Here at Neds, we are a Brisbane-based business and a proud sponsor of the original and the best AFL team in Queensland, the mighty Brisbane Lions, we thought we’d give some local insight for the SA & WA clubs calling the Sunshine State home for the coming weeks.
Sure, those Gold Coast resorts look luxurious and perhaps it will be a bonding experience for the teams but we think that after a few weeks they’ll never want to leave.
Perth is too far away and Adelaide is well, Adelaide.
Queensland is now the heartland of Australian Rules Football and after a month of playing up here, there’s plenty of excellent towns for the SA and WA clubs to re-locate to should they choose to stay.
Caboolture – Sth East QLD’s Frankston
“We’re the pride of South
We’re the mighty Caboolture Crows.”
Located in between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, Caboolture is kind of like South East Queensland’s Frankston.
The Adelaide Crows have had a shocking few years since their loss in the 2017 Grand Final and a stint in Caboolture will do more character-building than a pre-season camp sitting on a bus listening to the Richmond theme song.
Caboolture has a reputation for being a bit rough around the edges and is a far cry from the illegal training camp recently held on the Barossa Valley by the Crows.
With the Crows being based in Caboolture they will have access to beautiful locations such as Bribie Island, Woodford and Morayfield Sizzler should it reopen.
There is also the Narangba Crows Footy Club nearby, plus the Burpengary Footy Ground in the region has actually hosted AFLW and Marsh Series matches in the past.
The people of Caboolture have been crying out for a professional sports team for years and the Crows being based there will really turn it into an Aussie Rules heartland.
Port Adelaide and Ipswich – Together at Last!
“Port Ipswich to win,
We’ll never give in,
‘till the flag is ours for the taking
Forget Alan “Alfie” Langer, here comes Alan Scott (the former major sponsor/man who was WRONG after the 2004 Grand Final) Port Adelaide is coming to Ipswich!
While the Power is getting in early on the Lions who will move to their new elite headquarters in Springfield in a couple of years time the synergies between the Port Adelaide Football Club and Ipswich is a match made in heaven.
Both working-class clubs with colourful characters on and off the field, the Power is set to paint the town of Ipswich Teal in 2020.
When you think about it, local identity and politician Pauline Hanson already has a good relationship with Port President David Koch from Sunrise and there’s a few on Port’s list that can blend in easily with the Ipswich locals.
It was a sad week for Port Adelaide as they found out their Magpies team would not partake in any 2020 SANFL season on the clubs 150th birthday.
Now is the time for the club to set free and find a new and better life in Ipswich.
For years many have lobbied for an NRL team to be based in the region.
Now is the time for Port Ipswich Power to make the region a Powerhouse for Australian Rules Football.
West End Eagles
Yuppies move into West End – What’s New?
“We’re the Eagles,
The West End Eagles,
And we’re there to show you why”
While it has been reported that the Eagles are considering locating themselves on the Gold Coast, for the time being, we think the club should consider the gentrified former working-class Brisbane suburb of West End for their QLD hub.
West End is full of great (take away only/limited dining and closed) restaurants, cafes and pubs, along with a mix of big old Queenslander houses and flashy new apartments that the West Coast Eagles players, officials and staff can easily afford in the true spirit of gentrification.
The Eagles players will love the edgy inner-city lifestyle without people bothering them.
Along with this, West End is quite close to Wollongabba – home of the Gabba/Brisbane Lions creating a suburban footy club rivalry that was once the longest away trip in the AFL.
With the density of Queensland clubs now starting to creep up in the AFL, Victorian fans will be starting to tweet cries of #QLDBIAS before you know it.
Fortitude Valley Dockers
Party suburb, Party Club
“Valley, way to go,
Hit ’em real hard send them down below.
Woah Valley, give ’em the old heave-ho
We are the Valley Dockers.”
While the Dockers have also considered the Gold Coast as a hub option, we think they’ll love what Brisbane’s notorious inner-city party suburb Fortitude Valley has to offer them.
Similar to the town of Fremantle, the Valley has provided many significant moments in Australian history such as the Moonlight State on 4 Corners and was the sight of the democracy manifest when Cecil Edwards was wrongly arrested for eating a succulent Chinese meal back in 1991.
Even when not in lockdown, the Valley’s Brunswick Street Mall is a perfect location for training during the day.
The Dockers could also play their home games at Queensland’s Ekka Grounds (Ekka is what they call their Royal Exhibition Show for some strange reason) which actually hosted a VFL match between Geelong and Essendon back in 1952.
Given that every single venue in the Valley also requires you to scan your ID in a ScanTek machine, Fremantle coaching staff and officials can keep a log of where the boys are at every time should more of the nightlife return in the coming weeks.
Along with the party culture, Fortitude Valley’s neighbouring suburb is Newstead, an old gentrified shipping town that would be a perfect fit for Fremantle as they call the area their home for 2020.