WHAT THE PUNTERS SAY ABOUT THE VFL
Firstly a great site and you are to be commended on it.
Just wanting to know more about Fred Cook is he the same fellow who won JJ Liston medal for sunshine in the 1970s and do you know where there is any footage talking about his story as I find his story interesting. Has he put out a book about his life and football as I can remember a older bloke telling me about him when he used to work for Adidas in the 1970s.
What are your views on Tasmania not having a side in the state of origin?
Quentin von Stieglitz
Your article (TV interview) today on ABC VFL Match coverage Port Melbourne vs Werribee, reference AFL clubs pulling the plug on the VFL was a credit and its about time some one questioned what is going on?. I find it quite amusing that the AFL Clubs believe that they wish to play their players in certain positions whereas the VFL clubs intention is to win etc. I find this bemusing prior,to the re creation of the VFL from the VFA did the previous VFL Reserves comp was not to win but develop; hardly not
South Australian and Western Australian clubs do not seem to have that problem??
Phill as in all stories there is always the conspiracy theory??? The AFL will endeavour to take control of the “aligned” reserves play for a year or so then state It is not giving our players the standard required to step up. The following year enter Sydney and Brisbane Reserves this will go for a year then we will hear, The AFL needs to enter the expanding markets and have 16 sides enter Cairns and along with Tasmania we now have the Eastern Australia Football division great T.V RATINGS AND CASH BONAZA
What will this do increase the viewing audience and lessen the participation rate in country football.
P.S At least the old VFA was certainly grass roots fair dinkum football
I watched your interview with Greg Swan & Peter Schwab on the VFL footy telecast and it prompted me to send you this email. It seems to me that the association between the AFL & VFL is largely controlled by the requirements of the AFL, For example, this season when the Northern Bullants played the Bendigo Bombers, the game was moved from the scheduled NAB Oval (Preston City Oval) to Princes Park/Optus Oval/MC Labour Park,(call it what you like). I believe the reason for this was that the AFL clubs involved thought that the condition of NAB Oval was to dangerous and some of there listed players may get hurt. Give me a break, the ground may not have been perfect,due to the drought but a lot better than the grounds that these players would have played on in their local footy. This must have cost the Bullants a packet in revenue, after all it lost a home game.
Phil, could you imagine when you played or coached, arriving to a ground where the centre square was all mud after a week of rain and telling the league that your team wouldn't play because of the conditions.I am a Carlton supporter (no longer a member) but I must say that I have re-discovered the VFL and am a Northern Bullants Member and thoroughly enjoy going to the VFL footy. To me it is much more relaxing, not to mention affordable. My son can have a kick in between quarters and I give him $20 for the day and that is sufficient to buy his lunch a snack and a couple of soft drinks during the game ($20 doesn't always last but its a great days entertainment and he has a ball).
It seems by all the talk that most VFL will struggle if they are not aligned with an AFL club and this is a shame. I have an idea that may help towards solving this problem, it would obviously need a lot deeper thought and organisation but in the general idea is as follows. All VFL clubs field Under 19 & Colts (Under 17) teams as the now AFL used to do years ago. They could even have a complete junior club from the youngest age group up. It could be run under the banner of the VFL but under the guidlines of a junior club where the players pay a membership and this will involve families and in turn the local community which will bring sponsorship into these clubs. All these families would in turn begin to barrack for the senior teams, come to games, spend some money at the canteen or over the bar and best of all have a great day.I have convinced friends to come to the VFL and every single one has enjoyed and been back. This is really not a "new" idea, I have been going to Adelaide for a number of years, with work, and have a drink with some clients of mine at the Glenelg Football Club, Where they are members and I believe that the SANFL clubs all have junior teams where they can develop junior football. Maybe this is why we get so many good players from South Australia.
I must disclose that my son plays for the Preston Bullants Junior Football Club. Our Home ground is NAB Oval, we wear the same colours as the Northern Bullants. My son and most of his teammates have become Northern Bullants supporters/ members since playing there and regularly all go to Northern Bullants games. Many of the parents are also at the home games for the Northern Bullants and I believe that this is because of the roll on effect, that they believe they are part of the Northern Bullants club.
I think that such a move would work well for the VFL community clubs and help these clubs survive and possibly recruit and develop their own players. I would appreciate your thoughts and if this is worth mentioning to anyone at the VFL.
I'm sure you didn't see that walloping coming, didn't you? But only 2,500
people turning up, despite the gold coin entry offer? Don't know about you,
but I would be beyond disappointed. It seems to me that there is very little
appreciation for the VFL amongst the Melbourne public.
I guess its easy for me to say that, being a South Australian and a keen
follower of the SANFL where crowds aren't always an issue because we only
have two AFL clubs. But seriously, the match between our leagues drew less
than that and it was some of the best football I've ever seen over any of my
chosen SANFL club Central District's grand final victories!
The VFL competition doesn't seem to be shown much respect, in my eyes. Do
the supporters need to be dragged away from the splendor of their cushy AFL
venues in the Dome and the 'G to have their eyes pried open to the wonderful
competition that exists under their noses? I would kill to be able to cross
the waters to Tassie for matches as well as travelling to almost every
corner of Victoria's interior for footy! Which is something that is lacking
in SANFL, aside from the odd country venue match.
As a backer of State League level football, I have steered relatively clear
of the AFL because of the near non-existent atmosphere at AAMI Stadium in
favour of the atmosphere a-plenty at the SANFL grounds. Although I must
admit, a group of fellow SANFL fans are looking to change that at Crows
games and we're succeeding.
Ah well, hope to hear from you and I'm already looking forward to SANFL vs.
VFL next year here in Adelaide.
State League football fanatic
Although I have watched every game I haven't seen you do the telecast.
What's the story?
My name is Warren Hall and a couple of weeks ago while listening to the VFL hour on radio station SEN1116 l heard Finey mention your interview with Fred Cook and the fact that there is some good footage of the VFA still around. He mentioned the possibility that highlights of games might be released on DVD. I emailed him for more info and he suggested to get in touch with you as he didn't know to much about it.He read something in your article in Inside Football.
Can you tell me if plans are afoot to release highlight packages or even complete finals games and if so where might they be available? I would love to see the Grand Finals of the 70's and early 80's.
I liked your interview with Fred Cook on ABC2 the other day. Fred seemed such a humble bloke.I just wished you could have asked him about his thoughts about the state of football today. However I guess the time factor catches up with you. I am from South Australia and I really do miss your commentary of the VFL, it was one of the highlights of the coverage. Anyway keep up the good work and all the best.
Hello Mr Cleary,
I'm very sorry to bother you. I read with interest in your website an
article about Eddie Melai (http://www.philcleary.com.au/vfl_2004_melai.htm),
who had passed away. You article had a photo of him in a Geelong jumper.
Are you able to tell me if the person in your article is the same Eddie
Melai who played 7 matches for South Melbourne in 1964? I know that
particular player played in the ruck for Dandenong and was a Geelong
reserves player, but your article made no mention of your Eddie Melai as a
VFL South Melbourne player.
I hope you have the time to answer my question and again I am very sorry to
bother you as I know you are very busy.
Thank you for your time and have a great day!