Rumour Blues investigating selling games to PNG

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A lot of recent dialogue in Canberra about potential travel bubbles in the pacific region opening up has throw a real curve ball out there for the AFL.

Apparently COVID hasn't been too kind to the blues from a financial standpoint with a lot of their off field interests not being able to run effectively.

As a result they have been in close discussions witt the AFL and PNG government about running a trial in 2021 where they sell 3 home games per year to be based out of a stadium that will be built in Port Moresby

There's an existing fan base for the game PNG but this one really makes no sense whatsoever for me.
There is almost no AFL fan base in PNG - it's die-hard Rugby League, with a little bit of soccer and volleyball. I'd be surprised if 1% of the population had ever seen an AFL game on TV.

On top of that - it's an extremely poor country. Carlton are not playing games in Morseby for a dozen locals to be paying 1 kina each to attend.
 

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A lot of recent dialogue in Canberra about potential travel bubbles in the pacific region opening up has throw a real curve ball out there for the AFL.

Apparently COVID hasn't been too kind to the blues from a financial standpoint with a lot of their off field interests not being able to run effectively.

As a result they have been in close discussions witt the AFL and PNG government about running a trial in 2021 where they sell 3 home games per year to be based out of a stadium that will be built in Port Moresby

There's an existing fan base for the game PNG but this one really makes no sense whatsoever for me.
Maybe it's time, for you to reinvest your energy in your own shitshow of a club

 

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When I lived in Cairns, a team or 2 were fifo'ing some PNG locals in each week to play.

Zero chance this happens, there is no money there, the joints broke.

Australia used to finance the place quite heavily. I wonder if it's still the case?
What do you mean used to?
 

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Do you mean in that we still hugely fund them and that it's not past tense?

Or are you asking how we funded them?
No I mean we still fund them, I don’t know why, the country is richer in resources than Australia, it just that it I’d siphoned off
 

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No I mean we still fund them, I don’t know why, the country is richer in resources than Australia, it just that it I’d siphoned off
I don't think the resources are being exploited and if they were, it would be a foreign nation, like Australia taking advantage of it and Indonesia has taken half the joint and they're full steam ahead mining it.
 

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I don't think the resources are being exploited and if they were, it would be a foreign nation, like Australia taking advantage of it and Indonesia has taken half the joint and they're full steam ahead mining it.
Pm me
 

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I'm hearing similar, but Rabaul in the conversation.

They want to make a New Britain/Wayne Brittain thing

catchy.
Bit hard to play in Rabaul, the town is under ash, kokopo maybe but even then , footy is reasonably buoyant in moresby, used to have a strong comp in Lae in the 80s
 

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Having been to PNG on a couple of occasions I just cant see how this is plausible.
Bullshit!
 

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Members email this morning outlined how the Blues are now debt free and already have smashed their membership record for this season.

This rumour was just some utter sh*t made up by somebody who should probably focus more on his train wreck of a football club.

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A lot of recent dialogue in Canberra about potential travel bubbles in the pacific region opening up has throw a real curve ball out there for the AFL.

Apparently COVID hasn't been too kind to the blues from a financial standpoint with a lot of their off field interests not being able to run effectively.

As a result they have been in close discussions witt the AFL and PNG government about running a trial in 2021 where they sell 3 home games per year to be based out of a stadium that will be built in Port Moresby

There's an existing fan base for the game PNG but this one really makes no sense whatsoever for me.

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Not sure anyone can trust any financials record Carlton keep, let alone how they position them to their members out of desperation. My source is still certain this is a very real conversation with scope for reality in the future.

Wouldn't put a merger off the cards if they are looking at this too.
 

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Not sure anyone can trust any financials record Carlton keep, let alone how they position them to their members out of desperation. My source is still certain this is a very real conversation with scope for reality in the future.

Wouldn't put a merger off the cards if they are looking at this too.
Yep those independent auditors the clubs use along with the AFL but the financials can't be trusted.

Debt free, record membership and a new development at Princes Park screams merger to me.

I was going to say there is more chance of James Hird coaching Essendon again than Carlton merging but you never know what Sheeds and the rest of the 'Whatever it takes' crew out at Tullamarine will come up with next.
 

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Not sure anyone can trust any financials record Carlton keep, let alone how they position them to their members out of desperation. My source is still certain this is a very real conversation with scope for reality in the future.

Wouldn't put a merger off the cards if they are looking at this too.
Tell your source that he should pick a country with some money next time he makes up a story....