Hume City FC

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10 December, 2019





Mar 9, 2017 - 8:29pm

On Monday night the 6th of March 2017, a major step in Australian Football History was taken with the creation of an Association for NPL clubs Australia wide.

On this night we convened an informal meeting at Olympic Village, the home of Heidelberg F.C. with a small number of football delegate’s in attendance.

As I write this, clubs all over Australia are declaring their allegiance to the Association one by one.

Clubs which have been divided and conquered have finally woken up. It's one for all and all for one.

I thought to myself looking around the room, “This one is going to be one for the football historian’s to write about in 50 years time”.

There was a great feel in the air.

It was the gathering of some very informed and influential individuals who understand the scope of the game.

They know the lot.

The good, the bad and the ugly.

Yet no one listens to them.

They are not paid millions of dollars like the one’s running the game, these individuals are the people sparing their family time, their, own money and resources to grow the game.

They deal with kids, parents, coaches, players, supporters, council's, hot dogs and meat pies.

They put their hands in their pocket to help pay the electricity bill when the amount is larger than the money made by the weekly canteen takings.

On this night there was one item on the agenda. FOOTBALL.

In the lead up to this meeting, the word was out on social media.

The Victorian clubs were getting together.

The haters had begun the banter once again...

“The ethnic clubs are at it again in Victoria”

“The trouble making wogs” someone commented.

So here I am writing this column.

In Australia we have a very interesting view of what Australian is.

So what is ethnic?

Well as a bit of an ice breaker the question was asked at the gathering.

- Who is Australian?

Everyone’s hand went up.

Then the next question...

-Who was actually born in Australia?

Everyone’s hand stayed up except one individual.

That was the hand of the most stereo typical Australian looking person in the room.

Who was it? It was none other than that of Dean Hennessey the Technical Director of Hume City FC. The proud son of Welsh legend, Terry Hennessey.

The room erupted into a massive laughter.

Hennessey reiterated with his confused Welsh/Aussie accent, ‘Hey, I have been here since I was 17, surely that makes me Australian!’

Which leads me to the topic of ethnic cleansing in the sport? What does it actually mean?

The clubs are all run by Australian born, primary, secondary and tertiary educated, taxpaying successful professionals.

What does ethnic cleansing mean, when Mark Viduka, Marco Bresciano, and Oscar Crino , all products of these clubs are considered legends of Australian Football?

You know the issue isn’t even ethnicity.

The proof is in the pudding when you have so called ethnic’s with heritage from all over the planet, sitting in a room talking through the actual problems of the game.

The actual issue for the game of football is a total power play by a complete dictatorship of the game.

The ethnicity problem is just a cover up to what is happening behind the scenes, a cheap way to sell a good story, I say.

This is a dictatorship which cannot carry on any longer.

The NPL clubs of Australia like its A League counterparts want answers.

This is not an uprising of a few ‘crazy wogs’ as painted by the people who are threatened.

Rest assured no one wants to spoil the FFA Control Room.

This is a gathering of like minded Australian clubs, with the same problems.

They simply want,

to be heard,

to have a say,

to be rewarded whilst growing men’s and women’s football,

to ensure families don’t have to pay thousands of dollars to play the game at junior levels.

to be able to grow its own brand if they are good enough to compete with the best,

They don’t want to be dictated to anymore by business that does not fund the game.

The NPL clubs just like its A League brothers and sisters are completely over the 'our way or the high way' attitude.

The time has come for the FFA to sit down and have an open discussion about the root of the problems with the people in the football kitchen, and that is what this association of clubs will achieve for the greater good of the game.

This is not war rather a chance to talk.

It is a chance to listen to clubs with a common problem.

Everybody, watch this space.

Ezel Hikmet