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VFL Round 17

SATURDAY JULY 30

Richmond vs Frankston at Punt Road 11am Collingwood vs Geelong at Victoria Park 12pm 
Footscray vs Box Hill Hawks at Whitten Oval 12pm(3WBC) Coburg vs Casey Scorpions at Piranha Park 2pm(VFL Radio) (Development League match starts at 11am) 

Port Melbourne vs North Ballarat at Frankston 2pm  (Late Change of venue) (Development League match Port Melbourne vs Frankston at 11am) 

SUNDAY JULY 31

Werribee vs Northern Blues at Avalon Airport Oval,Werribee 11:40am(Channel 7) (Development League match starts at 2:40pm)
Sandringham vs Williamstown at Trevor Barker Oval,Sandringham 2pm(Casey Radio) (Development League match starts at 11am) 

VFL Bye Essendon Development League Bye Box Hill Hawks

From the Sunday Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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Sandringham are "adamant" they will continue to field a development team next season, despite being set to sign a new deal with AFL affiliate St Kilda in the "coming weeks".

Zebras general manager John Mennie said, despite speculation, his team would not be swayed into dropping their development squad team, whereas some other clubs – including Coburg, Casey and Frankston – may look to do so. 

Saintly Zebra: St Kilda ruckman Jason Holmes in action for Sandringham.
Saintly Zebra: St Kilda ruckman Jason Holmes in action for Sandringham. Photo: Ken Irwin

Mennie firmly believes that negotiations with St Kilda have not included dropping their development team, which allows Sandringham increased depth in the case of injuries to Saints players. 

From www.localfooty.com.au
Reported by Paul Amy
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THE conditions were miserable. It was cold, a biting breeze blew to the Williamstown Rd end of North Port Oval, the ground was heavy with water and in some places thick with mud, and there was on-and-off rain.

VFL Round 16

SATURDAY JULY 23
Port Melbourne vs Williamstown at North Port Oval 2pm(VFL Live)
(Development League match at 11am)
Werribee vs North Ballarat at Avalon Airport Oval,Werribee 2pm
(Development League Werribee vs Box Hill Hawks at 11am)

SUNDAY JULY 24
Casey Scorpions vs Sandringham at Casey Fields 11:40am(Channel 7)
(Development League match at 2:40pm)
Box Hill Hawks vs Richmond at Punt Road 12:30pm(3WBC)
Geelong vs Essendon at Simonds Stadium 1pm
Northern Blues vs Footscray at IKON Park 2pm(Casey Radio)
(Development League Northern Blues vs Coburg 11am)

VFL Byes Coburg,Collingwood,Frankston
Development League Bye Frankston

From the Caulfield Glen Eira Leader
Reported by Paul Amy
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AT Port Melbourne, he was not just Frank Johnson. He was “the legendary Frank Johnson’’ or “the great Frank Johnson’’.

A champion ruckman who crossed the bridge from association to league football with ease late in his career, Johnson died yesterday at the age of 84.

In 2007 he was the first (and remains the only) VFA player to be inducted to the Australian football hame of fame.

Johnson was at Port from 1950-57, winning five best and fairests and the 1952 JJ Liston Trophy, playing in eight consecutive grand finals and the 1953 premiership team, and gaining selection in the 1953 and ‘56 All Australian sides.

He also coached the Borough in 1956-57.

Frank Johnson marking in the 1952 VFA grand final against Oakleigh.
Johnson then coached South Warrnambool in 1958-59 and the following year joined South Melbourne, which had coveted his signature for some years.

In his first season as a Swan he won the best and fairest at age 27, edging out Bobby Skilton. He stayed with South until 1964, notching 64 games.

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