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VFL stand-alone clubs Coburg and Port Melbourne have proven they are finals' material after resolute victories on Saturday.

To the contrary of most football pundits who believed that AFL stand-alone clubs would dominate against teams made up of part-time footballers, the Lions and Borough knocked off Footscray and Essendon respectively – in another major step forward for the competition.

Coburg are in the mix to make their first finals series, since splitting with former AFL affiliate Richmond, while Port Melbourne are pushing for the top four. Of course, reigning premier Williamstown are in second position, again flexing their muscle under coach Andy Collins.

The Seagulls and Borough have both won VFL flags over the past six seasons as stand-alone VFL clubs. Coburg's rise – along with some competitive rigour and drive from Frankston and North Ballarat (albeit being on the bottom of the ladder) – has the competition in a healthy state.

Bulldogs VFL coach Ash Hansen believes playing against VFL stand-alone clubs assists with the development of their younger players.

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Keep banking those wins with the injuries we have is a bonus, depth is looking much better this year compared to last, the younger boys in rivett, halsall and hobbs have been really good this season, long way to go still but things are looking good

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Its gunna be hard to get the double chance - at this stage we have to win one more than the pies until seasons end which may be difficult to do as we still have some testing games. To use the old footy chiche - its one week at a time - as you said we just have to back up win after win and keep the pressure on and wait until / if they drop one. That loss to them earlier on in the year could be costly however a bit early to predict what can / will happen with 8 rounds to go, however one thing can be safely predicted - it won't be 4th position after next round for Port.

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Collingwood have made a great run (now six straight) courtesy of some quality AFL players being in their VFL team, but I wonder if they will drop away a little as some of those players get promoted? Their last two weeks haven't been great.

Having said that, they do have a pretty nice run home (they don't play Casey, Willi or Sandy) so Port will probably have to beat some good teams to catch them.

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Sandy and Williamstown both look as tough fixtures. We'd start 2nd favourite in both matches I reckon.

Is 5th or 6th so bad? We'd expect a first up final at North Port... As opposed to probably travelling.

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No 5th or 6th isn't so bad however expectations are high at North Port oval with a fan base that is used to success. It is so much harder to get in the final from 5th onwards. You really want to get into the top four - double chance - potential week off - their is great reward in top four.

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[quote=Heath_eld]

Sandy and Williamstown both look as tough fixtures. We'd start 2nd favourite in both matches I reckon.

Is 5th or 6th so bad? We'd expect a first up final at North Port... As opposed to probably travelling.

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Heath,

Of course you'd expect a home final irespective of where you finish. What has changed ??

Don't forget your own umpires, own rooms & own attire etc.

Have you ever stopped to think that you may have to go to Williamstown Sandringham Geelong Footscray or Essendon ???

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Heath_eld wrote:

Sandy and Williamstown both look as tough fixtures. We'd start 2nd favourite in both matches I reckon.Is 5th or 6th so bad? We'd expect a first up final at North Port... As opposed to probably travelling.

     Heath,Of course you'd expect a home final irespective of where you finish. What has changed ??Don't forget your own umpires, own rooms & own attire etc.Have you ever stopped to think that you may have to go to Williamstown Sandringham Geelong Footscray or Essendon ???

 

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no I haven't really considered it. Aren't all VFL finals of consequence played at the home of Victorian state football?