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Different combinations since 2000
Different teams since the start of 2000. The following combinations of stand alone/alignmets and part alignments are as follows: Richmond Coburg/Richmond Coburg/Fitzroy Werribee/Footscray (part and full) Werribee/North Melbourne (part) Murray Kangaroos Port Melbourne/North Melbourne North Ballarat/North Melbourne (part) Tasmania/North Melbourne (part) Tasmania Port melbourne/Swans (part-as only a few swans players played at one time) Port Melbourne Sandringham/Melbourne Box Hill/Hawthorn Essendon Bendigo/Essendon Bendigo Diggers Geelong Collingwood Williamstown/Collingwood Williamstown/Footscray (part and full) St Kilda Springvale/St Kilda Casey/St Kilda Carlton Preston/Carlton North Ballarat Springvale Frankston That is 31 different combinations which includes Williamstown and Werribee who had both half and full alignment with the docs. There is are two teams that have not changed and that is Frankston and Geelong. This is in nine seasons. Amazing. More changes for 2009 with Sandringham and St Kilda and possibly Casey and Melbourne. Could be Craigieburn Tigers and maybe a return of Coburg/Fitzroy. Maybe North will be with Coburg and Werribee standalone. Who knows ??? One thing is for sure the dolphins and the borough will stand alone and good on them. They don't need afl and are both going well this season. Frankston could make the eight and Port could be a top four chance.
[b]Melbourne to shift catchment base to Casey [/b] Melbourne is expected to set up a new training base in the city's south-east, after announcing it will change its VFL alignment from Sandringham to Casey. The Demons and the Zebras have worked together for a decade, but Melbourne president Paul Gardiner says a deal is being finalised to move the club's base to the Casey region. Melbourne currently trains at Junction Oval, with the club's administration based at the MCG. St Kilda has agreed to change its affiliate club from the Scorpions to Sandringham in order to accommodate the move, and shore up the Bayside region for the Saints. [b]SOURCE: ABC News[/b]
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That will make it officially 33 different combinations since 2000.
And with all of that, the FRANKSTON Football Club is the ONLY constant.
All this chopping and changing cannot be good for the competition. The way I see it, the VFL is struggling to establish an identity, even though it's eight years since it was set up with the AFL reserves. Supporters must scratch their heads and wonder how clubs can jump from one partner to another. It does nothing to engender any sort of loyalty or diehard following among them. It's just a pity some of the alignments weren't more compatible from season one. Good luck to Port Melbourne and Frankston. I just wish my club was financially strong enough to go it alone.