Originally posted by tigerTUFF
re more to come: Im looking forward to ure piece on the richmond tigers
Why don't you enlighten me...I'm here just to talk about the demons
Here is the lastest on Robbie:
Demon legend a poll rookie
By Mike Sheahan
Saturday, October 27, 2001
IN KEEPING with the vast majority of retired players, Robbie Flower is a greenhorn when it comes to politics, but a greenhorn learning on the job.
Melbourne's longest-serving player and aspiring board member received his latest lesson yesterday, and it was a brazen example of opportunism.
On his way to the MCG for the the announcement of the ''team Vision'' ticket that will contest the Melbourne election in December, he found himself entering the car park behind a woman driving a vehicle bearing the bumper sticker, ''Give Joe a Go''.
He was intrigued. She and he seemed to be headed for the same destination. Surely not?
The ''Joe'' in her bumper sticker is Joseph Gutnick, his enemy in election terms. She'd hardly be attempting to infiltrate the team Vision announcement, would she?
Yes, and she did, making it all the way to the media conference in the Barassi Room in the Great Southern Stand for the announcement.
Flower confronted her, discreetly and politely -- as you would expect from him -- when he spotted her in the section designated for the media.
She came clean, 'fessing up to being a member of the opposition.
Horror of horrors, a spy in the camp. She eventually left quietly. He didn't get her name.
If Flower thought football was a game of one-percenters, he now knows that it's even tighter in the trenches of an election campaign.
When he was asked to speak at the announcement of ''team Vision,'' he said: ''This is worse than playing football, I must admit''.
Flower, of course, is a key figure in this election. Perhaps the key figure.
Gutnick courted him heavily before incumbent president Gabriel Szondy and his team finally won the support of the club legend.
He wants nothing more than unity and stability at the board table, he said, and believes that end is more likely with Gutnick out of the picture.
The team Vision ticket headed by Szondy and Flower has been tailored for a confrontation for Gutnick and his team at the election, which will be held in December.
It contains five current members -- Szondy, Beverley O'Connor, Stephen Bickford, Gary Hardeman and Peter Hayes -- and five newcomers, in Flower and supporters who bring various areas of expertise: Peter Dohrmann, Paul Gardner, Robert Jamieson and Craig Perrett.
They represent medicine, advertising and public relations, the law, and marketing and communications.
The ticket contains 10 names, with two Melbourne Cricket Club nominees to come.
Szondy said he hoped members would not ''cherry pick'' in the election and that voters would endorse the entire team Vision group.
He said it was impossible to fast-track the election process, but added the club's financial situation was not as grim as it has been painted.
There was, though, sufficient cause for concern in relations with the AFL to initiate moves to ''mend some fences''.