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Dogs_r_barking

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Can't see us having the cash to be able to do that even if we wanted too
Why? We don’t have a net debt. Marvel Stadium is now owned by the AFL and we supposedly now have a better deal, so why as a club do we penny pinch? No specialist forward coach even though we have been crying out for one for years, and now no attempt to stop our AFLW team from being raided, by clubs offering them either money or jobs?
 

Munnez

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Apr 2, 2018
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A balance sheet that is just a bit in the black. Just don't think our cash reserves run deep enough and not seeing a major sponsor coming forward for a services agreement, like is what is allegedly happening with one K Brennan
 

Mantis Toboggan

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Mar 24, 2018
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Do you think it would be possible to take a protest banner to the AFLW games next year?

I know it would make no difference, but it seems like something has to be done to at least put this topic on the agenda. The AFL are systematically picking apart our team and nobody in the media is even talking about it.

It’s not even about the Dogs, it’s the integrity of the game that is being eroded here.

I suppose I’ll do the only thing I can and vote with my feet. I won’t attend any games and I won’t be watching them on TV. Sadly it’s the fans, Club and our players that suffer which only compounds the issue.
 
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gangsta deluxe

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The AFL need to create a salary cap and one with minimums that fairly compensates the run of the mill players - and they need to subsidise it.

If they want high interest and a quality competition where the forerunners of it aren’t unfairly pillaged that’s what they need to do. But they don’t have enough respect for the AFLW to do that.
 

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Mattdougie

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Can anyone confirm that in fact the bulldogs have lowered their entire spend on the AFLW for the next two years?
 

AuTo00Z

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So here's what Conti had to say about her decision to move... Talks about how good the doggies were to her (eg. supporting her basketball career) and then says she's leaving cause of Richmond's 'professionalism' and that she wants to be part of something new. (surely winning a premiership a year ago, in her debut year was new enough?) Say's she's appreciative, but hasn't (publicly) thanked the club or the supporters at all. It almost makes Katie Brennan's departure seem classy, cause she at least tried to be humble and genuine (or at least make it seem that way), and her reasons were somewhat understandable. Also, don't get me started on how she only mentions the bulldogs in a newspaper interview (which would've been paid) that people have to look for (as opposed to the bulldog's website or her social media). I hope she enjoys raking in all this money while she can.

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/do-not-publish-yet-really-difficult-decision-conti-20190422-p51g6y.html

'Really difficult decision': Conti traded to Richmond for pick one
By Daniel Cherny
April 24, 2019 — 5.53pm

A desire to be part of something new led Monique Conti to make the difficult move from the Western Bulldogs to Richmond.
Having been denied the chance to move to the Tigers as a straightforward expansion signing because the Dogs had already lost their quota of four players to a new club, Conti endured a protracted period in limbo, but has ended up at Punt Road, traded to Richmond for pick one in this year's draft.
It is a major blow for the Dogs, who lost league best and fairest Emma Kearney to North Melbourne last year and co-captain Katie Brennan to the Tigers earlier this month.

Monique Conti.CREDIT:JASON SOUTH
The loss of Conti - who doesn’t turn 20 until later this year - may be the biggest loss of all. Leaving her promising basketball career to one side, Conti is already a very accomplished AFLW player, named best afield in the Dogs’ winning grand final side last year, and earning a best-and-fairest and All-Australian selection this year.

It’s understood the Dogs tabled a lucrative deal to the young midfielder in a last-gasp bid to retain her services.
But the pitch from Richmond women’s football chief Kate Sheahan and coach Tom Hunter proved too good to refuse.
“[It was a ] really difficult decision,” Conti told The Age.
“Bulldogs were a great club to me and I really enjoyed my time there, and they really helped me a lot with my basketball side of things, and I’m really appreciative of them.
“Probably one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make. But I’ve come into Richmond and they’re such a great club. I clicked really well with the coaching staff. There’s a really professional feeling here at Richmond. I think I just want to be a part of something new and that’s going to grow.

“They obviously have this vision of what they want the AFL women’s program to be and I’m really interested in that. I just want to be a big part of that.
“[Also] the fact they’re supportive of dual athletes in general and they’re really willing to help me achieve where I want to go in both sports.”
Conti said that informing Dogs coach Paul Groves and his assistants was the hardest part of moving.
“And obviously the girls that you grow strong friendships with as well,” she said.
“But they’re understanding that it’s my future, it’s my decision to make. They’re tough conversations, but it’s good that people are understanding of it as well.”

Conti said she made her decision independently of Brennan but that the pair have spoken about the move, and that it will be nice to have a familiar face at Richmond.
For someone still in her second decade, Conti’s list of sporting achievements is remarkable. She made her WNBL debut for the Melbourne Boomers at just 16, was named the competition’s rookie of the year, has represented her country at underage level and is eyeing an Opals opening down the track. She foresees a day when she may need to choose between her two sports, but thinks it’s probably still years away.
Given her hectic schedule, there isn’t much time for Conti to relax, with studies in business management a further commitment.
Conti still lives at home in Maidstone, with mum Simone helping to ensure her daughter doesn’t get carried away with what she’s done so far.
“My mum keeps me quite grounded. I’m lucky to have her so I don’t get this big head. There’s always room improvement, that’s how I like to look at it, and I can always achieve a lot more. That’s what keeps me going,” Conti said.

“She doesn’t force me to do anything... [but] she’s always wanting me to do more and achieve more, which is what I want to do too. She keeps me in line and makes sure my head is screwed on. She’s a really good mum.”
 

NBates

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"....But I’ve come into Richmond and they’re such a great club. I clicked really well with the coaching staff. There’s a really professional feeling here at Richmond..."

So I gather we're not (a great club)
So I gather you didn't (click really well with coaching staff at 'Dogs)
So I gather the Bulldogs are less than professional and were just having a bit of a muck around and a bit of kick to kick.

Talk about putting the place down.

Yeah, cheers, thanks a lot.

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Pugz89

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Jun 29, 2015
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A balance sheet that is just a bit in the black. Just don't think our cash reserves run deep enough and not seeing a major sponsor coming forward for a services agreement, like is what is allegedly happening with one K Brennan
Surely Mercedes Benz vans could offer up a car...
 

AuTo00Z

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Feb 12, 2014
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"....But I’ve come into Richmond and they’re such a great club. I clicked really well with the coaching staff. There’s a really professional feeling here at Richmond..."

So I gather we're not (a great club)
So I gather you didn't (click really well with coaching staff at 'Dogs)
So I gather the Bulldogs are less than professional and were just having a bit of a muck around and a bit of kick to kick.

Talk about putting the place down.

Yeah, cheers, thanks a lot.

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Yeah, pretty much all her reasons are the basic stuff that any player should expect from their club, so citing those as the reasons she's leaving is a kick in the guts to the doggies. And the reasons she gave are almost impossible to confirm unless you already played for the club (or at least involved in some way). I bet she would've been saying all that stuff about the doggies a year ago (after just having won a premiership), but as soon as things get tough is quick to chase the money and talk ill of the club who gave her an opportunity and helped develop her. I wonder what she'll say if and when Richmond aren't winning games...
 

dogwatch

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I don't like what she's done but we can hardly blame her if the money makes it a no-brainer. I don't know if our counter-offer came close or not but I think the horse had already bolted. A bit like Ward going to GWS, perhaps. Too little too late.

We've got to remember she's only 19 and hardly media-savvy. Maybe not even all that smart - I simply don't know.

Katy Brennan had already used one of the standard lines ("stale", "needed a change" or whatever she said to justify taking the big bucks at Richmond) so Conti had to say something different. I doubt she really meant to give a backhander to the Dogs even if that's how it sounds to everyone listening.

I don't want to waste my contempt on a callow 19yo who is doing what nearly every one of us would have done in that situation.
I'm saving it all for the AFL/AFLW.
 

VitalDread

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