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  1. Taken out of context - see preceding post - I was referring to having respect for other party's P.O.V./needs, even when there's a contract in place, i.e. being grown-up and reasonable. The picture you're trying to paint of heartless clubs and merciless players, all stabbing each other in the back on a whim, just doesn't hold up.
  2. I wouldn't say "very" little, but apart from that, this is true of pretty well all contracts, especially employment contracts.
  3. I just think this is nonsense, especially coming one of the first here to consign players to the scrap heap and want them pushed out the door. Watts was moved on because he was seen as a negative influence. "Loyalty" isn't some kind of carte blanche to behave like a dick. You only have to look at how we've treated players like Daniel Cross or Col Garland to see that it goes beyond signatures on bits of paper. Even bringing in in-house players like Fritsch and co. from Casey smack of decisions that are driven by more than just cold calculation.

    Looks like they're taking it half-seriously.

    At this level, no. But it's not designed for elite athletes, it's not even designed as a spectator sport, it's designed to give easy access to jo/joanne average who just want to try Aust. Rules football. As I mentioned earlier, I watch something similar to this all the time here in Europe, and you are NOT seeing players who can regularly and accurately hoof the ball 50 m. Scores in the game I watch are similar to/lower than regular footy, even though they play 4 x 20 minute quarters. I definitely think it will help to increase participation internationally. What place it has in Australia on a professional/serious level, difficult to say, and like most here, I wouldn't be queuing up to watch it.

    As a spectator sport it doesn't have much to recommend - but could work well as an alternative format where there are fewer players, reduced ground size, etc. I get to see footy similar to this fairly often (in Europe), and it makes a lot more sense when everything is slowed down because skills and fitness are reduced. Not to mention, perfect as a social game.
  7. The adventures of President Donald Gump

    The danger with that though is you start to normalise extremism. This false equivalence is what gave us "but the emails".

    And so it starts ...

    Also, unless I'm mistaken, they're giving 2 weeks free.
  10. Good crowd it seems - could this help lift membership from out Casey way more than the presence of the men's team? Wouldn't surprise me.
  11. Preseason Training Week commencing - 22/01/18

    Hindsight bias.
  12. Lewis was third in our B&F, and that with missing a few matches.
  13. AFLX is coming (the X makes it sound cool)

    Nails it. And the flow on from that would be broader interest in AFL proper, and from that ... media rights, merchandising, licensing etc., perhaps eventually full-blown AFL matches/leagues/teams. i.e., $$$
  14. AFLX is coming (the X makes it sound cool)

    I wouldn't ignore the international element in this at all. One of the keys to AFLX is that it's basically played on soccer or rugby pitches - which you find all over the world, so this format removes one of the main stumbling blocks to access. There is interest outside Australia: Aussie Rules is building at a fairly rapid clip here in France, and that through local players/interest.
  15. AFLX is coming (the X makes it sound cool)

    I live in Paris, and have taken to watching the local French AFL. Here, it's played with 11 (I think) players on a rectangular rugby pitch, though they round out the corners. When I first heard about it I thought it would be a bit mickey mouse but in fact, it's enjoyable to watch and is recognisably footy as we know it. I thought perhaps that scoring would be too easy, but it's not the case - on the other hand, with more skilful players, not sure, the standard here isn't particularly high. The league in France is coming on in leaps and bounds, and anything the AFL can do to develop and publicise this more accessible format will help, as it will in most places outside of Australia. Just to say, the only place you find cricket-pitch type pitches in continental Europe are athletic tracks, so hankering after a traditional oval is a waste of time. Having said that, where it's played in Paris, out on the playing fields near the Chateau de Vincennes, there IS a cricket pitch, which is very popular with the local Pakistani community.
  16. The AFL are pretty clear: "Our sport is committed to addressing the cultural issues that cause harm to women and girls. We know that it requires policies, procedures, education and leadership to address those issues. This policy is about making sure that if and when we face incidents in our game that have harmed women, we have a transparent and trustworthy process to deal with complaints. The new policy includes: A clear complaint, investigation and support protocol The ability for members of the public to complain Increased oversight by the AFL's integrity unit Principles and objectives for disciplinary responses to harassment and violence against women Maintenance and review mechanisms "We know that football has fallen down in the past on the management of incidents involving harmful attitudes or actions towards girls and women. We need to send a message that individuals will be treated fairly and ensure they are provided with appropriate support." http://www.afl.com.au/news/2017-11-16/transparent-trustworthy-afls-new-respect-policy
  17. Manchester Bombing

  18. Manchester Bombing

    Rather than wonder, you could have checked. But it's easier just to regurgitate what you've been spoonfed from Breitbart. Here: "What we're hearing is a very, very extreme exaggeration based on a few isolated events, and the claim that it's related to immigration is more or less not true at all," says Jerzy Sarnecki, a criminologist at Stockholm University. Sweden does indeed have far more reported cases of sexual assault than any other country. But it's not because Swedes – of any colour – are very criminal. It's because they're very feminist. Imagine, for example, if your boss rubbed against you in an unwanted way at work once a week for a year. In Canada, this would potentially be a case of sexual assault. Under Germany's laws, it would be zero cases. In Sweden, it would be tallied as 52 separate cases of rape. The marked increase in rape cases during the 2000s is almost entirely a reflection of Sweden's deep public interest in sexual equality and the rights of women, not of attacks by newcomers. Crime rates are mostly a product not of ethnicity but of class. In a 2013 analysis of 63,000 Swedish residents, Prof. Sarnecki and his colleagues found that 75 per cent of the difference in foreign-born crime is accounted for by income and neighbourhood, both indicators of poverty. Among the Swedish-born children of immigrants, the crime rate falls in half and is 100-per-cent attributable to class – they are no more likely to commit crimes, including rape, than ethnic Swedes of the same income family."
  19. Manchester Bombing

    Actually, the origin of that article is, surprise surprise, Breitbart. All the other sites that ran it use the original story or quote it. No reputable publication has gone anywhere near it, for obvious reasons. Somewhat ironic that ProDee should be citing one of Sweden's leading feminists.
  20. Manchester Bombing

    Laughable. When did you ever live and work in Europe? What do you know about the day to day lives of we here who do, and the role/place of muslims in that? I know muslims who are doctors, lawyers, in the army etc., and I work with/for/around muslims all the time - their interests and concerns are the same as mine ... what the hell was that goalkeeper thinking ... are my kids spending too much time on Social Media ... is my elderly mother getting the care that she needs etc. etc. What you're doing is just ignorantly demonising a whole population on the basis of their race and religion. For which there's a term.
  21. Boot Camp 2017 cancelled by Players

    Much ado about nothing.
  22. Harley Balic is settling in nicely.

    Calling out a player who may have (legitimate) mental health issues as "weak" and a "mummies (sic) boy" has nothing to do with politics. Hopefully Harley is getting better support and understanding from the club than he's getting from some here.
  23. Harley Balic is settling in nicely.

    "Jesse will have some time away from the club, while his mother has also flown over from Perth to be with him."
  24. Harley Balic is settling in nicely.

    Just not true (read his interview, many of his issues flowed on from being long-term injured), but even if it is, so what? It takes a lot more mental courage to be honest with yourself about what your emotional needs are than it does to just plow on regardless, toughing it out because "that's what real men do". This is the kind of BS that leads to the suicide rate amongst men being X3 that of women.