This is why Scots are doing their best to keep AFL out. They know that if AFL was an option, there would be a stampede across. Australian Rules is very popular in the east with the KickStart Aussie Rules program juggernaut already entrenched in many local schools. Plenty of eastern suburbs mothers tolerate rugby but want AFL with many kids already playing for the East Sydney Junior AFL Club located in Paddington. The club is cashed up and well supported. Junior rugby clubs are struggling to get numbers as the bodies move to the fumble ball game. At Joeys, they offer football (limit on numbers) and AFL (again, only 2 teams. If you are not good enough, bad luck) It is the "tradition" of rugby dominance and the expectation that you play rugby when you attend Joeys that keeps the numbers strong. Boarding does help with training, club games for Hunters Hill on Sundays and general camaraderie.