I must have been looking at different games Burra !!
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Whats the go with Weribee ? They seem to be going very much under the radar, no sign of any support here or on other social media platforms. Some people were stating that they were in a good position to put together a strong side - at $34 it doesn't appear that they will be making a great impact. I'm hoping for the sake of the league that they can get some good support going at their club and also be competitive.
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I think it wlll take a few weeks before we can see how the VFL shapes as there are way too many unknown variables with new teams like Werribee and North Melb and the form of AFL seconds teams that is always hard to pick.
Plus witth no development teams sides will be all over the place trying to cover injuries with some players not up to VFL standard.
Very hard to predict how Werribee will go,they've been advertising for support extensively on radio and in print lately and going stand alone they might gather some local support considering the Wyndham area has about half a million people in it.
No doubt theirsupport base dwindled in the recent past and the Werribee list itself was pretty thin,without AFL listed players you"d think they'll struggle,doesn't look like they've recruited very aggressively either.
They did beat Williamstown in a praccy match on Saturday for what its worth,and remember Mega when Port went stand alone after North Melbourne they won the wooden spoon,its a hard gig as they'll soon find out.
Werribee have got an established culture, leadership group, coach etc and have excellent top-end talent in Gribble, Collins, Moloney, Sodomaco and Hanson along with a good crew of support players with VFL experience. They should definitly be competitive this year.
I read where Porter has returned which will give them a focal point in attack,one thing for sure they now have the best facility in the comp,it was damn good before but its great now.
Trouble CGull great facilities dont win you any matches good players do.
Right from their early VFA days Werribee were a big disappointment and I dont see that changing any time soon.
They always had one of the smallest supporter bases as well with many locals following local teams in preference to the Tigers/Bees? A bit similar to the Frankston scenario.
Better than Port ??? Surely not !!!
I believe the AFL pitched in millions to upgrade Werribees ground - which makes you question - was it worth it considering that they already had great facilities and considering that this money could have been spent on the developmeant league. According to reports the development league cost a million to run anually, 11 million has been spent at Werribee. If I was the decision maker I know where i'd rather priorotise funds.
From a footy perspective Werribee's facilities were poor and outdated, same for the spectators apart from the social club set-up (which was very good), so I think an upgrade was a really good idea if they are going to be a footy hub for the area.
The talk about the devt league costing $1 mill was a furphy, because most of that money came from the clubs, and AFL Vic is still giving them the same annual grant amount. The actual saving to the AFL Vic would be a lot less than that.
I've still to see the actual reasoning for getting rid of the VFL reserves explained, whether it was just saving a couple of hundred grand or something else.
One explanation I heard was the AFL clubs started complaining about their VFL licence fee so the AFL Vic reduced it and scrapped the devt league as a way to cover the shortfall. Who knows?
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