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My records have Camberwell on tv (ATV-0 & ATV-10) on 10 occasions, from 1968 to 1984. The last one was Sunday 2 September,1984, being the 1st semi-final at St Kilda. It was a cool and windy day with a bad result!
Frankston 18.16.124 v Camberwell 9.16.70.

The 1968 match was: Camberwell 10.9.69 v Northcote 12.19.91. As it was monochrome in those days, Northcote's colours were irrelevant to viewers.

Well, I've partly got back to this topic!

BrekkyDJ
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One old VFA forgotten about on George's list was Skinner Reserve, Sunshine.

I remember it being a massive ground, with a concrete grandstand on the Northern wing.

In the late 90s it resembled was Waverley Park is now, one grandstand sticking out like a sore thumb around a big oval.

I actually Goal-Umpired an Under 14s FDFL Grand Final on that ground in 1998.

It use to host the FDFL 2nd division finals, until the council pulled down the fence.

Think it's a soccer ground now.

vfa
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I haven't forgotton Skinner Reserve. My claim to fame was a couple of reserves games for the crows in 1982. All losses of course. The seniors wins were also pretty rare back then. Trying doing indian file around Skinner Reserve is one mean feat, especially as it is a very big ground. Been a long time since Channel 0 televised a game at Skinner Reserve. Off course the Channel 10 cameras was at the Junction Oval for the last quarter against Box Hill in 1986. But I reckon Skinner Reserve was last televised in 1974 ? That is one ground with plenty of land and that could have been deveoloped to host league games. There was quite a few AFL then VFL practice games there. Back in the late 80s to early 90s. Now the ground is probably derelict and maybe Soccer is played there. Walked past there about 4 years ago after watching Sunshine YCW play Spotswood at a ground in Sunshine. Walking past Skinner Reserve was walking past the Bronx. Grafitti littered, derelict ground with the old grandstand looking like a tip. Probably never the same after Ricky McLean went beserk one day after a Sunshine game.
I will endeavour to post every scoreboard and some photos of all grounds in their playing day. Station Hotel can help us out as he is the guru for getting photos out of the video footage. It would be interesting to post every VFA scoreboard in its VFA days. Stay tuned.

jb

The last game for points I went to at Skinner reserve was 1980 when Ricky McLean played agaisnt town. That year Sunshine had a big white S on the jumper instead of the white yolk.
Northcotes jumper was always unique because of the green. We moved to Leopold in 1978, and Leopold wore green with a gold yolk in the Bellarine Football League. They're now in the GFL and have a gold V. The most unique jumper being Leopolds rival Newcomb, who in West Ham United fashion, had a maroon jumber with a sky blue yolk.
Camberwell was my favourite visiting ground, even though we usually go whacked out there through the 70's to mid 80's. I still think Sandy, Coburg, Port and Prestons grounds have retained a great feel to them.

caveman

Have a look at this link guys.

http://countryfootyscores.com/leagues-mainmenu-26/by-region-mainmenu-33/...

There is a club in the Heathcote District Football League called Colbinabbin and they wear a green jumper with a yellow vee. They are known as The Grasshoppers!

Seagull90

The Yarraville Football Ground has had a substantial facelift over recent years. Now open to the public (a la North Melbourne, Western Oval etc)...and still has a super playing surface. Used as part of the playground by Yarraville West Primary School......part of that old historic feel of the VFA!!!

Such a shame to see so many of these grounds under-used....Preston will go the way of so many others.....how long before Coburg is sought for development?...such a pity to see the state of other grounds...Brunswick has been rejuvenated as well....Skinner Reserve is depressing!!!... Geelong West still used and the refurb around it looks much better.

Current grounds... Box Hill is a great place to watch footy; Williamstown will be much improved; Sandy has the feel of the VFA days and its size probably contributes to its coziness; North Ballarat is my least fav ground.....might have a bit to do with how the Seagulls fare there though!!!......good memories being raised by these stories.

Jumpers...who can remember the Grand Final between Preston and Geelong West? Red tops Preston with white shorts, Geelong West white tops with red shorts......what were they thinking!!!

vfa
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Pretty sad that Yarraville Oval has been opened up to the public. They were hosting the WRFL Grand Finals not long ago. I went to the Parkside v St Albans GF in 2000 there and it was packed.
Camberwell, Oakleigh, Sunshine and now Yarraville have been opened up. Will be sad when Cramer Street goes the same. Probably having the NFL finals there might save it. Coburg will hopefully stay intact but i wouldn't bet on it. Devolopers will be over the ground in a rash if they had a chance.
Looking forward to Point Gellibrand's return. Looks like a bit more of a wait now and should be ok for sometime in late May early June ?

BrekkyDJ
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[quote=vfa]Pretty sad that Yarraville Oval has been opened up to the public. They were hosting the WRFL Grand Finals not long ago. I went to the Parkside v St Albans GF in 2000 there and it was packed.
Camberwell, Oakleigh, Sunshine and now Yarraville have been opened up. Will be sad when Cramer Street goes the same. Probably having the NFL finals there might save it. Coburg will hopefully stay intact but i wouldn't bet on it. Devolopers will be over the ground in a rash if they had a chance.
Looking forward to Point Gellibrand's return. Looks like a bit more of a wait now and should be ok for sometime in late May early June ?[/quote]

Your memory might be going on you there George.

The 2000 WRFL Grand Final was a smaller than usual crowd (around 3,500). I remember cause (as per the video) I called that game and it hailed and pissed down during the afternoon!

vfa
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Still a crowd of 3500 looked good at Yarraville Oval.
I didn't go to any other WRFL GFs at Yarraville Oval.
What was the biggest crowd they got for a GF there.

I do remember that game as when the siren sounded (not many heard it) there was hardly a whimper as most of the crowd were going for St Albans.

digs

[quote=Seagull90]The Yarraville Football Ground has had a substantial facelift over recent years. Now open to the public (a la North Melbourne, Western Oval etc)...and still has a super playing surface. Used as part of the playground by Yarraville West Primary School......part of that old historic feel of the VFA!!!

Such a shame to see so many of these grounds under-used....Preston will go the way of so many others.....how long before Coburg is sought for development?...such a pity to see the state of other grounds...Brunswick has been rejuvenated as well....Skinner Reserve is depressing!!!... Geelong West still used and the refurb around it looks much better.
Current grounds... Box Hill is a great place to watch footy; Williamstown will be much improved; Sandy has the feel of the VFA days and its size probably contributes to its coziness; North Ballarat is my least fav ground.....might have a bit to do with how the Seagulls fare there though!!!......good memories being raised by these stories.

Jumpers...who can remember the Grand Final between Preston and Geelong West? Red tops Preston with white shorts, Geelong West white tops with red shorts......what were they thinking!!![/quote

For those who are unaware Santo Caruso (Melbourne Sports Books 9662 1085, 9662 1086), Mark Fiddian & Jim Main published a fantastic book a few years back called "Football Grounds Of Melbourne"
This book details all the old VFA & VFL grounds in & around Melbourne with 3 to 4 pages being dedicated to each ground.
It is packed with great photos of grandstands, scorebooards,ticket boxes & surrounds etc.
A MUST for all footy followers, not just the VFA.
Only 1 team photo in the book & that team East Brunswick Under 15's 1976,Deputy Vice Captain ......Santo Caruso

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

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