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Port Melbourne crowds on the rise

Whilst looking thruogh the club official site it was pleasing to see that the clubs average gate had grown significantly from previous years. 2014's aberage gate was 1650 as compared to 1450 the previous year.

What do people put this down to ? On field performance bringing in more fans ? Has the club got intentions of growing home gates further and if so how do they plan to do this ? Their was some talk of hiring somebody to market the club and that the club was going to try grow gates further. If this is the case - what do people think is a realistic home gate for the borough to aim for ?

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Thats a good sign Maybe some of the newer residents are coming on board

When Port Melbourne was a city in its own right it only had about 13- 14000 residents and a lot of the hardcore Port fans have either died or moved away from the area.

I suspect the figure is now much greater with all the highrise developments and a good marketing push might get some of the new people onboard.

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Port's a highly populated area now and the VFL is much more family friendly than the AFL. Combine that with winning team and great history lets hope this is just the start of a renaissance. Doesn't get much better than the mighty Borough at home!!

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maybe people have just had a gutful of the AFL, like myself, but still love footy & enjoy standing instead of being forced to pay for a seat & can enjoy a cold can & reasonably priced food without having to remortgage the house, can listen to the coaches & get close to the players, have a kick on the ground, etc. The VFL has got a lot going for it, despite the negativity on this forum at times .....

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You're dead right Wally, and the standard of footy is bloody good too!
Can,t imagine why the comp cannot draw much bigger crowds.

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lack of media coverage is the main reason i beleive lum, if the two major dailies gave it as much coverage as the TAC and it got reported on by the commercial TV channels (the ABC did its best to hide it with scant publicity or even scores on news services out of MELBOURNE, for heaven's sake!) it would come to people's attention more. The saturation coverage of the AFL in Melbourne makes it a difficult market to crack, sadly! Hopefully things will turn around with 7's involvement this coming season.

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I remember up until recently the scores were mentioned on the sports reports. Its a shame that it is no longer done. Perhaps it is due to having more sports these days as opposed to the 80's where oz only showed interest in teo games, football during winter cricket in summer. Now you have interest in basketball, soccer, f1 etc etc.

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Yep overseas soccer, rugby and other international sports seem to be favoured by the tv stations rather than homegrown sports, other than the AFL, of course, during winter. Even horse racing rarely gets a mention, nowadays, except during the spring carnival, which is in between football & cricket seasons. Same with Shield cricket, lots of interest but precious little coverage.

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Just stumbled across this! Good to see! And why not? It's a fun, family friendly (most of the time) place to go. Club is well run, easy to get food, a beer etc. Port is always competitive even against AFL sides.

I was one of the new fans last year having only really bothered with finals before.

Also how long has the VFL had Auskick? That must boost crowds? Do they pay to get in (parents that is)

Was great on the weekend too, to see plenty of support for Sandy. Most games I reckon the opposition clubs are lucky to have double figures of supporters at North Port, so Sandy was good to see.

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Club definitely needs to market more - on my way to the game on Saturday (late) i was stopped twice on public transport and asked how Port was going.

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For me it is mainly after the game. I reckon half dozen or so locals that see me in port gear ask me what happened so I think local people do care.

Member numbers are up which is great and last two home gates have been very good. Need a good season to capitalise on the off field success.

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16 times premiers
21 times runners up - THE MIGHTY BOROUGH!

I'M PORT MELBURNE BORN,
I'M PORT MELBOURNE BRED,
I'LL BE PORT UNTIL I'M DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!