Yeah MegaA I picked the anomoly up as well.It could end up framing the shape of the "top four" with 4 teams getting an extra home match.
Blackrocker Im way too old to worry about the thought police anymore!
I think we all saw it fellas, but in the current climate what choice is there? To be honest I'm just basking in the miracle that there's gonna be a season at all! Thanks to the good graces of Cricket Australia, and Scomo's desire to reboot the country, we're gonna see some footy! Bring it on!!!
Bring it on, sweet VFA !!!!
Bring it on indeed!
We all need to make the most of this season as it will be the last year of this comp as we know it. Its likely our clubs will be gone next year, either pushed into affiliations or playing in different leagues. We dont know yet what the AFL has planned but it can be taken as Gospel that whatever ever they do it will be a dollars and cents decision and what works best for the the AFL's bottom line.
Im 99% sure I will be watching local footy next year - the options presented so far have no appeal to me and I wont be supporting the "Peninsula Sharks" as has been mentioned for the Dolphins/ Stingrays amalgamation if it comes to that.
So Im going to enjoy it this year - hopefully get to see all the games and watch the Dolphins play finals footy.
Bearsman, I don't think you are wrong, but gee I hope you are. Hopefully somebody with brains at the AFL recognises the need for a state league as a pathway for those that have missed through the draft. If not, it will put Victorian kids at a distinct disadvantage in comparison to those in SA and WA.
Like you, I won't follow a team that's not called the Frankston Dolphins. History and tradition matter, and I've followed this club since I was 10. I'm gonna be gutted if this is the end of the once mighty VFA. Hopefully we can catch up for a chat during one of the games this season, before it's too late.
AJ, my biggest fear is that the AFL will decide that the second tier comp should be a development league for the AFL. They want to amalgamate NAB and VFL clubs then affiliate that entity with an AFL club, effectively becoming their reserves. The competition wouldnt be about winning flags, and club culture etc, it would be about preparing individuals to play for an AFL club.
As I see it, it would just a bigger version of the mess we have now.
Couldn't agree more Bearsman. As I'm sure any Frankston supporter can attest to, there is very little pleasure in watching a team who are doing nothing more than being a feeder to AFL clubs. Simon Goosey attempted it, and while I admire his good intentions at the time, I truly believe it brought the club to its' knees. Was that reflected in memberships or attendances? Maybe, maybe not, but I know that during those years I never heard the Dolphins spoken about less within local footy circles. Supporters want to see a similar list turn out each year. For us the game is all about tribe, loyalty.....turn us into a draftee mill and what reason do we have to follow the "team"?
The club was on its knees when Simon Goosey arrived, he put a truckload of effort into trying to rebuild it. Because it had a small budget, he targeted promising young players who were hungry to get drafted and weren't chasing $$. It wasn't trying to be a feeder club, it was trying to get the best young talent on board and help them develop.
Yeah Paul, I didn't mean to insinuate that Goosey brought the club to its' knees. Yes we had been in significant strife from 2008 onwards. At the time I was in agreement with his ideas, thought it was at least worth a shot. I'm just trying to say that through it we learnt that to save and or build the identity of a club with supporters it wasn't great to see blokes show promise and then be gone the next year - either to the AFL (preferable) or worse, back to their local club because they didn't get drafted. If Bearsman is right and the entire competition is headed to be nothing but feeder clubs, then what we have loved to watch over the years is over. Not one former VFA club will survive it in the long run. Look what alignment has done to a once powerful club at Sandy.....the new model will be far less palatable for supporters than an alignment.
Spoke to Simon Goosey a few times when he was coach. Top bloke. Was hard for him with a very limited budget. The best Dolphin team in the last 20 years was with Brett Lovett who just fell short after Williamstown's Callum Urch dribbles through a late a goal cost them dearly. The dolphins could have easily made it through to the GF. This year with a short seven week season before finals it will give the dolphins a chance for some wins and a chance to sneak into top four like most sides. Werribee look like the team hardest to beat. Patiently waited for the VFL fixtures to come out so I can start working games to go to. some With Conor McKenna getting tested positive plus the steady spikes in Victoria I just hope that the August 1 start to the season is not delayed in any way.
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