Im with digs North Port has seen better days and in 2017 to have only a few hundred undercover seating and not close to public transport is not on if you want to claim to be the best in the comp
The Western Oval, Punt Road and Windy Hill kill North Porh on all accounts.Ideally the finals should be played at one of these ex VFL grounds my preference is Punt Road
The surface is not up to scratch at Nth Port Oval. Having a cricket pitch makes it look like a suburban league ground. Wasnt it last year they couldn't use it?
Re Digs comment, I thought the surface was pretty good on Saturday, I know you might just be trying to get a rise out of me, but was there a specific area that was no good?
Ground was dry, grass was even and the length ok. The umpires bouncing also showed up well in the centre.
Ah good old Port bashing. When will they ever stop ??? Public transport is less than 5 minutes walk away .. How close do you want it ? Do you want a bus that drops you off right inside the ground ? As for the stand - you can easily get several hundred in there. Surface is no Wembley stadium but it is in good condition.
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Still nowhere as good as any of the three ex VFL grounds I sighted.
North Port feels like you are back in the 1950s and not much has been done to improve the facilities since then
A nice little suburban ground that apart from pulling down the old wooden stand and building a social club that looks way out of character with the rest of the place.
The centre mud heap is also a big problem and Im surprised that AFL Victoria lets their precious AFL players play in those conditions.
I reckon the nimbys that now infest Port Melbourne and have litte or no interest in footy ( too busy sipping lattes in Bay Street) will eventually have their way and North Port will go the way of some of the old inner VFL/AFL grounds and become an open community facility
They will most likely punt Port down the road to where Port Colts play.
I think we're getting a little off-topic Billy, however...
Do you think having an open ground has impacted Whitten Oval? The gates are left open throughout the week, and only locked up on match days.
I'm not sure how you could call Port a mud heap when we saw some of the best high bouncing of the ball by umpires on Saturday.
You can't have 1,450 people watching a game at Murphys reserve, (which is the Port average). That will never happen in either of our lifetimes.
Nice to get a little support from others other than Port supporters. The ground is not up to VFL standards & that fact has been mentiones many many times before & that is not fishing.
Can anybody tell me what Port has got going for it that Punt road or Princes Park hasn't ??
I'm staggered that the ground gets ticked off by the AFL Players Association with all those Cricket wickets !!
It's only a matter of time before somebody gets hurt & they will have to ban ALL VFL games there.
Occupation health & safety is what they call it. Duty of care !!
We might be from the bush. but we ain't green
It might have alright this week but come the mid winter rains and cold weather when the gras dosent grow very much and it will be its usual bog hole in July August
If Port are getting on average 1450 people Ill bare my arse in Bourke Street Most games Ive been to or seen on TV would be lucky to have 500 - 600.
Digs every AFL ground had Cricket wickets until the late 90s. Sydney and Brisbane still do so should they cancel games indefinatly?
Coburg, Werribee, Williamstown, Northern Blues, Essendon and Box Hill will all need to build new grounds.
Did you really go to China so you didn't have to watch the Chooks this year?
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