The VAFA, with c. 11,000 adult male players, is easily the biggest in Australia. In rep matches, it usually defeats the next 2 strongest, non- VFL comps. in Vic., the Eastern Football League & the Victorian Country Football League.Ok, I'm not 100% with the relative football standards across the leagues but as a starting point I would suggest.
1. The state competitions hold their grand finals after the AFL GF.
2. The premiers would then play off to become champion team.
3. The WAFL, SANFL and a Victorian league. I say Victorian league because any AFL affiliated teams should be banned except maybe the NEAFL. Of course Tasmania should be represented as well. IMO, Tasmainia should have been in the NEAFL by now.
4. If Tasmania played off against the NEAFL then there would be four elite teams producing a champion over two weeks.
A VFL rep team, IMO, would easily beat a VAFA rep. team. I'm not sure how a VAFA rep. team would perform against a non-AFL linked VFL team eg Williamstown.
The TSL & Tas. GR AF, sadly, due to the damage inflicted on it by the VFL/AFL neglect, would not be competitive against the SANFL or AFL.
Are you saying only non-AFL affiliatd NEAFL teams should be in this end-of-year comp.? How strong would they be?
How many games would be played in this comp/its format? Short game round-robin?
The Foxtel Cup, pitting state teams, was not popular. A relevant guide? It would be great to trial another, end of season comp. Clear air of the AFL is CRUCIAL.