The Wrap Blast: Tickets Please

The combined uncapped salaries of the Appalling Football League executive would come in closer to eight figures than seven.  Yet not one of those finely honed  super-brains in that well cushioned administration could imagine what would happen to the powerboard at the ticketing websites when power teams like Richmond (100K) Hawthorn (80K) WCE (80K) C’wood (75K) Sydney (60K) & Geelong (55K) were in the queue waiting for the doors to open at nine.   Not one of that overvalued Wall of Flogs at Jellymont House could anticipate the carnage the overload would cause to the Mother Boards.  Not one of them had their mind on the job to think the situation through to its obvious conclusion.  Not one of them suggested staggering the ticket sales in the same way they staggered the actual events.  Fair dinkum, not one of them could run a cold bath — neither the AFL nor the agencies.

But Life again imitates Football, eh Wrappers?  You see, neither did any of those self-centred grubs in the Liberals’ party room foresee the anger of the electorate at their irresponsible behaviour when they assassinated another leader.  And remember, we – The Long Suffering Aussie Taxpayer – will be underwriting all their pensions and travel allowance till the end of time.

You wouldn’t have any of them in a hamburger, now would you?

Is there a better way?  One way would be for each Club to handle the sale of their own ticket allocation through their respective websites.  If this is prevented by a contractual arrangement between the AFL and the ticketing agencies, then you’d be entitled to ask who signed off on such a dud deal?   You whistle and I’ll point.

We’re being taken for mugs Wrappers.  Taken for mugs.  I can’t wait to get back to the Bluebush Country.

About John Mosig

I'm an Aussie Rules tragic who can remember, as a four year old, shaking the hand of Captain Blood in the rooms just before he ran out onto the ground after half time, as my Old Man slipped him a packet of under-the-counter Craven A cork tipped. Now it's my turn to take my grandson Ben through the ritual of character building that is the journey through PUNT ROAD to the outside world.


  1. No problems with Ticketmaster over here in Perth. Queued for a half hour on-line but got 4 good seats 10 minutes after selling opened at 9am. Should play the Grand Final over here to avoid inconvenience.
    Did you see that the Undertaker helped Gillon out with his au pair problems? Mates rates.
    A couple of hundred leggy French lasses manning the phones at Ticketek would sort the problems out in a flash. Blacks and Muslims need not apply.

  2. george smith says

    Up here in Sydney you have 3 options.
    1.Go on the website and get the infamous tikkytakky runaround.

    2. Drive out to Penrith and go to Panthers Leagues Club and purchase ticket. A very nice person on the phone told me they are open ’til all hours, and unlike the tikkytakky are actually willing to take my money for services purchased. Not much else out at Penrith to justify a road trip though…

    3. Catch a very nice train into Sydney City. Then it is up to you to find the tikkytakky office, they don’t exactly advertise their whereabouts. Once in the tikkytakky office a very nice man will take your money – cards only, and even sell you the cheap seats, unlike the website.

    Fortunately the Giants love me because I bought a ticket to the Collingwood game last year and they keep sending me emails, including one about the tikkytakky being stuffed, so they will advise me when to get tickets.

  3. It’s time to take back our Country George.

  4. Bloody nightmare. Hadn’t see your piece, before posting one myself.

  5. Dave Brown says

    It’s appalling, particularly given they’ve gave themselves an extra week, which would give them plenty of time to stagger sales. IT system designed by the census people, perhaps. In my day job, much of my energy is devoted to convincing bosses that the scale of dealing individually with any number of humans greater than 1000 is much more complex than they anticipate. One day I’ll succeed.

  6. Andrew Starkie says

    Thursday/school night final?
    Nothing on Sunday.
    Bums on couches more important than bums on seats.

    No care taken for families with small kids or country fans as usual.

  7. Bob Morrow says

    You’re right Andrew it reminds me of Ecclestone running the US Grand Prix in the car park of a casino in Los Vegas. No one could see them as they ran between concrete barriers but who cares TV is the big money maker – stuff the fans .Naturally the wrapster is also right.

  8. Dave Nadel says

    I was disappointed when the Eagles beat the Lions meaning that the Qualifying Final between the Eagles and the Pies would be held in Perth. I was disappointed not only because it gives the Eagles an advantage (which, to be fair, they earned by finishing second) but also because it meant that I wouldn’t be able to see the game live. I’m a little less disappointed now, I don’t have to deal with a ticketing agency to get a seat in my lounge room. Hopefully the agencies and the AFL may have learned how to sell tickets before Collingwood plays its next match, which win or lose in Perth, will be at the MCG

  9. Dennis Gedling says

    No issues purchasing tickets. Was simple with plenty left. Not sure what you’re all on about.

    South Fremantle V West Perth at Freo Oval this Saturday is going to be epic.

  10. We missed out on MCC reserved seats – waited 35 minutes in queue and had to give up due to commitments. As it turns out, all reserved seats sold out in 27 minutes.

    I think a lot of competing club members were still trying to access, not knowing that sales to them had been suspended.

    Going to be tough trying to get a walk up seat for 3 of our family who will be travelling from interstate

  11. At least the competing clubs kept their members in the picture with text messages on where things were at. Nothing from the MCC. By the time I got through to order MCC reserved seat tickets they’d all gone.

    This morning (Wednesday) I received a message from the MCC, timed 5.13 am, headed ‘AFL Week 1 Finals arrangements- tickets on sale tomorrow (Tuesday)’.

    You just shake your head.

    Cheers, Burkie

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