Yeah Mick could really handle himself. He had a major brain snap that day and belted nearly every Tooronga Malvern player on the ground.It wasnt biffs n backhanders it was combination lefts, rights and uppercuts. Story goes that the coach sent the runner out to get him off but the runner declined and wouldnt go anywhere near him lol
Out of all the old VFA clubs, how many are still functioning in minor leagues ?
I know that Moorabbin, Dandenong, Mordialloc & Caulfield are in the SFL, Kilsyth in the EFL & Sunshine & Yarraville in the Western League. Are they the old clubs or completely different ones ?
Dazza only Kilsyth, Berwick and Mordialloc are still around as the whole and original club. Geelong West merged with St Peters. Wavelrey are called Waverley Blues and are a merger of Mt Wavelrey who became Mt Waverley-Burwood and Waverley Panthers who had merged wioth Clayton Amateurs. Dandenong are the old Dandenong West. Moorabbin are Moorabbin West renamed. Sunshine are Sunshine Heights or Sunshine YCW ?? Caulfield are formerley St Kevins Ormond and Elsterniwck ?? Basically only Kilsyth, Berwick andf Mordialloc plus Traralgon of you want to include them for their 2 years in 96/97.
Good that Mordialloc were able to survive with their history. Kilsyth, Berwick & Traralgon all only dipped their toes in the water and were never really successful in their short VFA history. Probably why they are still around today. Was easy to return to their local leagues without too much damage. Was surprised when Oakleigh folded. Most of the other clubs were getting thrashed towards their end. Was it the usual financial situation that brought their demise ?
Most was either financial or lack of players. Prahran, Oakleigh and Dandenong sold out by Gannon creating the under 18 Prahran Dragons, Stingrays and Chargers. All three old VFA clubs Prahran, Oakleigh and Dandenong had good supporter base and great history. Real shame the three clubs were sold out. There might have been some money troubles but if it wasn't for Gannon and co at least one of those clubs might be playing VFL today. Maybe two ??
Mordialloc won the SFL 2nd Division flag last year which was their first since 1999. Berwick and Kilsyth have not had that much success since their VFA days but at least they have their CLUB. Unlike my old club Northcote.
Year if you are looking at the person that did the most damage to the VFA then AFL stooge Gannon would be top of the list!
I still think it is unbelievable that great and successful VFA clubs like Dandenong and Oakleigh and even Prahran dont have senior representation anymore.
A lot of the second division clubs were way out of their depth at the finish of the 2nd division era.
There was always a fair gap between the two divisions and a number of teams promoted found themselves back in division 2 in a short time.
Ken Gannon was a master class AFL puppet. Would have been great to have those old VFA clubs running around today. Was horrified to see him at the Williamstown hall of fame dinner last year. He tried to get rid of Williamstown as well as merging Williamstown with Werribee. Once Williamstown survivied he tried the same at Werribee.
Gannon should be banned from all VFA clubs for life !!
Sunshine is Sunshine YCW.
Yarraville, which I think is Seddon-Yarrville Eagles, is a merger of the 'Seddon-Yarraville Club' team and Kingsville Tigers, who relocated to Williamstown Road.
Is that the biggest ever loss by the dolphins robbo ? I can't ever remember a loss like that for frankston.
Box Hill beat Frankston by 142 points in 2002; 30.13(193) to 7.9(51). I remember reading at the time that it was Frankston's biggest ever loss. I don't remember a bigger loss for the Dolphins than yesterday's result.
Most was either financial or lack of players. Prahran, Oakleigh and Dandenong sold out by Gannon creating the under 18 Prahran Dragons, Stingrays and Chargers. All three old VFA clubs Prahran, Oakleigh and Dandenong had good supporter base and great history. Real shame the three clubs were sold out. There might have been some money troubles but if it wasn't for Gannon and co at least one of those clubs might be playing VFL today. Maybe two?
I reckon you're re-writing history a bit there.
Prahran withdrew from the VFA voluntarily as they were bankrupt with debts approaching $500,000.
Dandenong created a special piece of history, going broke twice in 2 years. At the end of 1992 they walked away from a $400,000 debt [a classic case of buying a Premiership] and reincorporated as the Dandenong Redlegs. By the end of 1994 they were broke again and quite rightly had their licence cancelled. They shouldn't have been allowed back into the VFA in 1993 in the first place.
Oakleigh was the stiff one, their financial situation was nowhere as bad as some others but the VSFL formed the view that it didn't want to go forward with 3 Clubs in close proximity (Springvale, Oakleigh and Box Hill) and that Oakleigh was the least likely to be viable for the future. History would judge that as a correct call. After winning the last Div Two Premiership in 1988, they were a cellar dweller from 1989 to 1994.
Maybe, but Dandenong were livid when they were shown the door. They wanted to continue and were not verry happy. Reckon Oakleigh could have survived.
Well just the same it is pretty sad to see such clubs no longer around.
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