Posts Tagged "VfL"
Isn’t it a pity that the AFL doesn’t have the mechanisms, nor the desire, to listen to what the public wants?
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Growing up in the 1970s and 80s and following footy with a passion that would have been better directed at my school work, I used to cringe whenever I heard one of my ‘elders’ complain that the footy was better in their day.
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We’d seen off the Korean War and ‘Nam was yet to come, and in between we had our footy. Having had a look at the 70s, I thought that I’d keep going back in time to the lesser known era of the 1960s.
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There’s always some conjecture concerning the relative quality of the state leagues and players that changed leagues in the 70s and 80s when the VFL/SANFL/WAFL competitions enjoyed something of a monopoly in their respective states.
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It won’t be long before our footballers – avid followers of the NFL and NBA – will insist upon having their names adorned on their guernseys. It’s inevitable, and rightly so.
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It is now 15 years since the Fitzroy Lions Football Club merged with the Brisbane Bears in 1997. Many other changes have taken place in the AFL landscape in that time, but none could be considered quite so emotive an issue.
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One story from the Sydney Swans’ premiership side has stood out like no other football story. That was the journey of their ruckman Mike Pyke.
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The make up of the VFL/AFL alignments looks set for another shake up in season 2013. Already Essendon has announced their plans to cut ties with VFL affiliate, joining Collingwood and Geelong as AFL clubs with standalone sides in the VFL competition.
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The Port Adelaide Magpies were founded in 1870, winning 36 SANFL flags and one VFL/AFL premiership in 2004. They joined the AFL in 1997 after an unsuccessful attempt in 1990. This page is dedicated to the story behind the earlier attempt.
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Geelong has been applauded for its decision to dump rookie Jesse Stringer for an extended period.
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The year is 2005. I’m in Port Melbourne, at the local oval to be precise. For most South Australians, a football trip to Melbourne would involve watching two AFL teams at the MCG or Docklands. Not for me.
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Abusive comments made at sporting events are nothing new. Despite bodies such as the AFL educating fans on the perils of race-based comments, they still continue.
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The NRL clubs have called for the return of a true reserves competition, believing that the current system promoting the under-age competition at the expense of its reserve grade is damaging the game.
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Over several years of calamity and sordidness, Brendan Fevola has proven himself to be the fool of the AFL. Fevola has plummeted from the echelons of the game that sustained him and originally made him. Through nothing short of abominable behaviour and the perils of addiction, Fevola has lost it all.
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I’m a firm believer in second chances. Some may say that Brendan Fevola has had his fair share of chances, and they’d be correct.
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It began at the end of 1981 when the South Melbourne Football Club decided the best option for the debt ridden club was to play all 11 of their homes match in Sydney. Instant success followed in 1982 as the newly named ‘Sydney Swans’ won the night premiership.
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Focus all you like on the Gold Coast Suns, Greater Western Sydney Giants, Melbourne Storm and whoever else joins the NRL in its mooted expansion; the NRL and AFL have enough cash and invested interests to ensure they’ll survive and, eventually, flourish relative to their market, for they are too important to fail.
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So after 33 goals in his past five matches with the Casey Scorpions in the VFL, the media are now pondering whether Brendan Fevola will be given another chance to play in the AFL. The GWS Giants are one club reported to be circling.
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That old war horse, Keith Dunstan, is still at it. You can’t keep a good man down! Many of you probably don’t know who Dunstan is. I only know these two things about him.
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There was an interesting article by Caroline Wilson in The Age yesterday about the future of a number of VFL alignments. According to Wilson, Essendon are set to part ways with the Bendigo Bombers and establish a standalone reserves team.
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