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burraburger
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NAB CUP 2011
With Gold Coast entering the AFL in 2011 there will be an odd number of teams in the AFL for the first time in quite a few years. I think for the NAB Cup the AFL should enter a VFL team so there is an even number of teams. The VFL team that gets to play will be the 2010 VFL Premiers and they would be fixtured to play the AFL team that were wooden spooners in 2010. At this time of the year many AFL teams have players who are not ready to play through injury and also as clubs like to look at younger players. So I think that the VFL team would be very competitive. This would be a massive boost for the VFL and there are so many other benefits of fixturing a game like this.
MinkaBeaver
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[quote="burraburger"]With Gold Coast entering the AFL in 2011 there will be an odd number of teams in the AFL for the first time in quite a few years. I think for the NAB Cup the AFL should enter a VFL team so there is an even number of teams. The VFL team that gets to play will be the 2010 VFL Premiers and they would be fixtured to play the AFL team that were wooden spooners in 2010. At this time of the year many AFL teams have players who are not ready to play through injury and also as clubs like to look at younger players. So I think that the VFL team would be very competitive. This would be a massive boost for the VFL and there are so many other benefits of fixturing a game like this.[/quote] The VFL side would get creamed. Funnily enough because of the difference in pre-season training regimes (ie pros v semi-pros), the disparity is more likely to be there at the start of the season than at the end. What would be interesting though would be if you could find a way to reconstruct the Tasmania Devils for the NAB Cup and have them play at Aurora Stadium. (Fat chance, I know).
footyman
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[quote="MinkaBeaver"] The VFL side would get creamed. Funnily enough because of the difference in pre-season training regimes (ie pros v semi-pros), the disparity is more likely to be there at the start of the season than at the end. [/quote]I think you may be right but I'm not so sure it'd be a creaming. Remember that most AFL sides are at 70% come NAB Cup. Also, many sides play their kids/rookies. You wouldn't back a 23 or 24 year old VFL listed player against a first year AFL rookie? However, I doubt the NAB Cup will still be here in 2011! The AFL season might be 24 games by then.
MinkaBeaver
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[quote="footyman"][quote:a7575c79f8="MinkaBeaver"] The VFL side would get creamed. Funnily enough because of the difference in pre-season training regimes (ie pros v semi-pros), the disparity is more likely to be there at the start of the season than at the end. [/quote]I think you may be right but I'm not so sure it'd be a creaming. Remember that most AFL sides are at 70% come NAB Cup. Also, many sides play their kids/rookies. You wouldn't back a 23 or 24 year old VFL listed player against a first year AFL rookie? However, I doubt the NAB Cup will still be here in 2011! The AFL season might be 24 games by then.[/quote] Yeah I know they're underdone, but I only need to think back to March this year when I saw an AFL pre-season match directly followed by a VFL equivalent to see the gulf in standard at that time of year. To put it further into context, the AFL pre-season game involved Melbourne who were by then already noticeably behind every other AFL club. The VFL senior practice match that followed (Casey Scorpions v Sandringham) saw a massive drop in standard, even with both sides containing some AFL listed players. In my opinion, the drop in standard is more pronounced at that stage of the year than it is once everyone has a firm fitness base and match practice. Often times the VFL 'veterans' don't get into solid training until well past New Year's Day. Sometimes they won't even have decided if they will play in the VFL competition (eg Travis Ronaldson earlier this year). It will be interesting to see what happens if the season goes to 24 rounds. The players will still have to get match fitness from somewhere before the 'real stuff' begins. Maybe we will get to see players appearing more for their VFL aligned sides in pre-season, or maybe we'll also see the VFL premiership season lengthened.
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I like the idea, but it will never get off tha ground for one very good reason. Why would you have a Victorian side, and not a WA &/or SA side. However, if you inreased the list to 20 teams and introduced 3 state league sides, then there would be no issue other than cost.
iceman
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What if the 3 (WA, SA, VIC) entered a 'state' team? Mind you, won't happen
STANGA
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Would have loved to see North Ballarat or Port Melbourne take on Melbourne this year!
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That Melbourne team that finished off the season was pretty threadbare and very ordinary.No confidence either, so it would have made an interesting contest against the Borogh or Roosters.
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Pre-season, AFL sides rest so many players, they are basically a game playing the bottom half of their playing list. Against a good VFL or SANFL side, the scores might be a lot closer than you might think. I think what the AFL sides might have in fitness, the VFL sides might make up for in more developed/bigger bodies. I have no doubt that when the AFL sides were at full strength during the Home and Away season that they would wipe the floor with most VFL/SANFL/WAFL sides.






burraburger
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It would be like David vs Goliath. Imagine if a VFL actually won a contest like this.
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[quote="burraburger"]The VFL team that gets to play will be the 2010 VFL Premiers and they would be fixtured to play the AFL team that were wooden spooners in 2010.[/quote] What would happen if the 2010 VFL premiers were aligned with the 2010 AFL wooden spooners?