Greater Western Sydney star Tom Green has teed off at the AFL’s “Victorian bias” in a resurfaced podcast clip.
A Giants Academy graduate, Green was bid on by Carlton with pick No. 10 in the 2019 draft before the Giants matched the bid to secure the midfielder.
Green finished 12th in this year’s Brownlow Medal count and has emerged as one of the best midfielders in the competition.
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His conversation with ex-Giant Tom Sheridan on the Tommy Talks podcast resurfaced this week on an AFL subreddit.
“If we can’t acknowledge the competition where 10 teams are from Melbourne … It’s come from the ‘V’, the Victorian Football League now to the AFL,” he said in late June.
“If we can’t acknowledge that the competition is just inherently biased, what are we doing here?”
“I’m not saying that I have a solution to that, but we just need to acknowledge the reality that we live in and that is that it’s biased to Victoria when most of the clubs are there.
“That’s where most of the footballing infrastructure has been in terms of AusKick programs, school programs, all this sort of stuff. Then people get picked up every year playing school footy for Victoria.
“I get the majority of good footballers are playing in Victoria, but like I said that’s because it’s coming from the VFL and it’s a Victorian biased league.”
The 2019 AFL draft saw Victorians Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson taken with the opening two picks by Gold Coast.
A bid for Green at pick No. 10 in hindsight seems a bargain for the Giants given the 22-year-old’s output in his four seasons so far.
“I think there was some element of that (being disrespected in the draft),” Green said.
“I‘m not going to say pick one – Matt Rowell was and still is an unbelievable player, his under 18s year as well – but my form says otherwise (laughs).”
Also in Green’s sights were Victorian prospects being compared to some of the game’s stars given their physical attributes.
“Every single year there is some Victorian kid – you know what, I am going to go hard – there’s some Victorian kid who’s like my height, 190 centimetres, 70-something kilos, averages 15 touches in TAC Cup and they go ‘he’s got Bontempelli traits’,” Green said.
“No he doesn’t, he can’t play.
“Not everyone is Marcus Bontempelli. This is just a tall kid who hasn’t grown into his body and can’t play yet. It just infuriates me.
“That kid might be good enough and he may end up being good enough, but there’s kids in those Allies states, Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Tassie, who are putting up better numbers, playing better and don’t get picked up and that does my head in.”
Originally published as GWS Giants star Tom Green slams Victorian bias in the AFL