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Sport gives up honest answers

By DEAN LAWSON
Many government agencies or private organisations with the difficult job of describing regional community sentiment – what makes us tick – as part of various reports and investigations often miss the mark.
It takes some of them months of research to produce ambiguous revelations that mean little.
So if they are off the boil, particularly when it comes to the Wimmera-Mallee, where should researchers start looking? It might seem incredibly obvious considering our national obsession, but perhaps mainstream sport for a start.
Public response to a question raised on Radio 3WM’s Saturday Morning Sports Show provided an example of how regional sport might provide at least some answers on community feeling.
The throw-away question was: “Could a combined Wimmera-Mallee-Tatiara region establish its own under-18 representative football team to play in the AFL’s TAC Cup competition?
The question was in response to the regular appearance of Wimmera-Mallee players in a North Ballarat Rebels team which draws on the Central Highlands, southern Mallee and Western District as well as the Wimmera.
The query sparked an unexpected reaction among some people in the Wimmera football community. They responded with everything from ‘interesting idea’ to ‘it should probably happen’.

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Posted on May 31 2012

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