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The future of the VFL

I have created  a VFL competition in the future. To put it simply, it is the reserves sides for each of the 10 Victorian AFL teams and four teams to represent the four country Under 18s teams. This will create a league for the reserves of the AFL to play in, enable the country to be represented, and that the history of the VFL will be kept.

The fourteen teams of the VFL will be:

  • Albury/Wodonga Twins - Murray Bushrangers Under 18s
  • Ballarat Rebels - Greater Western Victoria Rebels Under 18s
  • Bendigo Pioneers - Bendigo Pioneers Under 18s
  • Box Hill Mustangs- Hawthorn Reserves
  • Brunswick Magpies - Collingwood Reserves
  • Casey Scorpions - Melbourne Reserves
  • Coburg Lions - Essendon Reserves
  • Frankston Dolphins - St.Kilda Reserves
  • Morwell Power - Gippsland Power Under 18s
  • Port Melbourne Borough- North Melbourne Reserves
  • Preston Bullants- Carlton Reserves
  • Sandringham Zebras - Richmond Reserves
  • Werribee Wildcats - Geelong Reserves
  • Williamstown Seagulls - Western Bulldogs Reserves

I was trying to create a 12 team competition however, with 10 Victorian AFL teams with Reserves and 4 country Under 18s teams, 14 teams fit better. Currently their are 9 VFL teams that are aligned with AFL teams or are stand alone. Aligning the teams that are not aligned yet. This would leave one team unaligned. The name of a former VFA team in Brunswick could return as the team to have Collingwood Reserves.

The new competition will represent all of Victoria, with four Under 18s teams also represented by VFL teams, Albury/Wodonga, Ballarat, Bendigo and Morwell. The past of the VFA will also be present with teams such as Box Hill, Brunswick, Casey, Coburg, Frankston, Preston, Sandringham and Werribee still present and most importantly the teams that have been present since the 1800's in Port Melbourne and Williamstown.

The image of the old VFL teams will be retained to keep the history of the VFA alive. A charter will be created that will see the identity of each of the former VFA clubs is retained, and the image of the clubs won't be changed just to make the bond between the two teams bigger and better. Casey will still be Casey because the club had relocated before joining with Melbourne. However, the club would be referred to as the Springvale Football Club playing as the Casey Scorpions.

The image of the AFL alignment can be shown in the chase strip but it is important to keep the history of the VFA alive, and also to keep the local connection between the town and team alive without the AFL teams interferring. People support their local VFL side because it is their local side, why destroy this bond between supporters and club just because an AFL team puts their reserve players into that team.

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You forgot the mighty Northcote dragons !!! The brickfielders.

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Fourteen is enough teams. There are nine aligned or stand alone teams. A Brunswick side would make sense with the history of the club, the shared mascot of Brunswick and Collingwood. Also the President of Collingwood coming from the town that was going to be the new home of Brunswick, Broadmeadows.

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Sadly I think we are heading to an AFL reserves comp with maybe Port,Coburg,Werribee and Willy making up the numbers.

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That is the reason why I make these posts. I don't want to see the history of the VFA to disappear due to the VFL becoming the Victorian AFL Reserves. We will have to live with this competition being mostly a reserves competition because of the money provided by the Victorian AFL teams. What should achieved is a competition that keeps the history of the VFA alive. By providing the Victorian AFL teams with a reserves competition through them providing players for the metropolitian VFL teams. But instead of it being a competition to develop future AFL players, it can be the continuing battle ground for the VFA teams.

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Sorry Wiz but I don't see how your proposal keeps the history of the VFA clubs. Port Melbourne to become the Kookaburras and the Norf ressies? You have to be joking. All the teams in the VFL today all have their beginings in the VFA. Why not just call the comp the VFA again.

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Reincarnate Northcote Dragons, Cambnerwell Cobras, Yarraville Eagles, Sunshine Crows, Mordialloc Bloodhounds, Prahran Two Blues, Dandenong Redlegs, Caulfield Bears, Moorabbin Kangaroos, Kilsyth Cougers, Waverley Panthers, Geelong West Roosters, Oakleigh Devils. Bring them all back as well as the VFA name and we can turn the clock back a few decades ago, Dandy Dollar Dash, Lightning Premiership, Sixteen a side, a bit of biffo, Junction Oval, Toorakl Park, gun full forwards kicking bags of goals, playing in set positions, bring back the red rattlers, BYO cans, only Sunday footy in town. Bring back legendary callers in Phil Gibbs, Ted Henrys, Craig Kelly, Peter Sharp, Clem Dimsey. Bring back Sunday Press and the Sunday Observor. Life was simple back then. Those were the days !!!   

You only have to look at the site VFA Facebook Halcyon Days to see how popular it was back in the day. 

Great to see that in the past 6 years premierships for standalone old VFA clubs in Port 2012, Williamstown 2015 and Port again this year.

We can never turn back the clock unfortunately but always great to reflect and look back on in yesteryear.

Not really sure where this comp will be in 2020 and beyond ? Who knows where the AFL will be in 20 years time ?

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Well, how the VFL is going at the moment it will be only Victorian AFL Reserves or teams aligned with Victorian AFL teams soon enough. Port Melbourne won the premiership this year, but weren't they the club asking for money on the Footy Show earlier this year which Sam Newman got a long put shot in to get them the money. The money that a Victorian AFL side puts into their Reserves team compared to the money that a VFL team can make is getting bigger.

You can the competition the VFA again, but what I want to see is a competition in which teams such as Port Melbourne and Williamstown are not just museum pieces and are only kept for historial risens. We have to have these clubs running as profitable teams. We have to make it better for Victorian AFL teams to put their reserves players into a current VFL team instead of a VFL team which is branded the same as their AFL team. Being a reserves competition will mean that players will be playing to get into the AFL team and not for the VFL team to win.

Restarting a club like Brunswick as the VFL team for Collingwood would bring some of the history back of the VFA. Also, having the Northern Blues play as Preston, and play games at Cramer Street Oval and wear the red jumpers with PFC on them.

I changed Port Melbourne to the Kookaburras because as I have done a bit on the history of VFA teams jumpers, there has been a problem with what Port Melbourne's nickname is. Is it the Borough or the Boroughs. The script font is on the clsh strip jumper. I simply made them the Burras or Kookaburras. Having the North Melbourne reserves players play for Port Melbourne was decided on how close the teams are to each other, do they have any association with each other or do they match with their uniforms. North and Port are close to each other and they do have matching uniforms, with red replacing white on the jumpers.

With Coburg and Essendon, they do have matching uniforms and Coburg is the closet VFL team to Essendon. I changed St.Kilda alignment to Frankston after they were readmitted because of their matching uniforms and because St.Kilda has a large association with the Frankston area. St.Kilda was going to put their Seaford training venue at Frankston Oval up until they decided to build it.

Country football will also be provided for under this, with each of the four country Under 18s teams starting VFL teams with players for the local leagues. These teams will be built on the established foundations of the Under 18s teams and provide a pathway for talent from the Under18s teams that doesn't get picked up in the draft.

What would you rather have, the 14 team VFL as I describe it or what we have now that will turn into a competition of Victorian AFL reserves teams.

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What I want is what can keep the best of the VFA alive in todays football environment. You can hope to bring back Northcote, Camberwell, Yarraville and the others. But most of those clubs are not around anymore. Some are still around, but most are not.

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Green and gold the mighty northcote dragons !!

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Port Melbourne should NEVER change their nicknmae of the Boroughs as it is ingrained into the fabic of the club.

 Port Melbourne was a Borough before becoming a City in 1884

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