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MegaA
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They will only get better as well when the new facilities are built. I've seen the plans and they are very impressive to say the least.

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Perhaps all you Port supporters should be asking the question of your own club management .... why did they knock back the chance to man the gates and cop the entire gate as well as admitting ALL their own members ???? All too hard maybe ?

Bottom line , spend a dollar and get your ground up to State League standard and you dont end up putting your own players and supporters in this sort of position. ..... again , all too hard ??

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[quote=Ocker]

Perhaps all you Port supporters should be asking the question of your own club management .... why did they knock back the chance to man the gates and cop the entire gate as well as admitting ALL their own members ???? All too hard maybe ?

Bottom line , spend a dollar and get your ground up to State League standard and you dont end up putting your own players and supporters in this sort of position. ..... again , all too hard ??

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*sigh* the uninformed.

Point one:
The reason Port didn't get the gate, was there wasn't anyone from Port supplied to do the gate, or run the scoreboard, or ball boys, or be security, etc...

Was it was because it was too hard? YES! The club was advised of the ground change at 10.15am on Friday morning - 24 hours before the first bounce in the development league.

Everyone was busy calling up whoever they could, to advise of the ground change. I discovered on Saturday that Box Hill offered to run the gate, security, etc... - that comes at a cost, so they got the gate.

Point two, why was the ground not up to scratch? A short-term and a long-term reason.

Short-term. The Super Sopper broke down! Parts could not be arranged for delivery til later in the week, so it was arranged to purchased a 2nd hand one from the MCC - that cost time (and money).

Long-term.... the Port Phillip Council. Simply, the own the ground and it's them that have to put the coin in to fix it. Sadly, their attitude hasn't been great. For example, our president called them last week saying we need urgent talks about the state of the ground... they (council) wanted to schedule the meeting for August 31!!!!

I challenge ANY CLUB facing those hurdles to try and get over them.

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Mustang
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[quote=BrekkyDJ]

*sigh* the uninformed.[/quote]
Good grief - the totally ignorant!!

As I was informed on Saturday, Port was offered a choice of venues and picked Box Hill City Oval.

Secondly, Port was offered to be ground managers and declined, therefore the match became a Box Hill home game.

It was no harder for Port Melbourne to arrange staff than it was for Box Hill, which also had 24 hours notice. In fact, it was easier for Port which would have already had home match officials on standby. If Port had brought 3 officials along with tills, footy records and rolls of tickets it could have had the gate for itself. As Ocker said, all too hard!!

Instead one after another Port supporter chose to disgrace themselves by abusing the Box Hill gate staff - volunteers - for being asked to part with a measly $5. Absolutely pathetic.

The anger of Port Melbourne supporters should rightly be directed at Port Phillip Council, the Port ground has been bad and getting worse for years, finals have been shifted away from Port in 2010 and 2012 and there is a real chance it could happen again this year unless someone pulls their finger out over the next 4 weeks.

As for all the whingers about Port losing a home ground advantage, it probably saved the legs of your aging players by playing on a proper all weather surface rather than a quagmire. Of course you like to forget that the VFA/VFL has gifted Port many home ground finals over the past 25 years, often when Port was the lower ranked club.

Saturday proved the football gods have a sense of humour. The nerve of the Port mob to hoot the umpires off the ground, who gifted Port 5 goals from free kicks in the first half and missed 2 blatant free kicks to Box Hill in the last quarter less than 20 metres from goal was beyond belief.

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I wait with trepidation to see the reaction when we have a bit of rain in September and some of the scheduled finals at North Port Oval are transferred to Box Hill City Oval.

Just stirring.....

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[quote=Mustang]

BrekkyDJ wrote:

*sigh* the uninformed.
Good grief - the totally ignorant!!

As I was informed on Saturday, Port was offered a choice of venues and picked Box Hill City Oval.

Secondly, Port was offered to be ground managers and declined, therefore the match became a Box Hill home game.

It was no harder for Port Melbourne to arrange staff than it was for Box Hill, which also had 24 hours notice. In fact, it was easier for Port which would have already had home match officials on standby. If Port had brought 3 officials along with tills, footy records and rolls of tickets it could have had the gate for itself. As Ocker said, all too hard!!

Instead one after another Port supporter chose to disgrace themselves by abusing the Box Hill gate staff - volunteers - for being asked to part with a measly $5. Absolutely pathetic.

The anger of Port Melbourne supporters should rightly be directed at Port Phillip Council, the Port ground has been bad and getting worse for years, finals have been shifted away from Port in 2010 and 2012 and there is a real chance it could happen again this year unless someone pulls their finger out over the next 4 weeks.

As for all the whingers about Port losing a home ground advantage, it probably saved the legs of your aging players by playing on a proper all weather surface rather than a quagmire. Of course you like to forget that the VFA/VFL has gifted Port many home ground finals over the past 25 years, often when Port was the lower ranked club.

Saturday proved the football gods have a sense of humour. The nerve of the Port mob to hoot the umpires off the ground, who gifted Port 5 goals from free kicks in the first half and missed 2 blatant free kicks to Box Hill in the last quarter less than 20 metres from goal was beyond belief.

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Very well said mate. I agree with you in terms of port being able to have it there home game.
First thing I did when I arrived at Box hill Saturday after having a sook at the gate. ( which none of us supporters told we were giving up the game) was go straight to the canteen & ask the people (who are independently hired out) what time they got told they had to work today . One lady told me she was told at 8pm Friday night.
Really port could have taken the gate if they wanted by taking it to a mutual venue like higate.
Thanks for telling the situation from a Box Hill perspective.

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[quote=Ocker]

Perhaps all you Port supporters should be asking the question of your own club management .... why did they knock back the chance to man the gates and cop the entire gate as well as admitting ALL their own members ???? All too hard maybe ?

Bottom line , spend a dollar and get your ground up to State League standard and you dont end up putting your own players and supporters in this sort of position. ..... again , all too hard ??

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Welcome. Pretty fair analysis of the situation.

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The points brought up by Ocker and Mustang are interesting if true. I am disappointed at the utter lack of transparency from the VFL, AFL Victoria and the Port Melbourne and Box Hill football clubs in this situation, which has only lead to unnecessary anger, rumor and speculation.

Go Borough!

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Also, it didn't help on Friday that the internet connection at North Port went down and they spent around 2 hours on the phone with Telstra trying to get it fixed.

When it rains, it pours!

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