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VFL Round 2

SATURDAY APRIL 22

Geelong vs Port Melbourne at Simonds Stadium 1pm

Box Hill Hawks vs Coburg at Box Hill 2pm (3WBC)

(Development League match starts at 10:45am)

Sandringham vs Richmond at Trevor Barker Oval,Sandringham 2pm

(Development League Sandringham vs Werribee at 11am)

Northern Blues vs Williamstown at Preston 2:40pm (Channel 7)

(Development League match starts at 11am)

Werribee vs Footscray at Whitten Oval 5pm

Casey Demons vs North Ballarat at Casey Fields 7pm (Casey Radio)

SUNDAY APRIL 23

Essendon vs Collingwood at Windy Hill 1pm (VFL Live)

Development League Byes: Port Melbourne,Casey Demons

VFL Round 1(Week 2)

 FRIDAY APRIL 14

Footscray vs Box Hill Hawks at Whitten Oval 12noon(3WBC)

SATURDAY APRIL 15

Sandringham vs Essendon at Trevor Barker Oval 2pm

(Development League Sandringham vs Box Hill Hawks 11am)

Coburg vs Collingwood at Piranha Park 2:40pm(Channel 7)

Northern Blues vs AFL/AIS Academy at Etihad Stadium 4:10pm (C/R AFL Carl vs GC)

SUNDAY APRIL 16

Richmond vs North Ballarat at Punt Road 12noon

Werribee vs Geelong at Spring Creek Reserve,Torquay 2pm

MONDAY APRIL 17

Williamstown vs Casey Demons at Burbank Oval 2pm(Casey Radio)

(Development League match starts at 11am)

Development League Byes: Coburg,Werribee

From The Sunday Age
Reported by John Pierick
Full article - click here

Carlton midfielder Nick Graham enhanced his hopes of a senior recall with an impressive performance in Saturday's VFL season opener against Port Melbourne.

While the Northern Blues were beaten by 29 points at North Port Oval, Graham finished with 37 disposals. His work at the stoppages was strong and he provided plenty of drive on a wet afternoon when the Borough faithful rallied around their club on a "Call to Arms" day.

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PORT MELBOURNE v. NORTHERN BLUES

08/04/2017 -2:00pmA
North Port Oval, Port Melbourne

Port Melbourne

B: 3. L. Tynan, 31. B. Mihocek, 16. D. Viojo-Rainbow
HB: 1. M. Rivett, 21. L. Cook, 18. M. Wooffindin
C: 29. C.  Cain, 11. M.  Golby, 38. D.  Iaccarino
HF: 32. B. Pearson, 23. H. Sandilands, 9. B. Hogan
F: 7. D. Conway, 6. J. Lisle, 41. R. Hogan
R: 36. L. Waddell, 4. T. O'Sullivan, 35. E. Templeton, 45. J O'Brien

Interchange from: 12. J. Tynan, 37. H. Hooper, 13. T. Gordon, 33. C. Kelso, 20. S. Dwyer, 28. R. Nahas, 10. T.Pinwill, 30. B. Murdoch

Northern Blues

B: 13. C. O'Shea, 26. A. Silvagni, 70. T. Williamson
HB: 72. B. Smedts, 63. H. Macreadie, 7. D. Buckley
C: 62. B.  Boekhorst, 58. C.  Curnow, 49. D.  Armfield
HF: 51. R. Palmer, 48. K. Jaksch, 32. N. Graham
F: 14. L. Jones, 19. H. McKay, 42. J. Pickett
R: 15. A. Phillips, 60. D. Cuningham, 8. L. Russell

23rd Player: 35. M Stavrou

Interchange from: 80. M. Korcheck, 47. C. Sheehan, 4. S. Russell, 34. J. Glass-McCasker, 55. L. Sumner, 6. G. Strachan, 1. T. Wilson, 31. P. Kerr, 56. A. Gallucci, 65. Z. Fisher, 67. C. Polson, 20. D. Stevens

 

 

From The Guardian
Reported by Russell Jackson
 
Footballer Jason Pongracic
 
Hardy Melbourne football fans arriving at Frankston Dolphins VFL games from the bayside end of Frankston Park are confronted by a set of towering, ornamental gates, which sit between two imposing stonework pillars. In their first life, these unusual decorative flourishes stood at the front the Old Melbourne Gaol. Now, owing to the various crises of the football club to whom they belong, they’re the only prison gates in Melbourne not greeting regular arrivals.
 
The 2017 VFL season – which kicks off on Saturday with a clash between Gary Ayres’ Port Melbourne and the Carlton-affiliated Northern Blues – will for the first time since 1966 not feature a side from Frankston. Last year the competition battlers’ licence was revoked by AFL Victoria as debts of a reported $1.5m threatened to sink the club without trace.
 
For years Frankston had been the league’s last true holdouts of the rough and tumble VFA era – a standalone club who refused to cosy up to a big-spending AFL equivalent. Every other team in Victoria’s second-tier league is, or at some point has been, aligned to an AFL side and been bolstered by unselected league players each weekend. If you played for Frankston, you played for Frankston alone. The club’s motto: “Stand strong, stand tall... Proud to stand alone.”
 
There was a time when such stubborn resistance set the club’s players and hardcore fans apart from the rest but last year, upon the 50th anniversary of the Dolphins’ first VFA/VFL appearance, only 200 supporters paid the $50 yearly membership fee. Now, those who did cough up have an eerily silent winter ahead and no team to cheer on. A club founded in 1877 and a mainstay of high level football for the last half-century has in the last six months been brought to the brink of extinction.
 
The full scale of the crisis was confirmed on 30 September last year, when AFL Victoria used AFL grand final week to bury the official statement that the Dolphins would not be given a licence to play in 2017. Two former Frankston stars would play in an AFL premiership a few days later – coached by another ex-Dolphin, Luke Beveridge – but that triumph was bittersweet for Frankston supporters as they confronted the heartbreaking expulsion of their side.

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