VFL Round 20

Geelong vs Northern Blues at Simonds Stadium 11am
Collingwood vs Port Melbourne at Victoria Park 1pm
Essendon vs Richmond at Windy Hill 1pm
North Ballarat vs Coburg at Eureka Stadium 2pm
Sandringham vs Casey Scorpions at Trevor Barker Oval,Sandringham 2pm(VFL Live)
(Development League match starts at 11am)

Werribee vs Footscray at Avalon Airport Oval,Werribee 11:42am(Channel 7)
(Dev League)Northern Blues vs Coburg at Ikon Park,Carlton 12pm
Box Hill Hawks vs Williamstown at Box Hill 2pm(3WBC)
(Development League match starts at 11am)

VFL Bye: Frankston
Development League Byes: Frankston, Port Melbourne, Werribee

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Frankston on track for $1 million deficit

From Saturday Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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VFL cellar-dweller Frankston are on track to lose more than $1 million of revenue amid their first winless season, with their future in the competition now on tenterhooks.

After enduring a mass exodus of players and a change of coach at the end of last season, Dolphins general manager Simon Green predicts a million-dollar deficit — given the loss of gate takings and after-match functions — due to construction of a two-storey function centre mid-way through last year that is expected to be completed for next season.

"We've taken a massive hit because the construction site has taken up most of the car park, which has meant less patrons have come to games," Green said.

When up and running, the club are hopeful the $3.4 million facility will help them survive in the long-term as they reach out to AFL Victoria for financial assistance during the short-term pain.

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VFL Round 19

Essendon vs Footscray at Queen Elizabeth Oval,Bendigo 7:30pm
Collingwood vs Richmond at Victoria Park 10:16am (Channel 7 Delay 12pm)
Coburg vs Casey Scorpions at Piranha Park,Coburg 2pm
(Development League match starts at 11am)
Northern Blues vs Box Hill Hawks at Preston 2pm(3WBC)
(Development League match starts at 11am)
Port Melbourne vs Frankston at North Port Oval 2pm
(Development League match starts at 11am)
Williamstown vs Werribee at Burbank Oval,Williamstown 2pm
(Development League match starts at 11am)

Sandringham vs Geelong at Trevor Barker Oval,Sandringham 2pm(VFL Live,Casey Radio)

VFL Bye: North Ballarat
Development League Bye: Sandringham

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Roughead, Roberts to return via VFL

From the Western Bulldogs Official Website
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Key defenders Fletcher Roberts and Jordan Roughead will make their return from injury with Footscray on Saturday, named in the extended squad for the VFL side's Round 18 match at Victoria University Whitten Oval.

Roughead has missed the last three weeks with a foot injury, while Roberts has been sidelined since injury his ankle in the Club's Round 15 win over the Gold Coast Suns in Cairns.

The defensive pair will add significant experience to the Footscray back-six, and have been named to occupy key-posts in defence along with father-son defender Zaine Cordy.

The fourth placed Footscray (10-5) side take on Port Melbourne (6-9), with the standalone VFL side currently sitting just outside the top-eight in ninth position.

A win for Footscray could boost their claims for a top-two place on the VFL ladder, sitting one game behind Wiliamstown and Sandringham.

Footscray have named a squad that will feature 18 AFL-listed players. Father-son prospect Darcy Macpherson has again been named as the 23rd man.

After this weekend, just two rounds remain in the VFL home and away season, before finals beckon, commencing in the first weekend of September.

Saturday's Round 18 VFL between Footscray and Port Melbourne will be broadcast live on Channel 7, with coverage commencing from 12:00pm.

Footscray set for Port battle

From the Western Bulldogs Official Website
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Footscray will take on the ninth-placed Port Melbourne in what is a must-win match to keep the Borough’s final chances alive.

Bulldogs coach Ashley Hansen said that he expected a tough match with Port Melbourne fighting for a finals spot.

“We are expecting nothing less than the Port Melbourne Football Club we have known for the past decade.

“A really proud club with experienced players will always respond to the opportunity to stay in touch with the finals so we will be prepared for that.”

The Bulldogs welcome back senior vice-captain Jordan Roughead who has missed the last three weeks with a foot complaint.

Fletcher Roberts also returns from injury after a four-week layoff and both are expected to take on key defensive roles.

“For both Jordan and Fletcher our main aim for the weekend is to return to playing football and gain significant match fitness and game sense after being out with their respective injuries,” Hansen said.

“Both are valued members of the squad so tomorrow is an important step in their rehab and return for AFL selection in the coming weeks.”

Footscray posted a big result last weekend against the top ranked Williamstown, and Hansen said it’s important for his side to maintain that form and carry momentum.

“The focus each week for our players is to continue to build their games around the role they are assigned and collectively performing as one unit.

“The strength of our team is determined by our actions for one another so that mentality is really important that we sustain after last week.”

VFL Round 18

(Dev League)Coburg vs Port Melbourne at Piranha Park,Coburg 10am
Geelong vs Box Hill Hawks at Simonds Stadium 11am(3WBC)
Footscray vs Port Melbourne at Whitten Oval 12:12pm(Channel 7)
Collingwood vs North Ballarat at Victoria Park 1pm
Casey Scorpions vs Williamstown at Casey Fields 2pm
(Development League match starts at 11am)

Richmond vs Coburg at Punt Road 10:30am
Frankston vs Essendon at Frankston 2pm(Casey Radio)
(Development League Frankston vs Box Hill Hawks at 11am)
Northern Blues vs Sandringham at IKON Park,Carlton 2pm(VFL Live)
(Development League match starts at 11am)

VFL and Development League BYE: Werribee

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VFL Round 17

Collingwood vs Northern Blues at MCG 10:16am(AFL C/R-Channel 7 Delay 12pm)
(Development League)Williamstown vs Werribee at Burbank Oval,Williamstown 11am

Essendon vs Werribee at Windy Hill 12pm(VFL Live)
Sandringham vs Port Melbourne at Trevor Barker Oval,Sandringham 1pm
(Development League match starts at 10am)
North Ballarat vs Geelong at Eureka Stadium 1:30pm
Box Hill Hawks vs Casey Scorpions at Box Hill 2pm(3WBC)
(Development League match starts at 11am)
Frankston vs Coburg at Frankston 2pm
(Development League match starts at 11am)
Williamstown vs Footscray at Burbank Oval,Williamstown 2pm

VFL Bye: Richmond
Development League Bye: Northern Blues

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VFL Round 16

Box Hill Hawks vs Richmond at Box Hill 2pm(3WBC)
(Development League match Box Hill Hawks vs Northern Blues at 11am)
Port Melbourne vs Coburg at North Port Oval 2pm(VFL Live)
(Development League match starts at 11am)

Footscray vs Essendon at Whitten Oval 11:42am(Channel 7)
North Ballarat vs Northern Blues at Eureka Stadium 1:30pm
Casey Scorpions vs Werribee at Casey Fields 2pm(Casey Radio)
(Development League match starts at 11am)
Frankston vs Geelong at Frankston 2pm
(TAC Cup Dandenong Stingrays vs Sandringham Dragons at 11am)
Williamstown vs Collingwood at Burbank Oval,Williamstown 2pm

VFL Bye: Sandringham
Development League Byes:Frankston,Sandringham,Williamstown

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Coburg captain Nick Carnell takes localfooty.com.au through a typical week in the life of a VFL footballer


From www.localfooty.com.au
Reported by Nick Carnell
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EVER wondered what it’s like to play VFL football? We asked Coburg captain Nick Carnell to write a diary detailing a typical week.

Here is what he came back with.


WE HAVE just walked off Chirnside Park after a disappointing 55-point loss to Werribee.

Vice-captain Ben Clifton sums up the day: “one quarter of good footy doesn’t allow us to compete at this level”.

At our team meeting, coach Peter German is disappointed with the way we went about it as well. He highlights some keys statistics that let us down and some focus areas for our next match. Peter’s main message is we will continue to search for the right people as it is the only way we as a club will improve.

After the meeting, it is time to commence rehabilitating. Trainers, physiotherapist’s and our high performance team fill the room to ensure all players refuel their bodies and attend to any injuries. Our weights are taken to assess how much fluid we have lost throughout the game, which then outlines the amount of fluid we must replenish our bodies with over the next two hours. After this, foods with high proteins are supplied and players have ice baths and showers before after match presentations.

Monday, July 6

TRAINING is at Piranha Park and the list is broken up into three separate groups for a compulsory weights session.

The main focus for our recovery sessions is to get the body moving again and review the weekend’s match with the aim of continuing to develop as individuals and as a group. Our video edits have been are loaded on the computers in the ‘Learning Room’ and each player takes time to review their own game with their line coach. This is an opportunity for players to seek clarity on the area of their game they need to work on and for coaches to highlight any specific trends they may be finding in a players’ game.

A light running and skill session occupies 30 minutes of our training tonight, managed by the high performance team led by James McConnell. After this, it is back into the ice bath, before heading into our team review.

Peter is forever repeating that Monday night is the most important training session, as it is where we do the most of our learning. All 50 players attend to watch presentations from each senior line coach followed by a short presentation from Peter which includes several video edits.

Every fortnight, the leadership group meets.

These meetings provide an opportunity for the senior members of the team to plan and monitor the development of the playing group. We discuss the progress of each player, along with our alignment as a club with our team values. We also use this forum as opportunity to provide each member with 360 degree feedback about their leadership performance.

Tuesday, July 7

THE demands of playing VFL are becoming more ruthless. Competing against full-time athletes on a weekly basis, it is vital that all VFL players manage their time to progress their careers or studies at the same time as training to a high level. Tuesday night is a non-compulsory session, yet every player would be doing something to assist their football. Tonight I go for a light 4km run and do a weights session.

VFL Round 15

Geelong vs Essendon at Simonds Stadium 11am
Port Melbourne vs Williamstown at North Port Oval 12:12pm(Channel 7)
(Development League game starts at 9am)
Richmond vs Sandringham at Punt Road 1:30pm
Coburg vs Footscray at Piranha Park 2pm
North Ballarat vs Frankston at Eureka Stadium 2pm
(C/Raiser TAC Cup North Ballarat Rebels vs Queensland at 11am)

Collingwood vs Casey Scorpions at Victoria Park 12pm(Casey Radio)
(Dev League)Frankston vs Sandringham at Frankston 12pm
Werribee vs Box Hill Hawks at Avalon Airport Oval,Werribee 2pm(3WBC,VFL Live)
(Development League game starts at 11am

VFL Bye:Northern Blues
Development League Byes:Coburg,Casey Scorpions,Northern Blues

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