For Australian Football to get better we need to consistently compete at a higher level. It is time for us to create a National league.
In NSW this year we paid about $1400 to go to Victoria for a week to compete at the GA Nationals and play three games of Football, we also had to take a week off work. On top of that we still had to buy food etc and pay for our airfares so realistically it cost each player about $2000.
Now if we had a yearly National Competition where each state plays each other once with a regular season of 5 games that would mean that each state would need to travel a maximum of three Flights per season. Teams could fly in and fly out the same day of the game (except for the trip to and or from Perth to the Eastern Seaboard which could require 1 night of accommodation and meals $100 extra pp.).
The benefits of this would be
1. More state games.
2. Annual intersate competition.
3. every state gets to play each other every year.
4. Top level players get to play with committed teamates and a higher standard of play.
5. No Time off work needed.
6. The standard of state football would improve.
7. there would be some positive flow on affect to the clubs.
The Concept could be the same as what they do in the Rugby Super 14's, the national comp could be played in Autumn (April and May) and then the state players could return to their clubs for their local state comps.
How much would this concept cost each player?
In comparing the flights if NSW had to travel to Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne return (3 away games) and 2 home games vs ACT and QLD.
Sydney to Perth Return plus 1 night accommodation and Meals $700
Sydney to Adelaide return same day $250
Sydney to Melbourne Return same day $200
Canberra would travel to Sydney $0 for NSW Players
QLD would travel to Sydney $0 for NSW Players..
Total projected travel cost $1150 in airfare, basically NSW is able to play an extra 2 games than what they did at the GA Nationals for approximately half the cost and no time off work.. Now if you compared this over 2 years vs the national Championships every 2nd Year. NSW would be able to play 10 Interstate Games vs 3. Basically each state could play 3 times as many state games for the same cost as attending the GA Nationals every 2 years.
I think that is pretty good value for money....
let me know your thoughts on this..... Is it something that you think is practical for us?
Would you like to see it happen?