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Mustang
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Finals Crowds - Week 1

Don't know how the crowds were at North Ballarat and Williamstown, however, the 2 games at Port melbourne atracted the worst attendances I have seen at finals games in years. Maybe ever.

With Collingwood and Geelong playing - and their AFL teams well and truly alive - you would have thought their fans would have come down to the VFL in force.

At today's game I reckon there would have been lucky to be 1,000 and the Box Hill fans would have outnumbered the Cats fans 3 : 1.

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BrekkyDJ
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I think about 1,500 ground today Mustang.

Maybe 4 to 1 in favour of the Hawks when it came to the crowd.

I was glad to finally see some flags and streamers behind the goals to some colour.

Comes back to marketing... to be honest, how many people outside the regulars you know, have been talking about the VFL finals???

Pete.

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Zero interest in it...no promotion, no media, at a venue that is of no interest to many. And clashing with local footy finals - today we had games all over Melbourne. Balwyn v Blackburn in the EFL would have got more than the Box Hill v Geelong game.

Time for Week 1 finals to go back to the Burbs. Box Hill v Geelong at Box Hill would have attracted a good crowd.

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The crowds so far have been an absolute disgrace for the so called premier State league.I also cant remember when they were so poor even in bad wether conditions.Looking at todays game it seems that even the old loyal Box Hill VFA supporters are not turning up anymore.

The general sporting/footy public and media have certainly written off the "VFL" as a nothing comp with very little of interest apart from how the AFL players are going and this is now reflected in the lack of support from AFL fans as well.

Its no wonder the comp is dying on its feet when you have AFL suckholes like Schawb working for ABC radio at the MCG today.

It will also be very interesting to see how long the ABC is prepared to spend thousands of taxpayers money televising something so unloved by the masses.

footyman
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[quote=billythekid]
Its no wonder the comp is dying on its feet when you have AFL suckholes like Schawb working for ABC radio at the MCG today.[/quote] If that's the case, then it's a disgrace. He should have been down at Port Melbourne, or across at Williamstown. If he shows no love to the VFL competition, why should we????? Wonder where his mate John Hook was?

I did notice the junket Schwab and Hook went on last weekend though, sounded like a fantastic trip to the Gold Coast.

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[quote=footyman]Zero interest in it...no promotion, no media, at a venue that is of no interest to many. And clashing with local footy finals - today we had games all over Melbourne. Balwyn v Blackburn in the EFL would have got more than the Box Hill v Geelong game.

Time for Week 1 finals to go back to the Burbs. Box Hill v Geelong at Box Hill would have attracted a good crowd.[/quote]

I certainly agree with the view that TEAC Oval is not a popular venue with VFL fans and, after 20 or so years of using Port Melbourne as the primary finals venue, it is time for a change.

I think during the first 3 weeks of the finals that the VFL should allocate "home" games to the team that finishes higher on the ladder, same as the AFL does. Can't be fairer than that. With the grand final at a central venue.

What has the VFL got to lose? The crowds can hardly get any worse.

The only argument in continuing to use Port Melbourne would be to keep the lazy so-and-sos at the ABC happy, who seem to like setting up their gear at the one venue and leaving it there for 3 weeks. When you think about it, they actually broadcast from TEAC Oval in rounds 19 and 20 this year which makes it 5 weeks in a row!

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[quote=Mustang]
I think during the first 3 weeks of the finals that the VFL should allocate "home" games to the team that finishes higher on the ladder, same as the AFL does. Can't be fairer than that. With the grand final at a central venue.
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The issue with that is local footy finals. As it stands, on the weekend just gone:
Box Hill hosted VAFA finals
Coburg hosted an EDFL final and a VAFA final.
Werribee hosted WRFL finals both days.
QEO had Bendigo FL finals.
Cramer St had Northern FL finals.
Trevor Barker Oval had VAFA finals.
Frankston had MPNFL finals.

I'm not sure what rights the VFL club would have to bumping the local finals off their grounds at late notice, nor am I sure whether the VFL clubs would want to. I suspect local finals generate an income for the VFL club.

In saying that, I have no doubt that Port is unpopular for finals, and I think the 1.10pm starts are hated by footy fans. It's a really inconvenient time, people want the morning to do other things, then wander down to the footy after lunch. While the VFL persist with 1.10pm starts at Port for finals, they simply won't get bums on seats.

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Bring back Toorak Park. Do that ground up to VFL level and set it up for regular finals. Neutral ground as well as great atmosphere.

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I wonder if the new ground going to be built where the old Olympic Park is now could be a possibility. I read that in about 5yrs time they will have an MCG size oval with pavillion and terraces etc... with Collingwood to train there and TAC/National Champs to be played there.

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Anybody who says more people will turn up to watch the 'Northern Blues' as opposed the bullants are kidding themselves.

Only have to look at the finals on the weekend to see that people want to watch clubs, not teams play and the Blues would be just that; a team where those not playing for Carlton play. The Northern Blues would quickly become the metro version of the Bendigo Bombers.

The VFL got the fixture wrong; both games involving the AFL sides should have been played in the suburbs. Box Hill would have drawn a decent crowd for a home final. They said all year that games for the first week of the finals would be played on a best fit basis. Going on that the best two games for North Port were those involving Port Melbourne and Willamstown.

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[quote=vfa]Bring back Toorak Park. Do that ground up to VFL level and set it up for regular finals. Neutral ground as well as great atmosphere.[/quote]

I agree but the parking would be a problem.

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