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Rnd 18 - Port V Devils
Port handed out the Devils a 20 goal belting, finishing the game with 29.19.(193) to 9.7.(61). Tasmania went into the game undermanned, after losing a couple to injury and Port lost Steven Lawrence for this game. Scott Howard came into Ports side for his senior debut. As the scores indicate, the game was pretty one-side. Tasmania kicked the first two goals of the game, but Port got back into the game to lead at quarter time 8.2 to 3.0. Jeremy Clayton was in brilliant form, kicking 3 goals early. The game continued to be lopsided, scoring 15.8 to 3.3 to half-time. The third quarter became a heated during stages with the Schwarze / Drury matchup creating some raised tensions. Tasmania kicked as many goals in the third as they had to half-time, but still trailed 23.14 to 6.5. With the result beyond doubt, the game finished with a 132 point win, which would have severely knocked the Devils confidence in the lead-up to the Finals. For Port, Jeremy Clayton finished with a 7 goal haul. Forwards David Pitt and Nick Gill kicked 5 and 4 goals respectively. Postives for the Borough were the solid debut from Scott Howard. Jeremy Clayton was brililant and is one of the most exciting players going around in the VFL. Nick Gill after being wayward early finished off with 4 goals, and led strongly a took a couple of great grabs. Josh Gibson had some great run out of defence, his running back into packs and attack on the ball were terrific. In the reserves, Williamstown were convincing winners over Port, finishing approximately 114 to 66. Williamstown's senior side had the bye, but I was unable to check if the Towners had many of their senior regular players in the side. Adrian Newman kicked his 50th Goal for the season for the Borough's in a game that Port stuggled to match Williamstown. After the game in the social rooms, Matthew Armstrong praised Ports effort, and said that going to the ground this morning, he considered the Devils a real chance to sneak away with the game.
footyman
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Thank you Port Melbourne.
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[quote="footyman"]Thank you Port Melbourne.[/quote] :D Not a fan of the Devils? Or making note of my hopelessly biased write-up?

 


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footyman
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[quote="onslaught"][quote:13f14b0e6b="footyman"]Thank you Port Melbourne.[/quote] :D Not a fan of the Devils? [/quote] I just don't want them 3rd or 4th. If they finish 5th or 6th then to me they have a right to a home final, and we'll see how they go from there. But to finish 4th and have the top side (who may win 3 or 4 more games) forced to travel down there to play a NIGHT final is unfair. If they win that, then they get a Bellerive Oval Preliminary final. And then they win that and walk into a Grand Final - without playing a final in Melbourne. I want a Grand Final played between the two best sides. Port Melbourne let their feelings be known in the media last week. Today, through their performance on field, they well and truly stuck it right up the Devils. Good on them. Jeremy Clayton kills it at VFL level, sounds like he was great today, do you reckon he might get a Kangaroos game soon?
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Yeah, how tough it must be for teams like Port Melbourne who can have 12 AFL list players in their teams during the finals whereas Tasmania will have none. Therefore, assuming the AFL recruitment people have half a brain, PM would have the best 12 players on the field in the match. The fact that Tasmania and North Ballarat are even in contention for a top four spot is a sad reflection on the quality of players on some AFL lists. If you can't win a final when you have the best 12 players in the game all on your side then where it is played is of no consequence. You have to laugh at the hypocrisy of Victorians who whinge like stuck pigs when a Victorian team might miss out on a Melbourne final in the VFL when at AFL level it is all perfectly fine thanks to the MCG contract and non-Victorians get called whingers and told they should be happy to play at "the home of football". Port Melbourne or any other club should be proud to play a final in front of 10,000 or more people in Tassie instead of two men and a dog at TEAC, shouldn't they?
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At the end of the day the VFL, is in fact an AFL reserves competition, the premiership goes to the team that is able to field the best AFL players. VFL players are moving interstate or to the suburban competition. Playing VFL/AFL reserves football in Tasmania is good for football. If supporters cannot get to Tassie, watch the game on T.V., and don't forget to support your team by wearing AFL approved clothing.
footyman
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[quote="Shamus"]At the end of the day the VFL, is in fact an AFL reserves competition, the premiership goes to the team that is able to field the best AFL players. VFL players are moving interstate or to the suburban competition. Playing VFL/AFL reserves football in Tasmania is good for football. If supporters cannot get to Tassie, watch the game on T.V., and don't forget to support your team by wearing AFL approved clothing.[/quote] The VFL is also the VICTORIAN Football League. Tasmania are lucky to be a part of the VFL competition. They are the ones who couldn't even sustain a State League of their own. And the Devils get good crowds - yeah sure. But they have no AFL side to go and watch every week and they have a supporter base of a whole state. In comparison, crowds at Victorian VFL venues are decent each week, especially given there are 10 AFL sides based here, and given the high numbers of suburban, amateur and country leagues who play each week that people support. You can argue the other way to what you say Shamus - aligned sides have less stability in team structure than Tasmania and Nth Ballarat. They also have more blokes playing "as a team", rather than looking at the VFL as a place they have to play footy. And my biggest question is - will the ABC show a York Park night final at 7pm on a Saturday? Highly unlikely. It must be a priority to show that Tasmanian game on TV in Victoria, surely it is more important than those TEAC Oval games.
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No chance of the York Park final being shown. The VFL escaped criticism last year because Geelong was playing in the final not shown back to Victoria. And their AFL side was also playing on the same day as the VFL final played in Tassie. It's true that the alligned clubs should and do have an advantage when it comes to selecting players, but the 12/10 rule will balance that out a bit this year. But stand alone clubs like Nth Ballarat and Tassie do have some advantages that come with being regional teams. They both seem have riches of financial support and in Tassie's case this helps them play an unbelievable 12 home games. I know Geelong and Springvale gave up their home games against Tassie but 12 out of 18 home matches should be some advantage. When sides travel to Tassie the poorer clubs are undermanned off the ground, the Bullants didn't even have a time keeper at the last game. Simply the finals should be based on merit and that includes the grand final. If Tasmainia play in a grand final and if they finished higher than there opponent then they should play the game in tassie.
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Footyman, you use the word "TEAM", very loosely when refering to VFL/AFL, aligned clubs, every week VFL players are pushed out of the "TEAM", to make way for AFL players. The media, apart from the ABC, is only interested in the performance of the AFL crocks. Tasmania is a football State that has produced some great AFL players, accordingly they should be encouraged to compete in the VFL for the development of future players from that State.
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[quote]Footyman, you use the word "TEAM", very loosely when refering to VFL/AFL, aligned clubs, every week VFL players are pushed out of the "TEAM", to make way for AFL players. The media, apart from the ABC, is only interested in the performance of the AFL crocks. Tasmania is a football State that has produced some great AFL players, accordingly they should be encouraged to compete in the VFL for the development of future players from that State.[/quote] I partially agree with your comments Shamus.. It is a concern that the only time the VFL seems to get a mention, is in relation to AFL players returning from injury, or dropped for disciplinary reasons. I think VFL supporters need to be a bit more pro-active in letting the media know that they want a balance to the coverage. VFL clubs that have opted for the alignment option do have a problem with sides becoming "loaded" with AFL players. I think this was more noticeable at the start of the year, but as VFL players put their hands up, they are forcing their way back into the Senior sides... perhaps not in the numbers that I would have hoped for though. However Shamus you do find quite a few AFL listed players in the VFL reserves, perhaps we need to see a few more (I'd love to see an 11/11 split at VFL senior level)? I think the team spirit is pretty good at a few VFL clubs.. There have been a couple of walkouts at aligned clubs this year, although you do get VFL players who reckon the alignment is great, so I guess it will always be a contentious one. From a personal view I would prefer to see the Borough become a stand-alone side once again, however I do realise the reality is that this is unlikley, and the form of Frankston over the past few years (and the Roosters last year) show how tough that really is.

 


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bullants
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Pretty much agree with Shamus about VFL media coverage being blunty reported as an AFL reserves competition. But this is a world wide problem that exists because the few who own the media have an ever increasing financial interest in contrlling sport. It started back in the mid to late 80's when any senior football outside of the AFL started to barely rate a mention in the media. This slowly killed off the VFA. For years the Herald Sun has been devoting whole pages to the TAC cup, quite simply because this competition prepares players for AFL football and isn't a threat to the financial stakeholders of AFL football. They don't do it because the football public has a major interest in the TAC cup.