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footyman
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VFL Grand Final - post-game thread
Firstly a crowd of 8,632 was disappointing, was a great atmosphere though, plenty of noise, really comfortable crowd for those who were there, but for the TV and the finances of the VFL perhaps Optus Oval will not be used again. The ground is magnificent, the grandstand has seating everywhere, there is good enough standing room, I can't understand why people don't like it. The third term cost Werribee badly, Poyas and Motlops dominance for Sandy was amazing. Werribee skills also let them down. Werribee, given how many poor players they had, to only lose by 9 points was a pretty good effort. Podsy wasn't right fitness wise, Rawlings was disgraceful for a bloke on the cash he is, Skipper was not imposing enough, generally the forward line was ordinary. Same thing has happened a few times, took them a long time to get the forward line right in Bendigo the other week as well. Blokes like Gleeson, Furfaro, Darcy and Closter missed out, probably not worthy of playing but still I wonder if with such a good VFL list at disposal they made the most of what they had? Not convinced that Atkins went about a few things in the right way, the delay coming out after half time was poor, they were 5 minutes late and in hindsight his "underdog" label possibly backfired cos he's reminding his players constantly that they were beaten by Sandy - why not talk his boys up a bit? Full credit to Sandringham, better skilled and more hungry. Poyas was great, Ward off half back provided so much drive, Motlop did his bit, Armstrong kicked a few goals, Williams was good, Warnock put his hanmd up down back, so did Biddlecombe who blanketed Rawlings. Anyone confused with the timing of the quarters, the last going for less than 28 minutes? I thought it would have gone for closer to 30. Do they shorten the quarters in the Grand Final, I believe the half time break is shortened. A good Grand Final, a worthy winner. Hopefully a few clubs are ready to challenge for the premiership in 2006.
footyman
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Forgot to mention injuries, Teghan Henderson's shoulder looked bad, I'm fairly sure he's had trouble with them in the past so hopefully nothing too bad there. Podsy came back and so did Liddell. Anyone notice any others?
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NorthPort
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I quite like Optus Oval as a venue, footy being played on the ground looks fantastic. The issue is crowd. It doesn't do the game justive when the ground is empty in certain sections. The crowd made a lot of noise, but the ground was less than a third full. Play that at Port Melbourne or a similar sized ground, and the atmosphere would be electric. You won't beat their facilities at any other current VFL venue.

 


* It's time to restore the VFA name.

mattyc
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The VFL - where you can get up close and personal in the huddles at the breaks..... from the grandstand. I understand OO may have an issue with the turf or the people getting off the ground, but when you go on the field all year and promise a different culture to the AFL only to not allow it in the grand final is poor form.
Robbo
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For anyone who went to Optus Oval today. The two times when the scoreboard were wrong. I was sitting in the Richard Pratt Stand and the 1st time it took about 3 minutes to get their attention and the 2nd time during the last quarter they didn't believe me or my mate it took about 10 minutes then they got the score right.
footyman
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[quote="mattyc"]The VFL - where you can get up close and personal in the huddles at the breaks..... from the grandstand. I understand OO may have an issue with the turf or the people getting off the ground, but when you go on the field all year and promise a different culture to the AFL only to not allow it in the grand final is poor form.[/quote] I laughed at that SMS you sent me. I sort of agree with you, the VFL is great cos we do get to mix with the players, hear the coaches etc. I guess there are two issues with the crowd on the ground today: - The time taken to get fans off with a big crowd. The breaks are 5 mins I think so you can double that if fans go on the field. - The risk to players - both having fans hassle them in the big game and also a possibility of people leaving things on the field. They are the reasons I can come up with. [quote:b5d14a5f2d="Robbo"] For anyone who went to Optus Oval today. The two times when the scoreboard were wrong. I was sitting in the Richard Pratt Stand and the 1st time it took about 3 minutes to get their attention and the 2nd time during the last quarter they didn't believe me or my mate it took about 10 minutes then they got the score right. [/quote] Ah that was you Robbo. Yeah I did notice the score was wrong a few times. Even showing 7.10.58!!! Don't know what they use at Optus but rarely a game goes by without some sort of error on that thing.
Robbo
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The 2nd time it got to a stage were my mate used a cardboard hot dog holder lying nearby and wrote the sandy score on it and showed them the score through the window and they still wouldn't believe us.
footyman
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You'd think they would have either the ABC TV in the scoreboard box or the radio commentary on SEN, ABC or 3AW.
Robbo
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[quote="footyman"]You'd think they would have either the ABC TV in the scoreboard box or the radio commentary on SEN, ABC or 3AW.[/quote] I agree but it is Carlton after all.
bcarbonaro
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[quote="Robbo"]For anyone who went to Optus Oval today. The two times when the scoreboard were wrong. I was sitting in the Richard Pratt Stand and the 1st time it took about 3 minutes to get their attention and the 2nd time during the last quarter they didn't believe me or my mate it took about 10 minutes then they got the score right.[/quote] Yeah, we were having a problem with it in the stats box. We keep out clock going on the stats computer, but always a few seconds ahead or out. Scores were a little out at one stage as well, we always keep three scores to avoid confusion one on the computer, yours truly in the record and running tally of all scores kicked.