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MegaA
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As i said earlier it's due to Northport being the VFL finals venue. Williamstown is too small a venue to host the Finals, Werribee is too far away. 

Northport oval is the home of VFL football and so it should be, best club to host VFL finals as they proved historically.

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Yeah nah, sorry MegaA, that's completely Port-centric. What is Werribee too far away from? Casey has hosted finals hasn't it? Werribee is a pretty good ground for footy, no reason they couldn't host a final.

MegaA
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If you want to bring in the crowds you need to keep it central, Werribee is on the outskirts of Melbourne, lacks parking and public transport. People will not travel there from the other side of town. The only final that Casey would have hosted would have been week 1 of the qualifying finals. Qualifying and grand finals are played away from Port , Port hosts the other games so that #7 can cover those games on t.v.

#7 prefers to cover games from one finals venue as they are covering VFL on both days of the weekend therefore it makes it easier for them logistically and Port being in the best position to host those games gets the nod over all others.

The alternative is to play it like you suggest, not many would like your idea as it would probably mean only one game covered for the weekend, fans would miss out on watching their team on the TV as well as 80k viewers missing out on watching VFL for both days. That's definitely not a great thing for the league. When you way up the pros and cons of playing VFL finals at one location I think it remains worthwhile to have finals at one venue.

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THE VFLS MOST SUCCESSFUL CLUB - THE MIGHTY PORT MELBOURNE BOROUGH!

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Welcome aboard aj9172. Great to see another old VFA supporter on site.
At least we all agree on one thing go the VFA teams on the weekend.
My first visit to Frankston was in 1978 and my old club I supported Northcote copped a hammering by over 20 goals.
Two of the best games I have seen at Frankston was in 2000 when the dolphins came from the clouds and beat Collingwood and the other was a few years back when I backed the dolphins to beat Richmond at $17.
The dolphins are on the right track and could improve a little next year with a few more wins. Probably the biggest improvement could be in 2021 when the debt is cleared and they can entice a few experienced players to help the kids there. They will also need to keep their list to have a stable playing group that can improve together as a team with more games under their belt. As for games at North port oval it is the central ground that is used for both weeks 2 and 3 regardless. For week one the VFL did state that the top two teams will be playing a home final so teams did know that. If you look at Port's win loss record in finals since 2000 would it fare better than other teams ? Not so sure about that. I might sit down and work out the win and loss ratio for each teams finals records played at Port. That would be an interesting stat.

aj9172
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I don't have much recollection of the Dragons I'm afraid VFA......I don't think the old man ever took me out there back in the day and by the time I was driving myself to away games in the late 80s they had packed it in yeah? That's a pity. I would have loved to see all teams play back when there were two thriving divisions in the VFA. I did however play 20 years of lawn bowls at Fairfield and I know a lot of our members were former Dragon supporters, most of whom now watch Northcote Park in the NFL.

I find it really hard to single out one game as my favourite at Frankston. The Collingwood one was great aside from the ghastly aqua jumpers, we did beat Sandy with a 9 goal last quarter during the Lovett years......and beating the Zebras in the rain at Beach Road is a fond memory. I regard those Lovett years as my favourite time  as a Frankston supporter, that team had real heart and played their bums off.

The current crop have surprised me. I saw the first game against Essendon and still maintain it's the worst Frankston performance I have ever witnessed. Their progression during the season is pretty remarkable given that. Maybe we only got the one win, but we pushed a number of good sides right to the end, both at home and away. As always, the trick is going to be retaining the group. All kinds of things have been tried in the past ten years, but this season the club actually made an effort to get the MPNFL clubs on board, and that's the only way to a sustainable VFL side for us in the current climate. We have a fantastic comp down here, and it's a bit sad right now to know that our interleague team would crush our VFL side. Hopefully over the coming seasons that gap can narrow. The lights look like being in place for next season and that presents the opportunity for double headers and Friday night games. Hopefully the club takes advantage.

paul

The reason Port get a home final is TV. In the first three weeks of the finals all games that are broadcast are played at North Port so Channel 7 only have to do the complete set-up once. 

The first week of the VFL finals it is the elimination finals that get broadcast, so that means Port. Had they finished 4th and not been on TV, they'd be playing away. 

aj9172
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Well, hopefully within a couple of years they’ll all be live streamed and it won’t be an issue.

MegaA
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I think for the benefit of the league we need to have the finals covered on tv rather than live streemed on the internet - we would lose a heap of viewers if live steemed and not on tv.

Geelong being the home side has asked and been granted Ports change rooms - pretty petty of them, nobody else playing against Port in 145 years has ever asked for Port to use the away rooms. Hope we smash them - hate them more than Williamstown, Collingwood and South Melbourne soccer club. ummm actually no I hate south more !

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THE VFLS MOST SUCCESSFUL CLUB - THE MIGHTY PORT MELBOURNE BOROUGH!

I'M PORT MELBURNE BORN, I'M PORT MELBOURNE BRED, I'LL BE PORT UNTIL I'M DEAD!!!

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Could be a physical game and the port crowd will no doubt be very vocal. The first week of vfl finals in future they could possibly televise a third game if there was a night game involved. Last year only televised two games in week one which was at punt road under lights. There is a bye in afl before finals so possibly the vfl could do three. I remember in early 2000s they crossed over and showed the last 20minutes of Frankston v coburg at beach road. 

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I will be doing the double on Saturday. I will watch Williamstown v Footscray at western oval then head straight to port for last quarter and a half of port v Geelong.

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