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Bullants- Carlton Alignment
Officials from both clubs are due to meet this week to start discussions re the alignment. It seems that people within the football department at Carlton are keen to go it alone in 2007; however it is worth remembering that this was the position of some at Carlton in September 2003. Alot has happened since 2003 and from midway through 2004 the alignment has blossomed. The recruitment of Garry O'Sullivan as football manager has been a major coup for the Bullants and has conincided with the club making the top four in 2005 and 2006. Despite an average start to his coaching career, Barry Mitchell has also been very influential in changing the culture of the club. In brief the alignment has gone from being the worst in the VFL to one of the best in under three years. I'm not sure it's of benefit to the VFL or Carlton to go stand-alone. Having AFL clubs as stand-alone outfits demeans the competition and I think lessens the standard. For mine there has never been a better second tier competition than the VFL at present. Playing games at big venues like Princes or Victoria Park isn't of any benefit to the VFL, just look at stand-alone games at Geelong, no atmosphere, terrible when shown on the ABC. In saying this the standing alone of AFL and VFL clubs may be the only option. The Bullants have been strong on the issue of who coaches the club and this has obviously upset some at Carlton. But what is a club who can't even select its coach?
MinkaBeaver
[quote="bullants"]Officials from both clubs are due to meet this week to start discussions re the alignment. It seems that people within the football department at Carlton are keen to go it alone in 2007; however it is worth remembering that this was the position of some at Carlton in September 2003. Alot has happened since 2003 and from midway through 2004 the alignment has blossomed. The recruitment of Garry O'Sullivan as football manager has been a major coup for the Bullants and has conincided with the club making the top four in 2005 and 2006. Despite an average start to his coaching career, Barry Mitchell has also been very influential in changing the culture of the club. In brief the alignment has gone from being the worst in the VFL to one of the best in under three years. I'm not sure it's of benefit to the VFL or Carlton to go stand-alone. Having AFL clubs as stand-alone outfits demeans the competition and I think lessens the standard. For mine there has never been a better second tier competition than the VFL at present. Playing games at big venues like Princes or Victoria Park isn't of any benefit to the VFL, just look at stand-alone games at Geelong, no atmosphere, terrible when shown on the ABC. In saying this the standing alone of AFL and VFL clubs may be the only option. The Bullants have been strong on the issue of who coaches the club and this has obviously upset some at Carlton. But what is a club who can't even select its coach?[/quote] If the alignment came to an end, what would happen to the Bullants? Are they still mired by the financial difficulties they suffered throughout the mid-late 90s?
footyman
How long did the NAB sign up as a sponsor for? Supposedly that was a lucrative deal, probably came about because of the Carlton alignment, but surely the terms of that would be important in determining how the Bullants could go standing alone.
bullants
NAB deal is for three years.
bcarbonaro
I think also the fact that the NAB's CEO's brother is a player at the club had something to do with it as well.
Dolphin
[quote="bullants"]NAB deal is for three years.[/quote] Apparently subject to a number of conditions.
bcarbonaro
Any idea what these conditions are?
theobserver
I heard that Carlton thought the Cramer St oval was too small for their players and was hampering the development of their players. Have you ever heard so much nonsense?
bcarbonaro
Yeah, it's the typical AFL club thing of trying to stand over the VFL alignment partner.
3SER977FM (not verified)
[quote="theobserver"]I heard that Carlton thought the Cramer St oval was too small for their players and was hampering the development of their players. Have you ever heard so much nonsense?[/quote] Well done theobserver, your mail is absolutely spot on. Over a month after theobserver posted this, Greg Swann, Carlton chief executive, has come out and stated categorically that the Carlton-Bullants alignment will only continue if the majority of the Bullants games are played at MC Labour Park. He said that the ground condition and dimensions of NAB Oval aren't conducive to the developments of the young Carlton players, and it's either MC Labour Park or the highway for that alignment. So, thus we can deduce that from next season, VFL home-and-away football WILL be played at MC Labour Park, whether it be the home of a stand-alone Carlton reserves outfit, or an aligned Northern Bullants outfit. What are people's thoughts?
ExtendtheDUKES
This a case of people trying to be as professional as possible for the sake of being proffesional. What I mean by this is that by using the 'developmnet card' they are viewed by many in football people as a proactive football operations team, however us VFL supporters all know its a crock of sh.t. Carlton may develop a good team for travelling to Subiaco and Football Park however how will they manage the tight grounds like telstra stadium, telstra dome, SCG, etc. They will have to become a travelling circus only pitching their tent on grounds large enough to suit their game. From memory Dookie Utd have a good sized oval.

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