Robbo, what were the few kick counts for the Port v Frankston game?
* It's time to restore the VFA name.
Frees were Port Melbourne 19-18
From what the stats say and from what I saw at the game it was hardly one sided umpiring. As for umpires favouring Port Melbourne at Northport, they didn't seem to favour us in 2019 when a free kick for a very soft tackle v Carlton was paid, a free kick that saw them win the game.
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Wouldn't expect you to see anything one sided MegaA.....nothing to see here, of course. And I'm not blaming the umpiring for our loss either. To let Port off the canvas like that is a pathetic lack of maturity and killer instinct from our blokes.
It's not just Frankston it's any mediocre club which at the moment let's face it, we both are. We are at the stage where our best is as good as anyone else's but our best doesn't come out to play on a consistent basis as we are not that good. We only slightly beat Werribee after dominating the first half we were 40 points up without Werribee scoring a goal yet we only won by a mere 3 points- we nearly choked, it's not just Frankston, all sides who are not that great play in patches. Frankston and Port are not too far off being very good sides but a fair bit of the clubs short term future will be determined by their end of season player retention and recruiting. I think Port could play finals next year if we recruit perhaps 4 real top quality players and retain the bulk of this side.
Seems to me Port have a more even spread of talent than Frankston. We have four guns, Duman, Fordham, Newman and Mynott who do most of the heavy lifting and then the talent falls away. Same as Port, if we add 3 or 4 key players to the current side we could be a top four side. On the other hand, should we lose 2 or 3 of the guns we will be bottom four. Not many of the young guys have made a lot of progress this year except for Voss, O'Leary and McLaughlin who all stepped up. Florent has only played a few games and looks like a good prospect for 2023.
The problem is, with the system heavily against the stand alones, if we can find the 3 or 4 we need, and can afford them, how are we going to fit them all into the very skinny salary cap? Unless the AFL offer some help it ain't gonna happen. At the end of the day, the AFL doesnt want to see the VFA clubs beating the AFL reserves and affiliates, so I cant imagine them doing much to even up the playing field.
Hopefully when Gilligan abdicates the new CEO will have a better attitude towards the VFL.
Can't see increasing the salary cap being of any benefit to those clubs that have no money !
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"Hopefully when Gilligan abdicates the new CEO will have a better attitude towards the VFL."
Don't hold your breath Bearsman the AFL will always favour it own over the Old VFA sides.
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