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Wally from Will...
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Apart from the ads, the coverage is good, the commentators well-researched & knowledgable about the competition. It could be improved if Channel 7 were more flexible with the scheduling of games and show a few more stand-alone teams & actually showed the 'match of the round' and not Nth Ballarat and Geelong, for example.

vfa
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Sometimes the match of the day could be a fizzer luck of the draw. They picked a close one at Victoria park. As long as they can get to as many different grounds as they can. At least they are showing vfl games would be a huge step backwards if they didn't. Has anyone from sa or wa watched their local leagues would love feedback of channel sevens broadcast. Pity those games aren't replayed during the week.

billythekid

According to Big Footy the VFL ratings are up 47% on the ABC last year.

vfa
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That is a fair jump in the ratings. Reckon you would have the average AFL suppotrters that does not follow the VFL but has switched on especially as it is on the same channel as the AFL games.

billythekid

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That is a fair jump in the ratings. Reckon you would have the average AFL suppotrters that does not follow the VFL but has switched on especially as it is on the same channel as the AFL games.

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I think you are right vfa being on the main channel would make a huge difference in viewing numbers.

billythekid

Like I suspected Ch 7 will do second rate AFL seconds games Geelong v Footscray and even on a Sunday in preference to a mix of clubs.
What makes this decision more silly is the senior AFL teams play at the same ground on Saturday afternoon so the VFL game could have been a curtain raiser.

Mustang

To me it’s obvious what’s going on. I’m surprised others haven’t picked up on it.

Neither Ch 7 or McGuire Media have their own OB equipment, so they are hiring/leasing the OB vans from the ABC.

So there are two ways to save money:

1. Televise VFL games from Geelong, where Ch 7 already have all their own equipment and facilities and don’t need the OB vans.

2. Televise VFL games from Punt Road, where the same crew can do the VFL and AFL game, it’s only 400 metres to walk across to the MCG.

I’m actually surprised that they haven’t broadcast one or two VFL games from Turd Dome (thanks vfa for the memorable name) in the interests of cost saving.

I agree it’s a great shame that they aren’t getting around the traditional VFA grounds more often but I can’t see things changing any time soon under the new deal.

That being said, I am enjoying the Ch 7 VFL coverage which is high standard and professional and a welcome change from the ABC.

vfa
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Mustang I have had another good look at the 1979 Lightning Premiership game between Box Hill v Yarraville.
Some of the Mustang players I picked up on the televised game are Flannigan, Nigel Taylor, Tuckwell, Harper, Robinson, number 19 Hale, Phillip Rich, McCettigan, number 7 Vic Lawther who was vice captain, number 20 Marty Hoogstra, number 33 Dickinson, 23 Marsh, 3 Joffre and Bickley ?
I have heard off all with the exception of Bickley ? as well as Flannigan and Taylor.
Marty Hoogstra had the long hair and big bulk. Well known in local sporting area. Dickinson was not a bad player. Vic Lawther was more than handy. Rich and Hale looked like they could play in this game.

Yarraville's players were much more well known
28 Bobby Colbert ex Port Melbourne, 20 Mark Fotheringham starred with the seagulls, John Laxton ex Brunswick and about 6 foot 7, 36 Arthur Edwards pace rover, Pat Wellington ex bombers who sadly passed away many years ago , 11 John Sharp a fiery player who was also a good cricketer , the speedy Gary Harley, 14 Shane Keogh is still running around now in over 50s, Larry Ryan, Jack Dinatale, Brian Smith and 23 Richard ‘Rags’ Radziminski.

send us a pm as I can do a copy of this game for you if like. Have you had any luck with the Box hill v Northcote/Sunshine games lightning premiership games ?

Ethihad (turd dome) is aptly named. I would rather brave the elements at a suburban ground than go there. Never been a fan of Docklands and probably never will.
Jason Bennett is not doing too bad with the Ch7 televised games. He does his homework.
Punt Road looks good on the TV but not convinced with Geelong. Looks too bare. Williamstown came up very well on the screen. The grounds that have the old terrace houses like Punt Road or the scenic view at Point Geelibrand look good. Has Ch7 announced the last 4 rounds as yet ?

Mustang

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Mustang I have had another good look at the 1979 Lightning Premiership game between Box Hill v Yarraville.
Some of the Mustang players I picked up on the televised game are Flannigan, Nigel Taylor, Tuckwell, Harper, Robinson, number 19 Hale, Phillip Rich, McGettigan, number 7 Vic Lawther who was vice captain, number 20 Marty Hoogstra, number 33 Dickinson, 23 Marsh, 3 Joffre and Bickley ?
I have heard off all with the exception of Bickley ? as well as Flannigan and Taylor.
Marty Hoogstra had the long hair and big bulk. Well known in local sporting area. Dickinson was not a bad player. Vic Lawther was more than handy. Rich and Hale looked like they could play in this game.

send us a pm as I can do a copy of this game for you if like. Have you had any luck with the Box hill v Northcote/Sunshine games lightning premiership games?

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vfa, funny you should mention that, I had a look the other day and found my VHS tape of (most of) the Box Hill v Sunshine Lightning Premiership game in 1979. It would have been played the week before the Box Hill v Yarraville game you have. Box Hill defeated Sunshine 6.4(40) to 3.1(19) before losing to Yarraville 4.2(26) to 7.6(48).

I still haven’t found the Box Hill v Northcote game from 1978 but I moved house a couple of years back and have a few boxes of stuff I haven’t yet sorted out. I’m sure it’s in there somewhere. I’ll have a look when I get a chance.

The Box Hill team from your game v Yarraville was Alan Dickinson, Peter Flanagan, Warren Hale, Steve Harper, Marty Hoogstra, Mark Joffe, Vic Lawther, Marty Lynn, Phil Marsh, Eamon McGettigan, Bruce McLerie, Greg Parry, Grant Pickett, Keith Ralph, Phillip Rich, Paul Robinson, Nigel Taylor and John Tuckwell.

Vic Lawther was a battler but gave his best for many years and was the last Box Hill player to reach 150 games. Probably won’t happen again.

Marty Hoogstra hung around well into the 1980s and would have played 60 games or so. He was inconsistent but could play. I’ve heard it said at Box Hill that there were two star juniors at Ringwood in the mid-1970s, Marty Hoogstra and Paul Van Der Haar. You know the rest of the story. Might be just a story but might be true. I don't know.

Phillip Rich was a fine player with a lovely left foot. Sadly he did his knee in 1983 in the days when a serious knee injury ended your career. He would have been a star in BHFC’s 1984 premiership.

Alan Dickinson played in Box Hill’s 1984 premiership and was a fine rover, over 100 games. Sadly he died under tragic circumstances a couple of years later.

Mark Joffe was a nuggety little rover who was handy around goal. These days he is a fairly well known as a movie producer!

There is a classic VFA moment in the Box Hill v Sunshine game, Joffe is awarded a free kick in the centre square gluepot and his Sunshine opponent responds by hurling a handful of mud in his face! He’s reported by 2 umpires for misconduct and the incident looks incredibly funny on the “Herbert Smalls SLO-MO” replay. Hilarious!

Keith Ralph takes a couple of big grabs in the game against Sunshine and kicks 3 goals. Keith could really play, such a pity about his short fuse. The opposition used to go out of their way to suck him in and Keith would fall for it.

I’ll try to arrange to get the game copied to DVD, I’ll drop you a pm when I do.

Mustang

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