- May 18, 2012
- Back In Town
- AFL Club
- North Melbourne
- Other Teams
- Jays, Leafs
I did notice a couple of people correctly pointing out MUFC developing players, but to say North has done anything close to what Melbourne and the Dogs have done is laughable.
North were involved with the MUGARS for a decade simply because it was the right thing to do.
That inevitably contributed meaningfully to the development of some players who became stars in the AFLW.
Without the vision of WB and Melbourne, and especially Susan Alberti, to bring the best players to the big stage, the AFLW probably doesn’t happen, especially not as successfully as it has.
The two original AFLW clubs with the least women’s footy bona fides have turned out to be the two biggest basket cases. Go figure.
North deserved an original license ahead of one of Carlton or Collingwood, and we wouldn’t be having this discussion (though in that alternative timeline we almost certainly still sign Kearney and probably Blackburn as well as Ashmore and Gibson).
Dogs won a flag which will fly forever. North haven’t yet.
Anyway, I hope Lochland and Huntington can get back out there and we see you again in the finals. Good luck the rest of the way.