Another from the ABC broadcast of the VFA in 1994.
Play to win
Premiers 2013 2014 2015
Going for Four in a row in 2016
.....and none of the 4 VFA teams who missed out on joining the VSFL were ever resurrected despite Tony Hannebery's optimistic view.
NB: "clubs funds drying up", "dying on the vine", "an offer too good to refuse"
What this all demonstrates is that the VFA was completely knackered - as the VFL/AFL had swamped the market.
Fast forward 23 years - are you now seriously arguing for regression back to a model which proved to be an utter failure?
This is how Oakleigh and Dandenong should be in the Under 18s. We had a preview of it earlier this year when they played each other in heritage gear. Oakleigh came out wearing purple and gold and Dandenong wore navy blue and red.
Below is some designs I have put together to make the Oakleigh and Dandenong Under 18s sides more like the clubs that used to play under that name, but still keep a connection to their present look. So here is the Dandenong Stingrays in the colours of the Redlegs blue and red and Oakleigh in the Oaks colours of purple and gold.
Port Melbourne once had an alignment with North Melbourne.
Disastrous! Never again!
I like your post #6 Comeng.
The competition should be called the VFA. Pretty much every club in the comp has come from the VFA. It's only right,
Realistically, the current VFL competition will be reduced to 10 to 12 teams in the next 5 years.
They will all be AFL Reserves teams and perhaps Port Melbourne and Williamstown if financially viable.
What remains of Frankston, Coburg, Werribee, maybe Sandringham, maybe Casey, maybe Box Hill, maybe Northern/Preston will most likely drift off into local leagues as per Dandenong, Prahran, Brunswick, Oakleigh, Geelong West, Mordialloc, Sunshine, Yarraville, etc in the late 80s/early 90s.
I would be astounded if we could build a new competition from scratch as it’s clear to me AFL Victoria is simply waiting for all of us to die on the vine and to sweep the old VFA entities into the rubbish bin.
I think you are pretty much on the mark I wouldnt care if Sandy played in a lower league At least the club would be a real club keeping its identy intact..
Unfortunately, pretty much everything Ron says makes perfect sense. All the same, there is a lot of support out there for local footy, both in the suburbs and the bush. For mine, I'd love to see a breakaway (yeah, wishful thinking I know) by the traditional VFA clubs, and then possibly invite established clubs to apply for licenses. Vermont, Deer Park, Macleod, Noble Park, spring to mind. I think the competition as it is has lost a lot of support because of the inequity of resources that the AFL clubs have at their disposal compared to the standalones. I know there are a lot of people lamenting the demise of the competition and longing for the days where you could watch great quality footy at a suburban ground. Maybe the fat lady hasn't sung just yet.
I've always thought the best bet for the old VFA clubs still in the VFL, was on mass move over to the VAFA.
The comp has history and is the next best standard of footy.
In the next couple of years the old VFA clubs will be shoved out one-by-one til there is no more.
Just look at how they gutted the VWFL/VFLW - that was brutal.
I can’t see that happening TBH.
For Sandy, Port and Willy - a VAFA move makes sense as they’re pretty central and/or situated within a weak league (WRFL and SFL).
For Frankston, Werribee, Casey - they’re really “satellite” clubs and are beyond the outer reaches of VAFA territory.
Coburg to the EDFL, Northern to the NFL, and Box Hill to the EFL make complete sense as they’re located within the three strongest suburban leagues and plenty of their current VFL players are attached to clubs in these leagues already.
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