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From the Herald Sun
Reported by Ben Higgins, News Corp Australia

FORMER Melbourne and Geelong defender Jared Rivers has been appointed Collingwood VFL coach.

The 2004 Rising Star winner only joined the Magpies coaching staff this year after retiring at the end of 2015 but will take over from Dale Tapping, who has joined Brisbane.

Rivers had previously held coaching roles at Xavier College and Geelong’s VFL team during his playing career while completing the AFLPA’s Next Coach Program.

While the 194-gamer admitted the rise to senior coach was earlier than expected he was looking forward to the challenge.

“Joining Collingwood 12 months ago was about immersing myself in coaching, working in a strong program, putting to use the things that I learned over my 13 years as a player and knowing whether it was for me or not,” Rivers told the club website.

“The answer came to me pretty quickly, actually. I loved the environment, the work of teaching the game and the collaborative nature of working with players, coaches and the dynamics at play in a high performance environment.

“To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to be coaching a team in my own right in my second year but I was very fortunate to work by Dale Tapping’s side this year and learn from some other fantastic football people in the Collingwood program.”

The Magpies’ AFL coach Nathan Buckley believed Rivers was a ready to be a success.

“Jared has been with us for 12 months and in that time has made a really strong impact with his football intellect and feel for coaching,” Buckley said.

“He knows our program, he is ready for the next stage of his development and has committed himself to coaching; to teaching the game and helping to develop players and great teams.”


Hawks announce VFL women's side

From the Hawthorn Football Club website
Full article - click here

Hill signs as coach of Women's VFL teamHawthorn's VFL affiliate, Box Hill, will have a women's team in 2017.

Hawthorn Football Club has announced an exciting step in their commitment to women’s football, announcing Box Hill Hawks will enter a team in the 2017 Swisse VFL Women’s competition.

The Box Hill Hawks VFL women’s team will provide a clear talent pathway for women in the eastern region and promote progression from junior through to elite level.

While the club made the considered decision not to lodge an application for an AFL Women’s team for 2017, Hawthorn Football Club CEO Stuart Fox said this was the next step in furthering the club’s current women’s strategy.

“This is an exciting announcement for the Hawthorn and Box Hill Football Clubs,” Fox said.

“Hawthorn is firmly committed to the development of women’s football, in particular ensuring an impact at grassroots level.

“Today’s announcement will allow female footballers in the eastern region a terrific pathway for their development and hopefully encourage females to play football from a junior age.

“We currently have affiliations with the Eastern Regions Youth Girls Academy, Prospect Hawks Youth Girls team in Tasmania and Big River Hawks women’s team in Katherine and the addition of a Box Hill Hawks VFL Women’s side will further our commitment to women’s football at grassroots and state level.

“It is an exciting time for our club and further extends our partnership with Box Hill Hawks.

“Our alignment with Box Hill has spanned over 16 years and it is fantastic that our relationship allows us the opportunity to have an immediate impact on women playing football at a grassroots level.”

Patrick Hill has been appointed the inaugural senior coach of the side and takes on the role after building an extensive coaching resume.

Whitehorse Colts players Ebony Nixon, Adriana Piva, and Bronte Bliston-Gourley pictured here with Chris Newman, Alastair Clarkson and Paddy Hill will attend the Talent ID Day at Waverley on 26 November.

Hill joined the Box Hill Hawks coaching staff in 2011 as an assistant coach of the premiership-winning development league team.

He was promoted to senior assistant of the senior team from 2012-2014, where he was a part two grand final appearances and one premiership.

Hill then took on the role of Senior Coach at Frankston Football Club where he has coached for the last two seasons.

The Hawks will host a Talent ID Day at Waverley Park on November 26 and Hill encouraged young women with a passion for football to register their interest.

Information regarding the Talent ID Day can be found here.

“This is a terrific opportunity for young women in the area to further their development and align themselves with a terrific club.

“I’m looking forward to assessing the talent and encourage all those interested to register by November 21.”

Box Hill has secured Rookie Me – the Official Talent ID Partner of the AFL – as the testing body for the Talent ID Day.

On behalf of Box Hill’s VFL Women’s Team, Rookie Me will gift every athlete participating in the trial day a free 12-month subscription to the Rookie Me online system.

Hawthorn becomes the second AFL club to announce an affiliate VFL Women’s side following Geelong’s announcement last month.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs


“The mood of the meeting was reasonably positive. There was only one creditor against the proposal,” he said.

It’s understood Tabcorp — owed for poker machine licences — was the sole objector.

Dolphins great and steering committee member Peter Geddes said supporters were delighted they could now focus on regaining the club’s licence so it could re-enter the VFL in 2018.

Mr Geddes thanked Worrells and Frankston Council for their support in getting agreement on the deal from creditors.

Official statement regarding Frankston

From the Official VFL website
AFL Victoria has advised Worrells, Administrators for the Frankston Football Club, that the club will not be provided with a VFL license for 2017.

This process has been formalised with a legal letter sent to the Administrators. 

The decision was made following deadlines provided by the Administrators and the report they tabled revealing substantial club debts which were far in excess of our previous understanding.

The Administrators were unable to provide AFL Victoria with sufficient confidence for the viability of the club in 2017, therefore not meeting criteria for the continuation of a VFL licence.

AFL Victoria CEO Steven Reaper said while the club has provided a pathway for a number of footballers to reach the elite level, and despite AFL Victoria providing significant funding support to Frankston over a number of years, the financial troubles of the club were too hard to ignore.

“Frankston has had a rich history of providing a pathway and opportunities for footballers in the region, but without the necessary off field structures in place, AFL Victoria was not confident financial projections provided could be met,” Reaper said.

 “We have a strong willingness to ensure that there is a VFL presence in the region into the future, but it must be viable and sustainable both on and off the field long term.

“We have had preliminary meetings with key regional stakeholders on what this can look like and are also engaging the City of Frankston and the AFL South East Commission about what the future can hold for both the facility and football in the region. 

“The region has been and will continue to be very important to us from a pathway and development perspective and we are hopeful that a solution that is both sustainable and viable can be considered going forward for a VFL presence potentially from 2018.

"This decision provides the region with more time to better plan a more sustainable VFL presence moving forward."


From the AFL website

Lin Jong had his 'good' left shoulder strapped instead of his injured right one

LIN JONG'S strategy of strapping his healthy shoulder, instead of the shoulder with a plate in it, helped the Western Bulldogs midfielder dominate the VFL Grand Final in a best on ground performance. 

2016 VFL Grand Final - Footscray Bulldogs v Casey Scorpians

Jong feared his season was over after breaking his collarbone just over a fortnight ago in the Dogs' elimination final against West Coast.

The 23-year-old was in tears on the bench as his side pulled off an upset victory. The club now finds itself in a Grand Final against the Sydney Swans on Saturday.

Back on the field just 16 days after surgery, Jong won the Norm Goss Medal for best afield in the VFL Grand Final as Footscray finished 31-point winners against the

 Casey Scorpions. Jong picked up 29 disposals – an equal team-high, with Koby Stevens. 

He had his left shoulder strapped in a ploy to avoid attention on the injured part of his body, with the right side the actual site of his injury.

"Maybe it was a bit of a plan. I think my left one is sore now though," he said on Sunday after the game.

The Scorpions ensured Jong did not have an easy day. Lynden Dunn tested the injury out after Jong hit the post with a set shot following the quarter-time siren, with the pair's clash sparking a melee. 

"That's fair enough though, that's the sport. I put my hand up to play and I knew what was coming," he said.

"The boys tested the collarbone out a bit but I got through unscathed." 

Jong said he was concerned about how he would hold up leading in to the game but was determined to play in the same manner he normally does, with the inside midfielder known for his toughness. 

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried (pre-game). That's natural, but once I got into it … it was no dramas," he said.

"I couldn't let the collarbone deter me from doing anything different so I tried to do that as best as I could."

He thought he would not return this year after hurting himself against the Eagles. 

"I assumed the worst and this is probably the best-case scenario with how it's turned out. I was probably carrying on a bit in Perth," he said.

His contract expires at the end of the season but Jong said that was of no concern to him at the moment.

"We've still got footy to play so I'm not worried about that at all," he said.

Jong said he had not considered the prospect of picking up two premiership medals in a week.

"I haven't thought that far ahead. I'm still celebrating and I'm pretty ecstatic at the moment with the VFL win," he said.