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NorthPort
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Werribee 2016

The club that announced a few years back that they would never again go into an alignment after partibgparting ways with the Bulldogs, has now entered a full blown alignment.

How will it affect the Tigers supporter base?

Williamstown, Port ad Geelong may also benefit from the reduced playing list.

vfa
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Bad move by Werribee. Williamstown and Port will definitely benefit.

burraburger

With not many senior spots available they could have a very strong development side much like Box Hill. That's if they can entice players to Werribee knowing it's going to be a battle to play senior football. The fan base is pretty much dead from what I've observed.

tigers56

Hi guys I don't post that much and as this will be my last post as I'm no longer following VFL or Werribee because of this alignment and the mickey mouse composition is be coming I hope the stand alone clubs survive but I don't think many will.As for the supporter base that went along time ago even at local club support is not overly strong most people I know go to afl and don't give toss about vfl or western region

digs

[quote=tigers56]

Hi guys I don't post that much and as this will be my last post as I'm no longer following VFL or Werribee because of this alignment and the mickey mouse composition is be coming I hope the stand alone clubs survive but I don't think many will.As for the supporter base that went along time ago even at local club support is not overly strong most people I know go to afl and don't give toss about vfl or western region

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Tigers,
I think Werribee will be right up there next year with a full list of Kangaroos to choose from, There are a couple of good young players who have been with the Roosters the past few years.

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

tigers56

This is from Werribee web site
NORTH MELBOURNE ALIGNMENT WITH WERRIBEE

North Melbourne has officially signed an agreement with the Werribee Football Club to begin a single alignment from 2016.

The Kangaroos ended their partnership with North Ballarat at the conclusion of the 2015 VFL home and away season.

North CEO and Managing Director Carl Dilena says the move will have wide-ranging benefits for both clubs.

“For us it makes sense to have all our players under the one roof and we’re delighted to strengthen our partnership further with Werribee,” Dilena said.

“With former North development coach John Lamont at the helm and the likes of Mark Penaluna leading the way, we see some great opportunities for North Melbourne and Werribee in the short and long-term.”

The new agreement covers the 2016 and 2017 VFL seasons with an option for a further year.

While Werribee will continue to wear its own jumper, have its own club song and play home games at Avalon Airport Oval, North Melbourne will have a greater input into the on field workings of the club.

“This is a very big step for our club and one that ensures our football future in the VFL competition,” Werribee CEO Mark Penaluna said.

“We have a real football connection with the Kangaroos and will continue to give our players an opportunity to play at the highest level as we have done in the past for the likes of Ben Brown, Michael Barlow, Dale Morris, Kyle Hartigan and James Podsiadly.”

Dilena said the clubs will work closely to enhance the connection with the community through various initiatives and programs and that North Melbourne is already helping with Werribee’s plans to build a new multi-purpose facility.

“The City of Wyndham boasts a large multi-cultural community and a newly expanded community facility at Werribee would allow us to enhance our presence in the area by establishing a Huddle classroom and offering world-class educational programs and services.”

Established in 2010 at Arden Street in North Melbourne to improve social cohesion by addressing the causes of disengagement among young people, the multi-award winning Huddle’s programs assist young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Since 2010, The Huddle has reached more than 40,000 young people from low-socio economic communities.

“We strongly believe replicating The Huddle model in The City of Wyndham will have a massive impact on the community,” Dilena added.

Dilena added North Melbourne and Werribee share some significant long term goals.

“In building on Werribee’s central role in the community, we will be looking to run multicultural academy programs and will explore the possibility of a women's team."

“In essence, the exciting alignment will open up a whole range of new opportunities to explore.”

Plugger

I thought they possibly could have been renamed Werribee Kangaroos. Looks like thankfully that is not the case.

By the end of 2017 this will be one of only one of four clubs in alignment with a AFL club. (Northern Blues,Casey, Box Hill, Werribee)
Werribee have a solid second income stream compared to the other four aligned clubs. If Casey's Pokie Permit went through back in 2011-2012 I wonder if Melbourne would be looking at standing alone.

Under the current format I think it would be to hard for Box Hill, Northern Blues & Casey to ever go stand alone again I think they have probably pissed off too many original supporters over the past decade and a half.

Arj the Paparazzi
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The allignment is only for 3 years and it is to sure up the long term survival of the Werribee Tigers. Remember, Werribee is the only club to have faced extinction in the VFA and won.

tigers56

Hi Arj I know all about the past Im a pass player and team manger my family was very involved with club mum washed and mended the jumpers every week dad was on the committee and brother was the time keeper for a while we also put money in the club to help it survived. This alignment is for benefit Nth Melbourne not Werribee I can see it will end up like Boxhill and Preston nothing but a memory. .

Plugger

[quote=Arj the Paparazzi]

The allignment is only for 3 years and it is to sure up the long term survival of the Werribee Tigers. Remember, Werribee is the only club to have faced extinction in the VFA and won.

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Willy & Port Melbourne face this threat also in 1995

NorthPort
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[quote=Plugger]

Arj the Paparazzi wrote:

The allignment is only for 3 years and it is to sure up the long term survival of the Werribee Tigers. Remember, Werribee is the only club to have faced extinction in the VFA and won.
Willy & Port Melbourne face this threat also in 1995[/quote]

I'd say Coburg must have been very close to being in the same boat.







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