- Mar 4, 2015
- AFL Club
- Port Adelaide
- Other Teams
- Hawthorn, Central Districts
Ok, lets look at things that have been implemented since that inquiry starting with the two new teams, until they entered the league we had 10 sides in Victoria and 6 outside.I just think you're deliberately ignoring the fact that part of the reason for the inquiry was that they had given interstate teams a lot of concessions via draft and Salary Cap COLA and they were worried that they'd gone too far.
No need for an inquiry into the Vic teams generally because they haven't been given concessions of the same nature.
Having said that after Hawthorn's fast 2008 success they did review the priority pick system as they felt that contributed too much to Hawthorn's success. So when they do give concessions to Vic teams they do also review those periodically.
Its a given that Victoria breeds the most talent through sheer weight of numbers and they head interstate as theres only 400odd list spots available within all of Victoria, problem is, there was only 240 spots outside Victoria at that time.
Victoria cant support that kind of in balance because you cant trade back enough every year to top off your lists without leaving interstate clubs gutted as that would lead to some pretty ordinary matches week to week, so the only way to fast track your rebuilds is to have enough developing talent outside Victoria and the only way to do that without becoming too noticeable is having more spots to draw from, enter GC/GWS and another 80odd spots.
Sure they're promoted as the AFL's babies and how could they possibly be not intended to succeed but despite their draft concessions they haven't achieved anything of note apart from one poor GF showing. Truth is there is more to gain from an AFL perspective in Tom Lynch helping Richmond to a 2nd and 3rd flag than putting bums on seats on the GC, same to with JC and many more.
Conveniently around the same time they introduced free agency, it was touted as an avenue for homesick players to return home after they'd given good service to their drafting clubs but lets be honest, as Vic produces the most 18yr olds it also will be the place many of those developed 26yo's head back to and conveniently right on the cusp of their prime footballing years.
Now lets look at the last 14 seasons since the inquiry, Vic teams have won 12 of 14 flags and only missed a 13th by a kick with 5 in a row 2 times, yes COLA and state teams gifted to new entries during the 80's and 90's saw us get on a run but nothing like the run you guys have had post inquiry so is it now fair to say that you guys are getting the better end of the stick to a much greater degree and its about time this was looked into?
Problem is it isnt a problem for the AFL powerbrokers anymore as they're getting their wins so there wont be a need to revisit it.
My side is stacked full of talent, our journey is much different to those of Vic clubs, we need to build a young list and capitalise before the core group hit free agency because at that point they'll leave for the 'big clubs' and the lifestyle that comes with it, this is undeniable as there has been and endless stream of KP players heading back to Vic clubs, far more than the other way around or non Vic to non Vic.
Sure we'll get picks in return but thats just the cycle repeating.
That we were able to keep Travis Boak has always been a point of interest considering the pressure put on him by Geelong, a credit to the man and probably a lot of the reason why we haven't suffered the same fate as other pilfered interstate clubs.
Problem is, our youth needs to contend with your mature aged bigger bodies in their prime when we get to the pointy end if we are to reach the top of the mountain and it seems to be a bridge too far of late.
Can we do it, yes, is it likely, history of late suggests not.
Anyway thats how i see it and im sure there will be plenty of people suggesting im paranoid etc. etc. but the principle is sound, you take back more than you lose and our only chance is to snag one with a developing list before you come knocking.