September 2004


  1. TAC Cup Under 18 Finals

    A big weekend ahead for the Under 18 TAC Cup competition with the start of their finals series. All games are to be played at Optus Oval with the Dandenong Stingrays playing the Western Jets and the Oakleigh Chargers playing Gippsland Power on Saturday.

    On Sunday the Calder Cannons play the Eastern Ranges and the Geelong Falcons play the Sandringham Dragons.

    This year's final series is as open as it has been for many years with every team a real chance of going all the way. The Calder Cannons dominated the first half of the year but have dropped back to the field in the latter part. All the metropolitan teams will be boosted by the addition of all their private school players and in almost all cases will be at full strength for the first time for the year.

  2. The direction of the VFL

    Former Cat Tim McGrath wrote an article in the Geelong Addy a couple of weeks ago titled "VFL comp loses way". He argues that "experience in VFL sides is being compromised for youth" and that "one of the best ways to develop young players is giving them someone to look up to and help them through the transition from VFL to AFL". Given McGrath effectively played that type of role at Geelong in 2002 when they won the premiership, it's no surprise he presents the view he does.