Portfolio AFL - National Expansion (Part II)

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SeanyDogs13

In the Kennel
Sep 25, 2017
81
108
Wyndham Vale, Victoria
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Liverpool & Adelaide Strikers
JUST A HEADS UP, THIS A CONTINUATION OF PART I, THE GUERNSEY DESIGNS FOR THE 18 OTHER AFL CLUBS REMAIN THE SAME, AS I WILL BE DOING A FULL UPDATE IN PART III WHICH IS SET IN 2040, SO SORRY TO DISAPPOINT A FEW PEOPLE THERE.

The 90's, the 1900's are gone, and A new millennium is upon the AFL. After "successfully" expanding the competition greatly nationwide in 1996, and 3 years of drastic change post Oakley-era, The AFL, and the 18 clubs thought the troublesome mid 90's were behind them, but how wrong they were. After the NEIP disbanded in 2001, and control of the expansion of the league was handed back to the AFL, the in fighting began. In 2003, a cash strapped Footscray began selling home games to Canberra, and the clubs quickly wanted to send the Bulldogs to Canberra permantley. At the same time Hawthorn sold games to Launceston, and several of the Hawks rivals wanted to ship them south. The West Coast Eagles looked to buy-out the Western Falcons' ground share agreement at the WACA, thus forcing the Falcons to have no home ground. And Carlton began moving game to the Gold Coast. In 2004 all clubs submitted suggestions to the league about it's expansion, with most of the clubs voting the dogs, hawks and blues interstate, Sturt to leave their merger partner Norwood and the Western Falcons to be folded.

Round 1 2005, saw what many would describe as the worst scenes in football history. With 6 out of 9 games achieving crowds of less than 25,000, as fans seemed to boycott games. Things got worse in Round 6 when both Carlton and Hawthorn elected to forfeit their game against each other, when that was denied, a 90 minute kick-to-kick from both sides, sent a message to the AFL. With threats of no crowds, and no clubs willing to play, new AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou had no choice but to reform the NEIP immediately. Round 7 2006, went back to normal, large crowds and no threats of boycotts, and the NEIP began to re-stablise the competition.

The NEIP blocked the Dogs,Hawks and Blues from their interstate home games after 2006, and over the next 2 1/2 years the leagues in-fighting had stopped, and the AFL began it's plans to expand in 2011 and 2012. And here they are the 6 new teams to join the AFL.
 

SeanyDogs13

In the Kennel
Sep 25, 2017
81
108
Wyndham Vale, Victoria
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Liverpool & Adelaide Strikers
ANNOUCING QUEENSLAND'S NEWEST AFL TEAM..... GOLD COAST SHARKS
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When the NEIP looked into giving Queensland's 2nd team, they saw potential in the party capital. And following the inclusion of Port, Norwood-Sturt and the Western Falcons, an established state level club was selected to represent the Gold Coast. The decision was easy and Southport were granted the AFL's 19th licence. The Sharks dropped the Southport name and made the move to the newly redeveloped Metricon Stadium at Carrara. The club was heavily favoured with favourable draft selections, and secured the golden signature of 2009 Brownlow Medallist Gary Ablett to join on over $1.3 million a season over 5 years. The list stacked with "recycled" AFL talent including Jared Harbrow, Nathan Bock and Campbell Brown aswell as talented youngsters Tom Lynch, Charlie Dixon, David Swallow and Sam Day. The "Goldies" look to overturn the "Gold Coast Curse" on sporting teams, and there is every chance that the Sharks could claim a maiden AFL Premiership within it's first 10 years.
 

SeanyDogs13

In the Kennel
Sep 25, 2017
81
108
Wyndham Vale, Victoria
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Liverpool & Adelaide Strikers
HEAR THAT SOUND? IT'S COMING FROM THE WEST.... INTRODUCING THE GWS GIANTS
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Western Sydney is rugby league turf, but the AFL gave the region a team, and Sydney's 2nd. The Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants, much like their northern neighbours were gifted draft selections, and with coaching legend Kevin Sheedy guiding these young men, the Giants' future looks bright. With recruits Dean Brogan, Luke Power, Callan Ward and Phil Davis linking up with young guns Jonathon Patton, Jeremy Cameron, Toby Greene and Nick Haynes, GWS look good, and many can't wait for their debut in 2012.
 

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SeanyDogs13

In the Kennel
Sep 25, 2017
81
108
Wyndham Vale, Victoria
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Liverpool & Adelaide Strikers
UP NEXT FROM THE APPLE AISLE.... THE TASMANIA TITANS
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After years of Fitzroy, North Melbourne and Hawthorn playing games in Tasmania, Tassie finally got it's own AFL team, the Titans. The team went out and recruited some native talent including captain Jack Riewoldt and vice captain Grant Birchall. The Titans wanted to unite the whole state, with both Hobart and Launceston hosting games, split evenly between them. Tasmania got their own AFL team after years of asking, and years of watching Victorian teams play here, now the small island has their chance of claiming the Premiership Cup.

I HAVE USED THE LOGO AND A SIMILAR GUERNSEY DESIGN THAT Fizzler used in his "What If the VFL,WAFL and SANFL merged in 1983" portfolio, and here is the link to that folio https://www.bigfooty.com/forum/threads/what-if-the-vfl-wafl-and-sanfl-merged-in-1983.1189640/
 

SeanyDogs13

In the Kennel
Sep 25, 2017
81
108
Wyndham Vale, Victoria
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Liverpool & Adelaide Strikers
UP NEXT FROM THE NATION'S CAPITAL......THE CANBERRA CAPITALS
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Can it really be a national competition if there's no team in the capital city. The Canberra Capitals were born as the 22nd AFL team, and Manuka Oval got regular football. The club was headed by former Essendon coach Matthew Knights and young Taylor Walker, as a whole host of ACT and Southern NSW talent had increased chances of being drafted. Joining the club is Canberra born players Cameron Mooney, Jason Tutt and and a young Josh Bruce. The Capitals look to firmly put Canberra on the map.

This design is the same I used in a previous portfolio, and I thought "If it aint broke, why fix it"
 

Fizzler

BBTB
Dec 26, 2013
10,708
11,646
Melbourne
AFL Club
Port Adelaide
Other Teams
BOLTS, REN, OKC, WFC, LVB, STORM
UP NEXT FROM THE APPLE AISLE.... THE TASMANIA TITANSView attachment 983920After years of Fitzroy, North Melbourne and Hawthorn playing games in Tasmania, Tassie finally got it's own AFL team, the Titans. The team went out and recruited some native talent including captain Jack Riewoldt and vice captain Grant Birchall. The Titans wanted to unite the whole state, with both Hobart and Launceston hosting games, split evenly between them. Tasmania got their own AFL team after years of asking, and years of watching Victorian teams play here, now the small island has their chance of claiming the Premiership Cup.

I HAVE USED THE LOGO AND A SIMILAR GUERNSEY DESIGN THAT Fizzler used in his "What If the VFL,WAFL and SANFL merged in 1983" portfolio, and here is the link to that folio https://www.bigfooty.com/forum/threads/what-if-the-vfl-wafl-and-sanfl-merged-in-1983.1189640/
Glad you liked the logo enough to use it, I found that it was a really nice mix between being reminiscent of the map logo while also being fresh enough to work for a club. I scrolled down the thread and thought "Hey, that's my logo! Let's gooo" but I am appreciative of the credit as I feel collaboration and inspiration are important on this board. Loving the portfolio so far too, great work and can't wait to see how part three unfolds too!
 

SeanyDogs13

In the Kennel
Sep 25, 2017
81
108
Wyndham Vale, Victoria
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Liverpool & Adelaide Strikers
COMING UP NEXT IS SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S NEWEST TEAM..... THE NORTH ADELAIDE ROOSTERS
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I don't why this has happened, but South Australia love causing controversy in the AFL. After the SANFL won a fourth AFL licence, there was no real choice on who was to enter the league. For the sake of originality North Adelaide won the right to join, and the rest is history. Led by former North Melbourne coach Dean Laidley and former Rising Star winner Jared Rivers as captain, the Roosters were vocal on bringing back former players back home. Players like Mark Jamar, Matthew Campbell and Shane Edwards returned home, and the Norths grew their fanbase to include Northern South Australia, and the Chooks look like they may cause some issues in the AFL.
 

SeanyDogs13

In the Kennel
Sep 25, 2017
81
108
Wyndham Vale, Victoria
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Liverpool & Adelaide Strikers
AND THE LAST OF THE EXPANSION, FOR NOW....... SUUUUUUUUUUUUBIACO
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Many football fans believed when Fitzroy merged with North Melbourne, the Lions name would never return to the AFL, however fans were shocked when the WAFC won a fourth licence and gave it to Subiaco, who lost out on joining in 13 years earlier. The AFL's 22nd team enlisted its WAFL Coach scott Watters to lead the Lions and swooped former Eagle and Subi youngster Mark Nicoski to be Captain. Much like North Adelaide, Subiaco called out to former Lions to return home, including Premiership Eagles Tyson Stenglein and Chad Fletcher , Premiership Bear Des Headland switched from Freo, aswell as team-mate Antoni Grover. The Lions even convinced a 34 year old former eagle, power and docker star Jared Schofield out of retirement. The Lions were very successful in driving up it's membership, and surprisingly they gained a few thousand members in Melbourne.... maybe some old Fitzroy supporters who never fully accepted their merger. Regardless Subiaco look to eventually become kings of the AFL jungle, and there's a good chance the Lions could win a flag in the near future.
 

SeanyDogs13

In the Kennel
Sep 25, 2017
81
108
Wyndham Vale, Victoria
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Liverpool & Adelaide Strikers
Seasons 2011 & 2012, saw the AFL expand for the first time since 1996. Tasmania and Gold Coast joined 2011, and both had mixed fortunes in their debut games. Tassie faced Norwood-Sturt at Football Park infront of 48,000, and were handed a 58 point loss, The Goldies played the Western Falcons at the Gabba as Carrara wasn't ready for Round 1. The Sharks infront of 27,000 beat the Falcons by 4 points. The two sides faced each other in Round 7 at Metricon and played out a 73-all draw, after Jack Riewoldt goaled with 15 seconds left. Both sides found themselves at the bottom of the table at seasons end, with the Sharks in 20th and Tassie in 22nd, claiming the wooden spoon.

In 2012 GWS, Subiaco, Canberra and North Adelaide debuted. All 4 lost their first games, and officially the AFL had 22 teams. The Four teams also joined the 2011 teams in the bottom 8 of 2012. The first ever "Sydney Derby" was won by the Swans by 88 points, and North Adelaide and Subiaco joined their Showdown and Derby series'. At the end of the 2012 season, the NEIP and the AFL Announced that 2 further teams would join in 2018, capping the league at 24 teams. As it stands 10 teams are from Victoria, 4 from both South & Western Australia, 2 each from New South Wales and Queensland, 1 each from Tasmania and the A.C.T .

WELL PART II IS DONE, IT'S A SHORT ONE, BUT THE FINALE PART III (AFL 2040), WILL SEE A RETURN OF THE 18 CLUBS FROM PART I, THE SIX HERE IN PART II AND THE TWO NEW TEAMS. THIER WILL BE A BRIEF UPDATE ON THE LANDSCAPE OF THE LEAGUE AND WHERE THE PREMIERSHIP CUP HAS MOVED TO, SO THANKS ONCE AGAIN, HOPE YOUR ENJOYING IT, AND STAYED TUNED FOR ENDGAME.... I MEAN PART III.
 

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