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Grand Final venues used since the infamous 1967 Dandy v Port clash at Punt Road Oval.

Toorak Park
Had fantastic atmsphere during the 2nd Division Finals. Biggest crowd was the 1972 GF between Geelong West v Caulfield. Was the venue for Caulfield, Mordialloc, Sunshine and Frankston winning their only VFA flags. There have been some great Grand Finals at Toorak Park and the venue was liked by everyone who has been there. Last used for a VFA Grand Final in 1984.
Junction Oval
Real finals venue that was also used by the VFL in 1944 to see Fitzroy beat Richmond. Many classic VFA Grand Finakls have been at the Junction Oval ranging from Port's 6 flags to Coburgs' breakthrough flag in 1979 (first since 1928) to the thrilling 1985 GF between Sandy v Williamstown. Last used for the 1987 Springvale v Port Melbourne GF.
Windy Hill
Used for Coburg's back to back flags in 1988 and 89. Was a good for those two years but the ground is not a shadow these days as it has shrunk and the old scoreboard is gone.
Victoria Park
Was the venue for the 1994 and 1995 VFA Grand Finals. The 1994 Sandringham v Box Hill was an epic clash but the 1995 GF had no atmosphere.
Punt Road
The 1967 was a classic hard tough affair. The ground was very good in its day, especially being so close to Richmond Station. Might be one to consider once it has been revamped.
Waverley Park
The 2000 VFL Grand Final had a poor crowd which was half the size for the EFL Grand Final between Vermont v East Burwood the night before. The also served light beer only which was disgusting. The pub is too far away and the lack of transport made it a poor day.
Princes Park Carlton
Been some great clashes with the 1990 Willaimstown v Springvale one to remember. The 1993 Werribee v Port is also one to remember but for other reasons.
Teac Oval
Was used in Waverley's only VFA flag in 1965. In recent years it was used in 1997, 1998 and 1999. The pick was the 1997 where the crowd was electric.
Telstra (TURD) Dome now known as Ethihad Stadium
Poor crowd and on trial again this year. Hopefully a far better turnout and more promotion by the VFL.

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[quote=billythekid]I wont be there unless Sandy are playing.As some have mentioned the games this year have been more sterile than past years and if some big name AFL isnt playing then the crowd is generally very poor.I cant see why the VFL /Afl Victoria dont play the GF at Punt road it has all the atributes needed - good PT. plenty of parking and 10,000 would fill the ground nicely.The Dome is way too big for the VFL GF and even AFL games with 20,000 look terrible.In all the tens of VFA Grand Finals played from the 1950s at the Junction Oval that I attended even in the golden era the game was never a lockout and the biggest crowds were around 30,000 most were in the mid 20,000s.The Junction Oval before the seating was put around the outer was able to hold at a squeeze 40,000+
The groundsman told me in 1966 when Sandy played one season of home games there that the biggset crowd ever at the Junction was for an athletics meeting with many world champions in the 1930s that had an estimated 70,000 crammed in but thats a bit hard to believe.

I also think a tipping point has now been reached with both the media and sporting public treating the VFL as the defacto AFL reserves comp.(give a dog a bad name etc)

The biggest mistake was made in 2000 when the AFL clubs opted for alingements instead of spreading the surplus AFL players amongst all the VFA/VFL clubs like is done in SA and WA. This would have allowed the VFA/VFL clubs some sembelence of control over the direction their clubs unlike now when more and more of the AFL clubs are dictating the terms.[/quote]

Billy, That would have definitely been the way to go but most of the VFL clubs were in no position to bargain or argue. You know as well as I do that without the AFL clubs support most of the VFL teams would have been finished.
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I also think a tipping point has now been reached with both the media and sporting public treating the VFL as the defacto AFL reserves comp.(give a dog a bad name etc)

The biggest mistake was made in 2000 when the AFL clubs opted for alingements instead of spreading the surplus AFL players amongst all the VFA/VFL clubs like is done in SA and WA. This would have allowed the VFA/VFL clubs some sembelence of control over the direction their clubs unlike now when more and more of the AFL clubs are dictating the terms.[/quote]

Billy, That would have definitely been the way to go but most of the VFL clubs were in no position to bargain or argue. You know as well as I do that without the AFL clubs support most of the VFL teams would have been finished.
"A drowning man will reach for a rattlesnake".[/quote]

I have to agree but look at the mess and directionless the supposed State league is in atm. On a side note it makes me sick that the way the alingements like the one with St Kilda are destroying the comp bit by bit example StKilda decides to "rest" five of its top players this week leaving Sandy with a very difficult job against Geelong reserves.

Why would anyone invest their time and passion in following a team like that knowing that consistancy and form is controlled by the whim of another club?

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[quote=billythekid]I have to agree but look at the mess and directionless the supposed State league is in atm. On a side note it makes me sick that the way the alingements like the one with St Kilda are destroying the comp bit by bit example StKilda decides to "rest" five of its top players this week leaving Sandy with a very difficult job against Geelong reserves.[/quote]

It's a farce, without saying that tanking is an issue :O how could Melbourne only have 4 available players for Casey last week?? Tell me there would only be 4 fit in reserve if they were vying for a spot? Early surgery, 'resting' players, How are Casey supposed to build momentum into the finals?

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[quote=iceman][quote=billythekid]I have to agree but look at the mess and directionless the supposed State league is in atm. On a side note it makes me sick that the way the alingements like the one with St Kilda are destroying the comp bit by bit example StKilda decides to "rest" five of its top players this week leaving Sandy with a very difficult job against Geelong reserves.[/quote]

It's a farce, without saying that tanking is an issue :O how could Melbourne only have 4 available players for Casey last week?? Tell me there would only be 4 fit in reserve if they were vying for a spot? Early surgery, 'resting' players, How are Casey supposed to build momentum into the finals?[/quote]

Unfortunately Iceman thats what you can get with full alignments.

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I do understand that digs, but that's probably less then what Nth Ballarat will run out with this week... My point was just saying how much of a farce it can be when for e.g. a club swings 14 changes to the line-up in one week (like us going into Coburg) How do we build a support base when supporters can't keep up with ins and outs. Not just us, a lot of clubs!

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I'll be there, but will probably be doing something for the league writing a match report or something like that again so will wear a suit to the footy which is something I don't do regularly.

You going to be master of ceremonies again Pete?

Tried to organise something last year, but was a bit hard due to everyone being all over the place but how does a few beers and a meal before the game sound?

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If the Roosters are there I will be there.

VFL Round 18 Record has contradictory stuff: is TAC Cup curtain raiser to VFL, or is U16 between TAC & VFL? (Page 30.)

VFL publicise anything? You must believe in miracles!

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I'd even look to have the VFL Reserves GF on the same night as well. I understand that the TAC kids will be at school on that day who will be playing and would need the day off. However if they did incorporate the VFL Reserves as well, this league would be like most other suburban, country and the older AFL Comp of having the Under 19's, Reserves and Seniors all one after the other.
That would bring more people along to watch the main game later in the evening too.

Everyone is on the money here as well with respect to playing at a smaller venue, clubs promoting the grand final, AFL supporters following players and not VFL clubs etc.

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Wouldn't School Holidays been on at that time?

If so, there should be no problems with holding a TAC Cup Game at 1.30pm???

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