What's the best rule change the VFA/VFL has trialled or used?

The throw pass
0% (0 votes)
16 a side
21% (3 votes)
No mark kicking backwards in the defensive half
50% (7 votes)
Four field umpires
0% (0 votes)
Under 23 / 5th Interchange
29% (4 votes)
Other (please specify
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 14

Four field umpires will work VFL games in the first half of the 2016 season

From the Caulfield-Glen Eira Leader and localfooty.com.au
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FOUR field umpires will work VFL games this season in a possible forerunner to an extra official being brought in for AFL matches in 2017.

The four-umpire system will operate in the state league for one match per round in the first 10 rounds.

Clubs will be briefed about it at a VFL general managers’ meeting at AFL Victoria tomorrow.

The AFL has announced that four umpires will handle games in the split rounds of this year’s home-and-away fixture.

The system was tested in a handful of league matches last year.

“It’s a trial thing for us. The AFL have tried it. They’re continuing to have a look at it and may bring it in permanently in the near future,’’ VFL talent manager Cam Nash said today.

We’re just trying to be proactive and getting our guys used to it.

“We’ll do a game a week for the first 10 rounds, see how it goes and then reassess at the halfway mark.’’

Nash said the AFL hadn’t asked AFL Victoria to trial the extra umpire.

Practice Games (March 12)

Casey Scorpions vs Williamstown at Casey Fields DL 10am VFL 12:30pm
Northern Blues vs Box Hill Hawks at IKON Park VFL 10am DL 1pm
Essendon vs Geelong at True Value Solar Centre 12pm
North Ballarat vs Port Melbourne at Marty Busch Reserve,Sebastapol 1pm
Collingwood vs Footscray at Holden Centre 2pm
Frankston vs Sandringham at Frankston DL 11am VFL 2pm

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Dalgleish’s addition to ‘complement’ Footscray’s VFL set-up

From Leader Groups Local Footy
Reported by Luke D'Anello
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FOOTSCRAY coach Ashley Hansen says he plans to unleash Lauchlan Dalgleish in the VFL club’s midfield.

The 22-year-old former Essendon-listed player headlines five new signatures at the Dogs, who progressed to the semi-finals in 2015.

Dalgleish made three senior appearances during his three seasons with the Bombers, but was a key contributor for their VFL team as a defender.

“He’ll be a real asset and I think he has the flexibility to play across all three lines, which we need from our VFL-listed players and which we have a strong philosophy on,” Hansen said.

“He spent a fair bit of time at Essendon down back, but I think his primary role for us will be through the midfield, with his ability to connect inside 50 and use his athletic ability.

“I think he’ll complement what we’ve got already.

VFL Practice Match (March 6)

Collingwood vs Werribee at Holden Centre 1pm

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VFL Practice Match (February 27)

Frankston vs Burnie Dockers at Frankston 4pm

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Calder Cannons strengthen partnership with VFL side Coburg as TAC Cup graduates look to keep AFL dream alive

From localfooty.com.au
Reported by Chris Cavanagh and Tim Michell for the Moreland Leader
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CALDER Cannons talent manager Ian Kyte would always toe the company line.

He would tell TAC Cup graduates who were not drafted by AFL clubs their best option was to head to VFL side Coburg, a traditional pathway club.

But deep down, he did not always believe what he was saying.

“Before I would be recommending that was a place that kids continue their career but I’m not sure I believed it myself,” Kyte said.

After splitting from its alignment with Richmond at the end of the 2012 season, some suggested Coburg would not survive a year as a stand-alone club.

How things have changed.

The Lions have thrived under the leadership of general manager Craig Lees and coach Peter German and building stronger bridges with the Cannons has been crucial to their success.

At least 22 of Coburg’s 60 listed players this year will be Calder graduates.

“If you look back to when Germo and I first got there at the start of 2014 there was maybe five Cannons on the list,” Lees said.

“No one wanted to go there. It wasn’t a pathway. So we’ve done really well.”

By the end of the 2014 season, Lees and German had a story to sell.

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Pssst: The VFL team with Muslims and a Jew

From The Age
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Have you heard the one about the Jew and the Muslim? At Coburg it's no joke. Already a club with a reputation for promoting multiculturalism, the Lions took things one step further last week when they signed forward Jake Lew from amateur club AJAX.

Lew is Jewish, and is set to line up next year in perhaps the most ethnically diverse forward line ever assembled. Lew's signature follows that of former St Kilda goalsneak Ahmed Saad, a Muslim, who returns to state ranks to play alongside mates Danny Younan and Ozgur Uysal. Younan was born in Australia to a Lebanese mother and Syrian father, while Uysal is a Turk. The Lions' forward line also includes Lech Featherstone, who as detailed last year in Pssst, was named after a Polish union leader of the 1980s.

Footballer survives rare deadly superbug

From the SBS News website
Reported by Sarah Abo
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Doctors have been shocked by the survival of a young footballer who contracted a rare and deadly muscle-attacking bacteria.

A Victorian man is one of just seven people who have survived a rare superbug that’s believed to have struck only 21 people in the world.

Sam O’Sullivan not only defied those odds, but it’s also believed he is the only survivor to have escaped losing a limb after being infected with necrotising myositis – a fast-spreading infection that attacks the body’s muscles.

Mr O'Sullivan said he had flu-like symptoms for about a week, which culminated in being hospitalised for severe shin pain.

“They couldn’t really find out what was going on for another couple of days,” he told 3AW radio.

“My leg blew up and my foot stopped working. I lost sensation.”

He went into surgery for compartment syndrome, but it wasn’t until doctors had made an incision that they realised what they were dealing with.

“They opened my leg up and got the shock of their lives.”

Williamstown into first grand final since 2011 after win against Essendon

From The Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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Williamstown won through to their first grand final since 2011 after withstanding a gritty Essendon by 12 points in a pulsating preliminary final at North Port Oval on Sunday.
It sets up a tantalising grand final at Etihad Stadium on Sunday against the Box Hill Hawks; the team they lost to in last year's preliminary final — their seventh of the last nine prelimin finals — by seven points.

Certainly, the mental demons from that final had returned at three-quarter-time after the Seagulls gave up a 27-point lead from mid-way through the third term to trail the Bomber by five-points.

Seagulls coach Andy Collins, who said the win "means everything to the footy club", told his charges at the last change: "You've got to get the ball control back."
He threw opportunist goalkicker Sam Dunell and Cameron Lockwood behind the ball and - along with Ben Jolley, who had 14 of his 28 disposals in the final term, and defender Peter Faulks, who controlled the dangerous Kyle Hardingham – the Seagulls, with the week's break, outran the Bombers, winning 15.12 (102) to 12.18 (90).

Leigh Masters, a former Bendigo Bomber, kicked the opening two goals of the last term, before goals to Mitch Banner and Sam Critchley sealed the result.
Dunell said the week's break — after upsetting Sandringham in the qualifying final — was the difference with their part-time players needing extra time to recuperate.

"We knew we had the legs with a week's break, it's just great to see us run over the top," Dunell said..

"We've been planning for it [making a grand final] since October-November... all that hard work. It's just a great feeling," he said.
Williamstown, with seven players in this year's VFL team of the year, are the first stand-alone team to make a grand final since Port Melbourne, who beat the Seagulls, in 2011. They will be out to win their first flag since 2003 as Collins coaches against Box Hill, a team he is familiar with, having taken the club to finals in 2004-05 and being a former Hawthorn premiership player.