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Outlook bleak for Frankston

From The Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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FRANKSTON faces an uphill battle to get its season back on track after being beaten by 47 points by the Northern Bullants at Visy Park yesterday.

The stand-alone Dolphins are in a precarious position on and off the field: winless after four rounds, second-last on the VFL ladder and fighting to stay afloat financially, according to club president John Barry.

Frankston may fold as AFL funds dry up

From the Sunday Age
Reported by Brent Diamond

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THE financially stricken Frankston Football Club is in danger of folding amid increasing uncertainty surrounding the AFL's budget for AFL Victoria in 2010 and beyond.

The Dolphins, who receive $140,000 annually from AFL Victoria, are not guaranteed the same amount next season and say they can't foresee their future beyond this season.


From Inside Football magazine
Reported by Paul Amy
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Frankston coach Shannon Grant is expecting good things from recruit Shane McDonald this season. From Bonbeach, where he was a best and fairest and Mornington Peninsula league team-of-the-year selection, McDonald showed some sparkle for Collingwood’s VFL team last season.

Frankston win keeps finals hopes alive

From the ABC Grandstand website
Reported by Chris Thompson

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Frankston caused a boilover in the second half of Round 15 today, defeating the previously red-hot Port Melbourne by 26 points in front of a big home crowd at Frankston Oval to keep their finals hopes alive.

Going in against the form team of the competition, the Dolphins needed to come out firing and from the opening bounce it was clear they were intent on doing just that - looking like a team with a point to prove, attacking the ball harder than their opposition as they dominated all over the ground.

But for all their good work, it looked like they would be unable to take advantage of the ascendancy as they wasted a series of gettable chances to put on four behinds before the first goal came through Aaron Murray.

From the Sunday Age
Reported by Michael Sharkie

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FRANKSTON proved it is still a force to be reckoned with this season, upsetting highly fancied Port Melbourne by 26 points at Frankston Oval yesterday, in a clash of the VFL's stand-alone teams.

Having had agonising losses to premiership contenders Williamstown and Werribee in recent weeks, Frankston coach Brett Lovett was hellbent on beating Port, which would have taken top spot along with premiership favouritism with a win yesterday. Frankston won 13.14 (92) to 9.12 (66).

After a terrific first quarter, a trademark of the Dolphins' play this season, Frankston held a 30-point lead at the first change, an advantage that would ultimately prove beyond Port Melbourne's reach.

Fire destroys historic footy grandstand

From The Age

Reported by Larissa Ham, Frankston
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Police and firefighters are investigating a multi-million dollar fire that destroyed the historic Frankston Oval football grandstand and caused several million dollars in damage to what is set to be the new St Kilda AFL club base.

Members of the Victorian Football League club, known as the Dolphins, say they are devastated at the loss of what they call an "icon".

Bryan Mace, after whom the grandstand was named, said he was "pretty upset" after visiting the scene this morning.

Built in the 1930s, the grandstand is now crumpled and completely destroyed, the ruins still smouldering.

Frankston Football Club president Jay McGrath said the club would now consider whether to replace the building.

"What we need to do is work out exactly what we can do. We need to sit down with AFL Victoria and the local council to see what we can do."

Media Release - Facilities upgrade

21st November 2007


The Frankston Football club today happily joined the City of Frankston and the St Kilda Football Club in announcing the agreement to progress the move of St Kilda to Frankston Park.

As a stand-alone VFL club, Frankston sees a number of significant opportunities from the
co-tenancy with St Kilda.

The President of the Frankston Football Club, Jay McGrath said “We know that there are a number of compromises involved in sharing facilities, but from our discussions to date, we are confident that any difficulties will be worked through, and this will, at least in some part, be offset by improved facilities.”

Tough guy calls it quits

From Frankston Standard Leader
Reported by Simon McEvoy

FRANKSTON captain Ash Roberts has called a close to his marvellous VFL career. 

Roberts,  27, says it's time  for him to focus on other things.

``At this  level, footy has to   be your priority,'' he said last Friday.

``It has to  be  number one and number two on your list, but  with me it's become three and four and five, so it's not as important as it needs to be.''

 Roberts  is likely to join Southern league  club Chelsea Heights as assistant coach next season.

The right-footer played 138 senior games.

 Frankston coach Brett Lovett said he would be remembered as one of the most courageous players  to  wear the  Frankston jumper.

Roberts shared the best-and-fairest award with Mickey Ablett in 2003, the same season he was named in the VFL team of the year.