Got a feeling there could be a final at Box Hill, especially with he new social club. Much of course where they finish up and who they play.
[quote=vfa]Got a feeling there could be a final at Box Hill, especially with he new social club. Much of course where they finish up and who they play.[/quote]
I think you are on the money VFA.
Do you it has it has anything to do with the fact the people that run the VFL have some affiliation of sorts with the Hawks.
We might be from the bush. but we ain't green
I was talking about the qualifying finals. For the teams that finish top 4. Im well aware of the finals that have been played in recent years at other venues.
Eliminatation finals etc are always played away from North Port Oval.
Do you it has it has anything to do with the fact the people that run the VFL have some affiliation of sorts with the Hawks.[/quote]Surely not!!! They might be driving the VFL into the ground but surely they wouldn't...
We played first final in I think 2003 agains Willy at Box Hill, wore our old strip, which i think looked ok, to celebrate i think our 1000th game or something? Got some newpaper clippings, was about 3,500 that day. Could draw 5,000 or so, especially if Hawthorn progresses into finals, all those Hawthorn ferals will bandwagon jump onto anything.
Played another final against possibly Coburg? Came from miles behind to win in the last quarter. Once again, much better crowd than would have been at North Port, and a great arvo.
Also remember going to Frankston v Coburg elim at Beach Road Oval, 4,000-5,000 there, sunny day, that ground really had a great finals atmosphere, especially with the frankston boys with the drums on the hill. Remember hearing coach Mace saying "we can overrun Richmond in the last term" at 3Q. Great us v's them attitude!
In all honesty, the Finals crowds could be up with Williamstown, Geelong, Collingwood, Preston and possibly Box Hill all with AFL teams in the finals. Often brings out some extra fans. Shame we gotta rely on it, but the more people the better! I love finals at North Port, sun out, beer or 2, bring the kids, I love footy!
[quote=burraburger]I was talking about the qualifying finals. For the teams that finish top 4. Im well aware of the finals that have been played in recent years at other venues.
Eliminatation finals etc are always played away from North Port Oval.[/quote]
There'll be a qualifying final at Ballarat this year. That means that at least one of the elimination finals will be at Port.
If Port beats Willy the other qualifying final will be at Port, meaning that one elimination final needs to be played away - at either Casey Fields or Box Hill depending on who wins on Sunday and finishes 5th (assuming of course that the Bullants beat Frankston).
If Willy beats Port, they want a home final. If that is agreed to by the VFL, it means the 2 TV games are elimination finals played at TEAC. Not the best advert for the game I would have thought.
Caseyscorp, It is on best fit not on poistion. Port Melbourne will play their final at Port regardless of result against Willy this week. It is just a matter of whether a game will be played at Box Hill or Casey Fields.
Box Hill is a fantastic ground for footy, especially to watch. Even without much seating its one of the grounds I enjoy going too. They would get a great crowd too if the Hawks got a game there.
Patrick Rose is a very good VFL player and will be a rookie at the bulldogs next year. He has had a very consistent season and with Matty Little and Dean Galea it should be interesting up forward. Pint sized Joyce has been in very good form for the seagulls. The weather looks ordinary for the weekend so it could be a a very hard fought game in tough conditions. Maybe a throw back to the 70s style footy. Port probably has a slight edge as they will be gunning for win number 21 on the trot at Teac Oval. Williamstown will be determined to knock off Port. The other big game will be between Box Hill v Casey at Box Hill. The winner could end up fourth depending on the Preston v Frankston game which will be no shoe in for the bullants. Got a sneaky feeling Frankston could upset the bullants opening up fourth spot for the winner of the game at Box Hill.
My predictions for the weekend Port by about 2 goals, Casey just, Frankston in an upset, Werribee by about 5 goals, North Ballarat easy and Geelong to beat the filth (hope so).
Seagulls form not great in 2nd half of season - fell in against Coburg, held off Box Hill, then lost 3 of last 4 games.
Side not remarkably different to last years, so finals will be a stretch again.
Should be a compelling round to finish the season off - hopefully a good crowd down at Port.
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