Bite the bullet Box Hill, Northern, Sandringham and Casey.
The time to return to stand alone is right now. Otherwise, you will rapidly die out.
Its the only way we can feasibly run a stand alone VFL competition separately to the AFL reserves teams.
Interesting to see the reactions of the above aligned teams.
Out of the aligned clubs the only one that I can see with a chance of standing on their own two feet are Sandringham. Unfortuately Sandy seem content with being the St Kilda seconds.
As much as I would like to see it I don't think a "new" VFA is feasible. So where to for Port Melbourne, Williamstown, Coburg, Werribee and Frankston?
I fear natural attrition and potential extinction if they choose to be teams 11-15 in the current AFL reserves competition.
Will take 5 years with Port and Willy the last to fall back to local leagues.
I'm devastates by the news. It had been rumoured for so long but now that it seems to be confirmed, I really can't see how the VFA can survive.
I agree that most of the aligned clubs who are now reliant on AFL clubs will fold or merge...in reality just be absorbed and wiped out. I'd love to see those aligned clubs fight like hell and stand alone as proud clubs with a rich history. But I fear that most of them would have more people with AFL club interests that care nothing for these clubs. I urge any club board members that visit this sight (and I know of at least a couple do), stand up for your club.
As a Port Melbourne supporter now that Camberwell are gone, I know that dropping back into a suburban competition may well be the death of clubs anyway.
I'd suggest that Port Melbourne's 'threat' if joining the SANFL now should actually be seriously considered. The costs may prove prohibitive, but I believe should be considered. Of course the alternative is for the VFA to expel the AFL clubs and let them form their own competition.
I can't see any club being healthy without a reserves side. I'd push for the opposite and endeavour to build a better junior pathway up.
Good to hear a bit more fight from O'Sullivan though..
I'd like to see clubs running out for the main games this weekend to run out onto the ground as a full senior and DL list... As a show of support.
The afl is pure greed and does not give one hoot about old vfa clubs, local clubs or country leagues. They fixed up the tassie devils as well. Look at how many taswegians were drafted. Zero. Main interest is to fill their own pockets, gws and women's footy. That's it. Jamed hird to present medals. I won't comment on that but you can make up your own mind on that. Interesting to hear your thoughts. Next year probably see the bounce of the sherrin canned. What will happen next maybe last to touch the footy when ball us out of bounce penalty against therefore no more boundary umpires. Seriously what hope have the 4 aligned clubs got next year and what reason of their existence is there ? Will see how sandy, box hill, casey and northern blues will react. I know in the sanfl the local clubs do not want the crows in comp. They want them out and the crows have put in feelers in join vfl. If it was viable the old vfa clubs, sanfl, wafl and tfl clubs could have one big state wide comp. Wishful thinking but logistics say that it won't happen as not viable. Yes very sad day for the old vfa clubs, local footy and football in victoria. One final note would the likes of nic Newman have had a chance to play for the swans if not for the vfl development? There are numerous others.
If you can't join them, then beat them.
People with old VFA sentiments (the numbers of which are dwindling) must harness their anger and commit to help out their aligned/stand alone entities to create a viable break away in the coming seasons.
I understand that planning at Coburg FC for the demise of the DL started as far back as 2015. We hold ourselves out as a clear pathway for Calder Cannons talent to play VFL senior footy upon graduation and, frankly, if they don't they'll be getting paid 4 times what we would pay them anyhow to schlep around in NFL/EDFL top grade teams.
The cost of running our DL team was prohibitive and I understand we are a better chance of survival as a single team club in the next few years. After that, we should band together with the other stand alone clubs and form a break away.
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