VFL showcase compromised for AFL's greater good

From The Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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The VFL competition is in two minds and both collided on grand final day. One, it seems, wants to see the traditional VFA teams prosper, the another, which is becoming more dominant, is that AFL Victoria does not want it tagged as an AFL reserves competition.

Box Hill Hawks' handling of Cyril Rioli in the grand final loss to Footscray on Sunday is a stark example. Box Hill was six points up at three-quarter time, with injury concerns, but was unable to put the star Hawk back on the ground.

It is an issue for the VFL and the AFL to tackle. With more stand alone clubs on the horizon, the development of players would appear to be more important than success.
This year's premier – Footscray – is a prime example.

Coach Chris Maple has since day one, stated that player development was a far greater priority than on-field success. After the club's victory, he said: "I think it shows you can still develop and do OK.

"We haven't compromised (in finals) where we want to play players, the length of time we want to play them. Some weeks we've taken them off at half-time and things like that. We haven't changed that and we won't change it.

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Footscray Bulldogs beat Box Hill in grand final to claim VFL premiership

From the ABC Website
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A frenetic final quarter comeback has secured Footscray an emotional VFL grand final victory, with the Bulldogs beating reigning premiers Box Hill on Sunday by 22 points.

The AFL's Western Bulldogs chose to end their VFL affiliation with Williamstown last year and so for the first time in almost two decades, the name Footscray returned to elite competition as they entered a team in the Victorian league.

For the success-starved club and their supporters, the 16.13 (109) to 13.9 (87) grand final win was the Bulldogs' first major trophy since they won their only VFL/AFL premiership in 1954.

Despite Box Hill's loss, there was some good news for AFL affiliates Hawthorn as star forward Cyril Rioli made it through his first game in three months and declared himself fit for grand final selection next Saturday against Sydney.

To do what we have done is pretty special - words can't describe how I am feeling.
Footscray coach Chris Marple
Brad Sewell and Ben McEvoy were taken out of Box Hill's side on Sunday, adding to the selection intrigue that will surround Hawthorn in grand final week.

Box Hill led by three goals early in the last quarter, but mounting injuries took their toll.

Footscray celebrates first day flag since '54


From The Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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Footscray players celebrate with the premeirship cup after winning the VFL grand final match against Box Hill on Sunday.

FOOTSCRAY BULLDOGS 4.2 7.4 10.7 16.13 (109) BOX HILL HAWKS 4.2 7.3 11.7 13.9 (87)
Goals: Footscray: L Jones 5, T Dickson 2, J Redpath 2, T Campbell, M Fogarty, J Grant, C Howard, D Pearce, J Tutt, T Young. Box Hill: J Sicily 3, M Hallahan 2, B Ross 2, S Collins, S Grimley, W Hartung, L Lowden, D Willsmore, A Woodward.
Best: Footscray: B Goodes, L Jong, L Jones, T Campbell, M Fogarty, S Darley. Box Hill: M Hallahan, J Sicily, W Hartung, A Litherland, B Ross, S Iles.
Norm Goss medal: B Goodes (Footscray).

Footscray won its first day flag of any type since 1954 with a 22-point victory over the Box Hill Hawks at Etihad Stadium in front of the biggest VFL grand final crowd in 25 years on Sunday.

For the success-starved Bulldogs supporters it was something of a long-awaited threepeat for the Bulldogs, given that they won back-to-back in 1923-24; the last time they were involved in the VFA, now the VFL.

And for Norm Goss Medal winner Brett Goodes, who collected 30 disposals, the win may also be family symmetry given that his brother Jake won his first senior flag with Stawell Swifts and his other brother, Adam, is hoping to cap off a hat-trick of their own with Sydney against Hawthorn on Saturday. "Hopefully the trifecta next week, no pressure Adam, but I'm sure he'll go all right," Goodes said.

Goodes helped engineered this win from his own boot in the opening term. He swooped on the loose ball, showing experience and patience and he nursed consecutive forward entries into his key forwards.


Footscray Bulldogs vs. Box Hill Hawks
Sunday 21st September
Etihad Stadium at 2:15pm

Footscray Bulldogs

B Austin Redpath Talia
HB Young Markovic Darley
C Howard Goodes Johannisen
HF Grant Jones Tutt
F Dickson Campbell Greenwood
R Cordy Jong Lower
Int from Prismall Perkins Pearce
Russell W. Hayes* Jensen
Fogarty Honeychurch Barry

Box Hill Hawks

B Brand Schoenmakers Cheney
HB Heatherley Litherland Ross
C Hartung Sewell Willsmore
HF O'Brien Woodward Rioli
F Grimley Sicily B.McEvoy
R Lowden Kelly Hallahan
Int from Murphy Lock Mirra
Collins Tobin P.McEvoy
Iles Andrews Papadopoulos*

TAC CUP/VFL Grand Final Day

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21 at Etihad Stadium
TAC Cup Grand Final
Calder Cannons vs Oakleigh Chargers at 10:30am
VFL Grand Final
Footscray vs Box Hill Hawks at 2:15pm

Seven to cover VFL next year

From The West Australian
Reported by John Townsend
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Channel 7 is set to cover the Victorian Football League next season in a move that could boost the network's chances of broadcasting the WAFL.

No deal has been signed between the network and the VFL but negotiations are understood to be significantly advanced.

The VFL's move to Channel 7 would mirror the arrangements in South Australia where the network has returned strong ratings in the first year of its SANFL coverage.

The inaugural match between Port Adelaide and new team Adelaide drew a peak of 81,000 viewers on 7mate - an audience larger than an AFL match broadcast into Adelaide that weekend

The WA Football Commission has identified Channel 7 as its preferred broadcast partner for the next three years and is attempting to find sponsors to underwrite the coverage.

The Victorian development, coming so soon after the SANFL success story, is likely to bolster the commission's bid to find sponsors.

Seven West Media, which operates Channel 7 and publishes _The West Australian _, was confident that progress was being made by the commission.

"I am confident that we have made substantial progress in finding support in the corporate market," Channel 7 managing director Mario D'Orazio said.

"We are confident that the football commission will eventually find the necessary support."

D'Orazio's confidence was matched by WAFC chief operating officer Nick Sautner, who has been charged with establishing a new broadcast deal.

"We are working in collaboration with Seven and continue to put proposals forward," Sautner said.

Dogs face Port for Grand Final berth

From the Western Bulldogs website
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Footscray will face Port Melbourne for a spot in the Peter Jackson VFL Grand Final after the minor premiers comprehensively defeated Sandringham by 47 points at North Port Oval on Saturday.

The Bulldogs relished a week’s rest following a tough Qualifying Final win over rival Williamstown and will have some additional players to choose from after the Western Bulldogs 2014 campaign ended last week.

Fresh from a third place finish in the JJ Liston Medal, big man Tom Campbell looks a likely inclusion along with Tom Young and Mark Austin who are both available and firmly in the selection mix.

The last time the two sides met, Footscray were too good in a scrappy, wet affair and first year player Mitch Honeychurch dominated with a 25 possessions, five goal display in the 36 point win.

Footscray has been the in-form team of the competition winning 13 of the past 14 encounters — their only loss in that period at the hands of Box Hill who will play off in the other Preliminary Final this weekend.

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2014 VFA 2nd Preliminary Final - Box Hill v Williamstown

Box Hill Hawks vs. Williamstown
Sunday 14th September
North Port Oval at 2:10pm (ABC TV)

Box Hill Hawks
B Heatherley Cheney Brand
HB Wanganeen Litherland Ross
C Lock Kelly Hartung
HF Willsmore Woodward Murphy
F Grimley Sicily B. McEvoy
R Lowden Hallahan Iles
Int From Tobin P. McEvoy Andrews
Mirra Collins CustKennedy Papadopoulos* Wood

B Fahey Faulks Lockwood
HB Critchley* Mangan Charleston
C Jolley Wheeler Davies
HF Masters Clouston Sing
F Ferguson Lambert Banner
R Tighe Marcon Carr
Int From Anastasio Bese Woods
Johnstone Meese Conway Hetherington Owen Gibbons

2014 VFA 1st Preliminary Final - Footscray v Port Melbourne

Footscray Bulldogs vs. Port Melbourne
Saturday 13th September
North Port Oval at 2:10pm (ABC TV)

Footscray Bulldogs
B Johannisen Austin Talia
HB Jong Young Pearce
C Greenwood Goodes Darley
HF Grant Jones Tutt
F Dickson Redpath Campbell
R Cordy Howard Honeychurch
Int From Prismall Perkins Markovic
Russell W. Hayes* Jensen Fogarty Barry

Port Melbourne
B Tynan Noonan Mascitti
HB Magner Sandilands Wooffindin
C Lange Pinwill Michaliades
HF Valenti Pleming Marigliani
F T. O'Sullivan Bonaddio Davies
R Robinson Baird Cain
Int From S. O'Sullivan Langford Johnson
Rowe Connors Hogan* Gordon Fanning T. Johnston

VFL Finals Week 3

AFLV Development League Grand Final
Williamstown vs Box Hill Hawks at North Port Oval 10:45am
VFL 1st Preliminary Final
Footscray vs Port Melbourne at North Port Oval 2:10pm (ABC1TV,VFL Radio)

VFL 2nd Preliminary Final
Box Hill Hawks vs Williamstown at North Port Oval 2:10pm (ABC1TV,VFL Radio,3WBC)