Get ready for Mad Mondays in Mumbai!
It’s the middle of August and we are on the verge of another finals series. The administrative structure of the new GC17 franchise is (very) slowly being pieced together and the League has it’s eye on the promised land of young, impressionable families out in Western Sydney; just waiting for a major football code to win over their hearts, minds and wallets.
So…what is the logical step to take as we head towards an expanded national competition? You guessed it…play preseason games in India! Of course, we have already held a preseason cup match in Dubai this year where the big-wigs at Toyota and Air Emirates got to see how a little of their pocket change was being spent. Let’s hope they were impressed…
But it appears that there will be two preseason games held in India next year, most likely in Mumbai and New Dehli, as well as a match already organised in South Africa. And the clubs are lobbying heavily to be involved! Of course, there is no real danger of our indigenous game taking off overseas but what would happen if the AFL went global? What teams would leave our fine shores? And where would they go? Let’s find out as we embark on Get Some AFL India round!
Now that the Dogs are dabbling in high-altitude training, they would gain a nice ‘home’ advantage if they played in Nepal!
Telstra Stadium, Melbourne – 7:40pm (local): Western Bulldogs v Essendon (SEVEN)
DOGS by 41: Rodney Eade says that they are not paying attention to Essendon’s injury woes…but we doubt the addition of ‘old what’s-his-name‘ and ‘that young bloke‘ will be worrying the Dogs too much!
The finals-starved Tigers might take America by storm – they could play their home games in New York…on 9th Street, of course!
MCG, Melbourne – 2:10pm (local): Richmond v Fremantle (TEN)
TIGERS by 36: The Dockers are too busy working out who will chair off their numerous retiring veterans to be bothered with game plans!
Forget Debt Demolition…maybe the Demons relocating to Ireland is what Jim Stynes has in mind all along!
AAMI Stadium, Adelaide– 2:40pm (local): Port Adelaide v Melbourne (FOX)
POWER by 18: Dean Bailey may have some inside knowledge on Port Adelaide but the Power also have some info on Melbourne…like, they have won three games all year because they are not very good!
Viva Bris Vegas! Who wouldn’t travel to watch their team play away games if the Lions moved to Las Vegas?
GABBA, Brisbane – 7:10pm (local): Brisbane v Carlton (FOX)
LIONS by 19: Brisbane to stay alive for another week while the Blues will start looking ahead to 2009, when they add Daniel Kerr…and Jeff White…and lots of other players that they shouldn’t be able to afford!
Collingwood are more than welcome to relocate to Dubai. They can start their own comp, win the flag every year and leave the rest of us alone…sounds fine to us!
Telstra Dome, Melbourne – 7:10pm (local): Collingwood v Sydney (TEN)
Germany would be a great fit for the Cats…plenty of calves blood for Max Rooke and an endless supply of ‘piss, pork and porn’ for Billy Brownless!
Skilled Stadium, Geelong – 1:10pm (local): Geelong v North Melbourne (FOX)
CATS by 48: Forget the challenge from the Roos – the biggest threat to Geelong’s flag tilt would be if half the team ate a dodgy bratwurst!
Keen to gain any advantage, the Crows will base themselves in one of the world’s most intimidating and hostile environments…yep, they’ll just stay put in Adelaide!
Telstra Dome, Melbourne – 2:10pm (local): St Kilda v Adelaide (SEVEN)
Paris, Rome, Los Angeles…the Hawks would relocate to whichever destination made Buddy Franklin happy!
Subiaco, Perth – 2:40pm (local): West Coast v Hawthorn (FOX)