Cross- eyed medal

Posted: September 27, 2012 by alicejames11 in AFL, Melbourne, Sport
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Victorian born Joel Cross has been announced the 2012 Magarey Medal Winner, for the fairest and most brilliant player of the South Australian Football League (SANFL).

This win only furthers Xavier College’s successful year with many of their past students making a mark in football. Ted Richards, Alex Johnson, Dan Hannebery and Josh Kennedy all winning the premiership. Jobe Watson won the Brownlow medal whilst he also was named in the All Australian team along side Richards and Kennedy.

AFL guru recognised the achievement of Xavier College and tweeted their exemplary efforts.

Cross attended Xavier college, where he played in the thirds in Year 11. ‘I was a late bloomer, I didn’t fully develop on the footy field until my late teens’.

Despite his obvious talent, Cross knows there is no chance for AFL. ‘I am too old now, they just aren’t interested.’ It begs the question, should the AFL start looking to recruit reliable mature age players in front of a teenage boy who cannot withstand the pressures?

For now Cross is happy playing in the SANFL, a league he sees far superior to the Victorian Football League (VFL). He played for Box Hill Hawks for two seasons, but didn’t like the style of football that was being played. ‘In the SANFL we play to win, but at Box Hill we were playing to develop the AFL side (Hawthorn). That is just not the way footy should be played in my book.’

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Proud of his achievements, Cross’ biggest inspiration was his grandpa, who always knew he could make something big out of his football. ‘My pa passed away a week before my first SANFL game. That was all the more reason to play harder.’

Being a full time accountant in Adelaide, Cross often finds it a struggle to balance both careers. ‘I am pretty busy most of the time, but the difference between football and accounting is pretty drastic so they seem to even themselves out.’ 

Cross is yet to renew his contract for the 2013 season at South Adelaide, but is confident he will continue playing in the SANFL.

 – Alice James

By Rosalina Menton

Todd Greenberg is the newest NRL club CEO in the current game. In 2008, he inherited a club that had a tarnished image both on and off the field. Scared by controversy over salary cap breaches, membership decline and the tag “Bad Bulldogs”, Todd Greenberg wasted no time in redefining the Canterbury- Bankstown Bulldogs brand.

In a 2008 article with the Herald Sun, Greenberg acknowledged the disarray of the club saying, “We can’t lie to ourselves any longer – perception is reality. People’s perceptions about the club need to change and the only ones that can do that are us.”

Todd Greenberg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs CEO
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In the years following, Greenberg’s leadership has seen a revolution in the Bulldogs culture. The club now works closely with Camp Quality as their single jersey and shorts community partner. Bulldogs corporate staff and players are still to this date enrolled as “buddies” with a sick child from the Camp Quality organisation, a move that was unprecedented.

Greenberg’s influence has reached amazing levels with supporters of the club as well. Images of brawls and police vehicles are no longer a staple on news organisations sport updates. Instead, supporters are often seen roaming entry gate areas before a game collecting donations for the charity being supported at that particular home game (2012 will see 6 charities featured).

The Bulldogs Army is the main supporter group of the club which comprises of some the league’s most passionate fans. The Bulldogs Army members are often called upon by the club to participate in community events with the players. The Bulldogs Army seem to be very willing participants to the leadership values of Todd Greenberg. Seeing the changes Greenberg has made in such a short time, Bulldog Army members are grateful of the inclusion they receive from the Club. Tina Landayan, an Army member says “We all want to feel important, and being part of the decision making about what happens to supporters is exactly what the club needed.” Eleanor Salao a fellow Army member agrees, “It is so much more than just coming to a game, the players give us everything they have on the field and now with the relationship we have with the club, we can finally give something back.”

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Bulldogs players show their support for the Sydney Children’s Hospital
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The Bulldogs new image and brand is a force to be reckoned with. While communication between fans and the corporate leadership team remain open, fans will continue to embrace the Bulldogs as their NRL team of choice. It stands for much more than just the leader-board.

Chadstone do the Turkey 10

Posted: May 16, 2012 by lrro91 in Sport
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by Luke Rose

Just before the start of the football season Chadstone Football Club entered The Wild Turkey Australia “Turkey 10 Teams”. The competition aimed to find the 10 teams around Australia, that currently due to reasons beyond their control have it the “toughest”.

This competition was a perfect fit for the Chadstone Football Club. Over the past four years the team has remained winless and with 100-200 point thrashings on a weekly basis in the 2011 season, a change needed to be made. The players decided early into their pre-season to fight back and rebuild the club and get back the respect that it deserves.

The playing group at Chadstone entered the competition not only for the prizes, but for the need to reassert them as a force to be reckoned with and support from Wild Turkey Australia is exactly what the club needs to improve the facilities, improve the players’ skills and improve the team morale around the club.

The news of the clubs win quickly made its way to the VAFA League officials and last Thursday night the league filmed their episode of “VAFA TV”, at Chadstone Football Club and interviewed some key players about the competition and expectations for the new season.

Triple M Melbourne; have been instrumental in the selection process of the Melbourne “Turkey 10 Team”, sifting through hundreds of team videos. After a lengthy selection period Chadstone were named live on Triple M Melbourne Radio as a Turkey 10 Team, winning thousands of dollars for upgrading the facilities and exclusive access to sponsorship and private skill sessions with legends of AFL, Billy Brownless and Wayne Carey just to name a few.

But now the Chadstone Football Club and the Chadstone community need our support. Being Selected as a Turkey 10 Team, puts them in the running for a ten thousand dollar grand prize draw at the end of the season for the “Turkey 10 Team” with the most “likes” and support through the “Wild Turkey Australia” Facebook page.

Chadstone still remain winless, however with your support in their quest for the Turkey 10 a win may be just around the corner….

Head to the Wild Turkey Australia Facebook page and show your support for the Chadstone Football Club

Chris Williams investigates the fallout from an alleged racial slur in a Geelong and District Football League game

Geelong West is a club in the midst of a rebuilding phase. From recruiting difficulties to a negative stigma surrounding the club, there are a lot of obstacles in its path. Susie Giese reports that the players are building strong bonds and working together to lift Blue West back to greatness.