Lol things are going great .
We could say we told you so but I suspect those in the cult will ignore what the Syd AFL people say & go with t Dills propaganda .
He's an expert at it
Shocking figures reveal the AFL's $200million push into western Sydney is FAILING - with calls for the league to help the GWS Giants land Dustin Martin
* New figures show that just one per cent of western Sydney residents play AFL
* The Giants have slumped to 15th on the AFL ladder and their coach has quit
* Despite a $200 million AFL cash injection, AFL is last of 11 sports followed
* Former Swans boss warns the NRL's $800 million stadiums project will bury AFL
By JOSH ALSTON FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
PUBLISHED: 14:59 AEST, 14 May 2022 | UPDATED: 15:03 AEST, 14 May 2022
New statistics reveal the AFL's massive push into the western suburbs has been a categoric failure with soccer and NRL-sanctioned sports smashing the GWS Giants in nearly every area.
Figures revealed by The Weekend Australian have revealed that just one per cent of participants in sport in the important Parramatta heartland are playing Aussie Rules, compared to a staggering 47 per cent participation rate in soccer and 24 per cent in rugby league when touch football and Oztag are included.
Of 11 sports covered in the participation rates, Aussie Rules sits dead last.
It's a hugely disappointing finding considering the AFL has tipped an estimated $200million into the region over the last decade in a bid to gain ground on sports like rugby league and soccer.
Dustin Martin has been connected to a possible move to the Giants. The Richmond superstar lived in Sydney for a year as teenager and is reportedly increasingly fond of life in the city, where he recently spent a month training with Paul Gallen while on personal leave from footy.
Speaking earlier this month, GWS chief executive David Matthews said Martin was a 'genuine superstar of our game' and noted several players had opted to leave Melbourne for the harbour city.
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has ruled out giving GWS any financial help to land Martin, but the findings about the game's failings in western Sydney could force the league to revise that stance.
While the numbers at grassroots level are shocking, the performance of the top flight team the GWS Giants is hardly inspiring in 2022, either. The club sits 15th on the ladder and has just parted ways with coach Leon Cameron.
In contrast, the Penrith Panthers won the 2021 NRL premiership, Parramatta contested the finals and the Western Sydney Wanderers were A-League champions in their first season, Asian Cup winners in their second and are perennial finalists that attract huge crowds.
The AFL continues to pump money into the region to boost the sport's profile and participation with seven new AFL facilities constructed and upgrades approved for 13 other clubs in the last decade.
Former Sydney Swans chairman Richard Colless said the AFL had seriously underestimated rugby league heartlands in NSW and believes the code has ignored key regions including the Hunter Valley and Illawarra - where 27 per cent of the Australian population he lives.
Colless warned that the NRL's $800million war chest to develop suburban grounds could be a hammer blow to Aussie Rules participation in the state.
'This is the world rugby league heartland and I fear the AFL may have massively underestimated the power and craftiness of rugby league,' he said.
'I reckon if all suburban grounds are materially upgraded and with no draft it will lead to greater local links being created. It will be back to the good old days [for the NRL].'
Despite the damning figures, AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said the Giants are 'a success story'.
'The Giants have unquestionably been a success story for our game and in the broader Australian sporting landscape with three teams across men's and women's elite sport and while they have reached great heights on-field, they have also continued to expand their footprint at an extraordinary rate,' he said.
'Given the base the club has built in new territory in just 11 years, there is no doubt it is going to be a very powerful and large club attracting generations of fans for decades to come.'
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Crickets chirping after I post $5 AFlol tickets .
Self ownage ..no one does it better .