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VFL clubs say they’re ‘hopeful’ of getting a season up

VFL clubs say they’re ‘hopeful’ of getting a season up

It’s been a long waiting game for VFL clubs but, after meeting with the AFL, they say they’re doing everything they can to get on the ground this year.

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May 23, 2020 3:00pm

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VFL clubs remain hopeful of getting a season underway, but say they’re looking for a “road map’’ to push things forward.

Representatives from eight clubs – Box Hill, Casey, Coburg, Frankston, Port Melbourne, Sandringham, Werribee, Williamstown – spoke to the AFL on Friday about the prospect of play in 2020.

They were encouraged by Cricket Victoria’s decision to allow AFL Victoria to fixture football finals in the first three weeks of October.

The clubs released a statement today saying the AFL and other sporting bodies continued to talk with the State Government and medical authorities to “explore the potential for a full return to train and a return to play plan for the VFL’’.

“VFL clubs continue to ensure alignment with the advice of the State Government, and in the event of a further easing of restrictions, remain hopeful of a return to play in 2020,’’ the statement said.

Williamstown’s Jaylon Thorpe.

Williamstown’s Jaylon Thorpe.

“There is a clear understanding at all levels — government, league and clubs — of the need to advise the players, staff and community of a ‘road map’ for a return to playing sport.

“While there is no set time frame for the State Government to deliver this information, there is a focus to provide this as soon as possible.’’

But the clubs said while the State Government regulations were a key component of the VFL or VFL W season starting, other issues needed to be resolved.

They included:

 

 

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■ FINANCING the competition in the absence of crowds.

■ HEALTH protocols to ensure the safety of players and club staff and volunteers.

■ INSURANCE for the players.

The clubs said they were addressing them with the AFL.

“Certainly, yesterday’s announcement from AFL Victoria and Cricket Victoria confirming the ability to extend a football season into October 2020, is a positive outcome for this purpose,’’ the statement said.

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“In the interim, each club is determining their own approach to when they decide to bring players back to training from the target date of June 1, given the individual positions in respect to ground availability, staffing and costs.’’

If the VFL season does kick off it will be without the teams from AFL clubs Collingwood, Carlton, Essendon, Geelong, North Melbourne, the Western Bulldogs and Richmond.

It’s understood some clubs have also sounded players about playing without payment, as is happening in the SANFL this year.

Coburg GM Sebastian Spagnuolo said whichever it went, the VFL clubs believed they had done everything they could to get a season going.

Robbo

After the government announcements today I am more confident a season can be played this year

 

probably need to start by July 18/19 or July 25/26 weekend which is around 7-8 weeks away.

 

by then hopefully clubs could have 500-1000 in the ground depending on its size. I think that could work.

comeng
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I must admit I have been enjoying there being no football. The current format of the VFL since the removal of the reserves has seen me lose interest.  I don't think I'll be back if there is a season this year.  I'll see what next year brings. 

As for watching the AFL without crowds, well I think watching grass grow or paint dry is more interesting. 

vfa
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Afl without crowds will turn people away from the idiot box. Afl with fake crowd noises and cardboard cutouts NO THANKS. That would rate in the my kitchen stinks and all other reality garbage. I would rather watch a stalemate in a game of chess or cement hardening. Need some local footy to watch live !!!

vfa
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Spectators is what makes our game. Cries of ball, sledging opposition players, cheering a great mark, a bump, a tackle, a goal. Players also enjoy the noise and banter. Without this not compelling viewing. Of course the first few weeks you will find it will be watched on tv especially your own team. After a few weeks interest will drop off and if they start putting fake crowd noises and cardboard cutouts it will be a laughing stock and afl will cop a severe backlash and revolt. Not sure when and if you will get spectators at afl this year. Local and vfl hopefully season will start sometime in July and we can watch and have a few beers a few weeks later. Fingers crossed.

Robbo

With WAFL starting on August 1 and the impending announcement of SANFL starting possibly as early as June 26. It gives confidence that VFL could start around July 18 possibly with crowds by then (although could be limited). 

Bearsman
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The AFL is certainly taking their sweet time dealing with this seasons VFL. Hopefully the AFL is sorted now with the night Grand Final being announced soon and they can put a time frame on the VFL. 

MegaA
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Comeng my Port Melbourne Brother, i thought a few months back you said that you didnt like having the AFL sides involved in our competition.  I would have thought not having them involved would once again attract you to the club but detract!

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vfa
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You would think there should be some sort of direction and dates for 2020.
Maybe by next week we should know something ???
The old VFA clubs are desperate for some footy action.
Us die hard VFA fans Mega just want to enjoy the good days which seems like what we enjoyed light years ago.
Have a pre game ale at a local pub. Venture down to the ground. Listen to the coach in the huddles. Go to the social club for a drink after the game. Ah the good old days. Can a see a flickering light somewhere in the tunnel ? Hopefully we can also have our Annual Puffing Billy Footy Day sometime in August if everything falls into place. Here's hoping !!!

billythekid

Yes vfa it will be interesting if the old VFA clubs can get going in some form and for old VFA fanatics like me it will truly be a blast from the past.

Im looking forward to being able to attend not to far into the future hopfully by finals time.I might go and watch some matches from outside the fence.LOL

MegaA
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Your right VFA, all those things that you mention definitely ad to the uniquiness and appeal of the VFA which the AFL can't compete with. A very special competition that doesn't get the attention both by the public and the media that it deserves.

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