Oh well, if they’re going to go to the expense and inconvenience of getting the Appeals Board together, I say let’s do it properly:
Let’s also investigate why Williamstown was slapped with a feather for it’s blatant salary cap breach last year and not stripped of the Development premiership.
Let’s also investigate how on earth Williamstown was allowed to compete in this year’s Foxtel Cup.
Let’s also investigate why Williamstown hasn’t returned the 2003 VFL Premiership Cup to Collingwood, who rightfully won it.
Let’s also investigate why Tony Pastore was let off with a severe reprimand after breaking Stephen James’ jaw with a king hit behind play in the 1992 first semi final.
Let’s also investigate why Williamstown was promoted to First Division in 1981 after finishing sixth in Second Division the previous season!
Turn it up! I'm no Willi fan but I'd rather support them in this decision than see your sugar daddy bend the rules to breaking point in order to feather their own nest, so to speak.
The stand alone clubs are being ripped off left right and centre to the benefit of AwFuL affiliates or reserve who in no way shape or form need such a massive leg up. It's a disgrace and should NOT be stood for!
I appreciate the PMs, I do seem to be getting forgetful in my old age!
Let's also investigate how Williamstown managed to lure 4 players from a rival VFL club and one contracted player from another VFL club - all this going on while under investigation for salary cap rorting!
I know, it would make for a very long night at the Appeals Board, but it would be a lot of fun to watch. :-)
There's no greater crime in footy than salary cap mismanagement, they arguably got off quite lightly but fortunately they didn't go on and win the flag last year.
This isn't a Williamstown v Box Hill thing, it's about the integrity of the competition which is crucial - nobody can change the past but they can change the future.
Every league in Victoria has qualifying rules for finals - a certain number of games played with the club, and a maximum number of games allowed at a higher level. And when your seniors are playing, then the reserves is open to anybody. And when your seniors aren't playing only eligible players are allowed to play. There would be plenty of examples of players all around the state next weekend who can't play a game of footy due to the rules in their competition.
Most of the other teams remaining in the AFL finals don't have their state league teams in finals and have to get their players match fit through training. I'm not sure why this isn't good enough for Hawthorn.
That is one area that Willy are very sensitive & very touchy about. Cannot believe that this "alleged" breach was never released & brought out into the open.
Maybe Monti has got them all bluffed.
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Spot on Footyman.
I'm sure both Geelong and North Melbourne would like to have their players (who don't get selected in the AFL this week) match fit.
Would have no problem with McEvoy not being allowed to play against Werribee, Port Melbourne or Footscray. Williamstown on the other hand, as Mustang has pointed out, get away with everything. They blatently ignore the rules themselves, yet cry foul when something goes against them. Suck it up, cry babies
This should never have been granted. Hook has a very personal interest in this situation. There are no unusual circumstances
about a player having played the bulk of the season at AFL level and therefore not playing many games at a lower level to meet finals qualification. Every season there are players who miss VFL finals by 1 or 2 games..
Can anyone here find VFL rule 20.8 which polar mentioned earlier in the thread?? The appeal will be interesting indeed,however if McEvoy does play it will be a interesting and good experience for the Williamstown ruckmen in Meese(who currently holds the title best ruckman in the VFL)and more then likely Tighe. Our young ruckman at Port in Robinson and Nick Prowse would have learnt a thing or two in the game against Box Hill two weeks ago.
I do believe the issue regarding AFL listed players playing in the VFL finals will need addressing and changing after this season. I wish Williamstown all the best in the appeal,however to be the best you need to beat the best and at the end of the day we are talking about one player and that really shouldnt change the game outcome.
"Let’s also investigate why Williamstown was promoted to First Division in 1981 after finishing sixth in Second Division the previous season!"
Thats a interesting one - whats the go there ?
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