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Robbo
Where to now for the Frankston Dolphins?

After disappointing losses today in both the VFL and Development League to the Northern Blues today. What happens from here?

I am not sure, I am pretty convinced that the Dolphins will go winless for the rest of the season in both competitions. It is a very shattering thought from someone who helps them out but that is what I am thinking.

It looks like we are now going backwards rather than forwards.

Looking like 4th straight wooden spoon for the Seniors and 3rd straight for the Devlopment Team.

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Robbo that would be 3rd wooden spoon as they where not last in 2009 and maybe its time for the president & the board to either step down or start pushing the club forward

bullants

Delahunty, Martin, Irving and Forato were injured by half-ftime. They all played bits of second half but could hardly raise a gallop.

Forato was doing more than serviceable job against Robert Warnock. Martin injury released Bell who dominated in second half.

Disappointing day for the Dolphins against side with 19 AFL players but I'd be hopeful their is still a win or two left in the season.

No one likes excuses and the second half effort could have been better but sometimes that's what you get from young sides who lack the on-field experience to stem the tide.

The Dolphions one and a half wins is a hell of a lot better than the Blues two wins.

vfa
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Robbo you are very harsh. Bullants you are hundred percent on the ball. Very disappointing yet better season than Carlton seconds season to date. David Ellard would have had about forty thousand possessions today. Too much experience overall by the slimes yet very poor dolphin game. Dolphins might scrap another win and the last round clash could decide spoon when they meet again. Players were gutted and so was coach, president and officials. Frankston were confident of victory. Such is life.

Robbo

[quote=vfa]Robbo you are very harsh. Bullants you are hundred percent on the ball. Very disappointing yet better season than Carlton seconds season to date. David Ellard would have had about forty thousand possessions today. Too much experience overall by the slimes yet very poor dolphin game. Dolphins might scrap another win and the last round clash could decide spoon when they meet again. Players were gutted and so was coach, president and officials. Frankston were confident of victory. Such is life.[/quote]

I wouldn't say harsh,George. We all knew it was going to be a very long way back since Shannon Grant ruined the club in 2009. Certainly nothing against Simon Goosey and the assistant coaches you can only do so much. I think after the best part of 4 years I just let my frustration out normally I am more controlled. I don't think I have been more shattered than yesterday.

Robbo

Statement from Frankston Dolphins after yesterday's loss to its members

As it was a very disappointing game, we should look at it from all angles,

1, The Blues had one of the best teams in for the year
2, 17 listed player
3, we had injuries
4, have we got the team to compete with them

But we should not use excuses

It's what we do as a club from here on, is what matters most.
We need to take this loss and use it to shape the future of the club from the top down

Lets all try and be positive and support our boys for the rest of the season.

NorthPort
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Good to hear Robbo. I still think that Frankston are a competitive unit and should push teams in the remaining games of the season. I think there are still positives to take out of 2011 for the Dolphins.







MinkaBeaver

Has any club been stung so hard by a loss as Frankston were when they lost that Semi-Final to Williamstown in 2008?

I still remember the drama as the Dolphins conceded two goals in the last minute, Callum Urch's last minute dribbling shot from the Ingles Street pocket bouncing through for a goal.

Since then, their record is 67 played, 7 won, 59 lost, with one draw. Yet as a neutral, I see them being in a better position than they were in 2009.

Back then I chatted with a recruiter after one of their games, who bemoaned the fact there were only one or two players that AFL clubs would be vaguely interested in. Yet since ditching Shannon Grant, the Dolphins have built themselves a reputation as good developers of young talent.

Look at the current mix - Martin, Haretuku, Bosward, Marusic, Osborne, Kitchin, Sketcher, Delahunty... I'm not saying they'll make it, but they are at least all players of interest. So the talent is bubbling and the development approach under Simon Goosey is admirable. But they need to find a way to turn honourable losses into wins. That's the hardest step, but it's not insurmountable.

Failing that, they could lobby the VFL to draw them with Coburg every week :)

footyman

I'm not sure what sort of cash Frankston has sitting in the bank, but if they have any they really need to bite the bullet and have a serious crack next year. Much longer and the damage just gets too hard to repair. They have 10-12 decent players, but the depth falls away badly. They need a star or two.

With all due respect to Frankston, the list they have this year is alright but if you were to sit the Frankston list alongside the playing list of a top four club in the Eastern FL or Essendon DFL you'd probably find Frankston's looks ordinary in comparison.

The only real advantage Frankston has over suburban clubs is selling itself as a place where kids have the potential to get drafted.

BrekkyDJ
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My mail is Frankston is only paying a third of what they could pay in the salary cap.

My understanding is they are focused on paying off things like the pokies and rebuilt grandstand first, before opening up the wallet for recruiting.

billythekid

Frankston could have bought a marquee player like Fevola and and couple of other ex AFL players but of course you cant spend and save at the same .

Then again a player of Fevs pulling power in a city like Frankston would most likely have well and turned a profit for the club and more importantly had more wins on the board.

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