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Gary Ayres has labelled the VFL competition as "gearing towards an AFL full-alignment or partial-alignment reserves competition" amid AFL clubs compromising the competition by resting players on the eve of its finals series.

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott's decision to rest players in the final round could have major consequences for their partial affiliate Werribee in their elimination final against Collingwood at North Port Oval on Saturday.

The Tigers will field just four North Melbourne-listed players – Scott McMahon, Dan Currie, Eric Wallace and Kieran Harper – for their cut-throat clash against Collingwood, who will have 15 AFL-listed players.

Werribee were in contention for a top-four spot up until last week. They have opted to be fully aligned with North Melbourne next season, but perhaps along with that, throwing away their destiny.

VFL Finals Week 1

SATURDAY SEPTEMEBER 5
VFL 2nd Elimination Final
Collingwood vs Werribee at North Port Oval 12:10pm (Channel 7)

Development League Qualifying Final
Box Hill Hawks vs Williamstown at Box Hill 11am
VFL 1st Qualifying Final
Box Hill Hawks vs Footscray at Box Hill 2pm (3WBC)

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6
VFL 1st Elimination Final
Essendon vs Casey Scorpions at North Port Oval 11:40am (Channel 7)
Development League Elimination Final
Casey Scorpions vs Coburg at North Port Oval 2:40pm

VFL 2nd Qualifying Final
Sandringham vs Williamstown at Trevor Barker Oval,Sandringham 2pm (VFL Live)

VFL Round 20

SATURDAY AUGUST 29
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)

SUNDAY AUGUST 30
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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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.

VFL Round 19

FRIDAY AUGUST 21
Essendon vs Footscray at Queen Elizabeth Oval,Bendigo 7:30pm
SATURDAY AUGUST 22
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)

SUNDAY AUGUST 23
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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