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Second year team, loads of injuries, a few junior AFL kids, top up players, AFL players on limited playing minutes and so on. They have had some good along the way too.
Not to mention some of our players this year would have rather been on amazing race or back home in Ireland. I think it's fair that Loaders gets another year to see what he can do.
 

The acurate one

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We have been shit for way too long in the 2s. We need something different

We are not going to go anywhere as a club if our VFL side isn’t succeeding. It is all connected

Our vfl results speak for themselves

We don't particularly care about winning games at VFL level! It's about player development, and some might say we haven't exactly knocked that out of the park.

We are starting to see some results with the likes of Zurhaar, Larkey, Daw, Ahern, I hope to see further improvement from Taylor, LDU, Scott, Hosie, Xerri & McKay in 2020. If peeps want to focus on wins at VFL level, they're probably going to be disappointed.

It's at days end a reserves competition.
 

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We don't particularly care about winning games at VFL level! It's about player development, and some might say we haven't exactly knocked that out of the park.

We are starting to see some results with the likes of Zurhaar, Larkey, Daw, Ahern, I hope to see further improvement from Taylor, LDU, Scott, Hosie, Xerri & McKay in 2020. If peeps want to focus on wins at VFL level, they're probably going to be disappointed.

It's at days end a reserves competition.
What you on about? The players in the VFL shouldn’t be focused on winning games? How else are they going to develop? That makes zero sense.

Good VFL form, confidence in players, competition for spots, increasing our depth, developing a winning culture and much more is so important to our AFL side including north as a whole

If you think you can have great development without winning or success, I don’t know what to say lol
 

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What you on about? The players in the VFL shouldn’t be focused on winning games? How else are they going to develop? That makes zero sense.

Good VFL form, confidence in players, competition for spots, increasing our depth, developing a winning culture and much more is so important to our AFL side including north as a whole

If you think you can have great development without winning or success, I don’t know what to say lol
Again, all of those things would probably have been achieved if not for the massive list of injuries we carried. So when the club is listing it's concerns, I sincerely doubt VFL wins registers at all when we have that many players missing. This is BF at it again, wanting to be outraged at a lack of success from a bare bones 2s side. Unfortunately you can't make strawberry jam with shit.

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What you on about? The players in the VFL shouldn’t be focused on winning games? How else are they going to develop? That makes zero sense.

Good VFL form, confidence in players, competition for spots, increasing our depth, developing a winning culture and much more is so important to our AFL side including north as a whole

If you think you can have great development without winning or success, I don’t know what to say lol
You might play say a Larkey for example every week at FF even though he's undersized and not able to compete against bigger bodies. A couple of years later and he's kicking 40 goals at VFL level. Another two years later he's playing well for North. Want a better FF at VFL level we'd have been better of with a mature aged guy from a bush League.

Larkey honed his craft at VFL level and North are now much better for it.
 

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Wasn’t a coincidence when we had VFL success and made finals in the 90s (and won them) it was one of our best eras in the AFL

It correlates for sure
Yeah but I think it works in a top down sort of way.

The success at VFL level comes from having good AFL level depth and players with lots of hunger and drive to play at AFL level.

If the VFL team has 12 players trying to break into the firsts every week its a different story to the firsts having 4 or 5 crucial players out with injury every week.
 

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Look at Richmond over the last 3 years
Seniors and Reserves flying
Is the success co related ?
I think it is
They’re all on the same page re game plan and developing players at the same time


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Completely agree. It’s not a coincidence

our VFL hasn’t been successful since mid 90s. That needs to change
 

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Yeah but I think it works in a top down sort of way.

The success at VFL level comes from having good AFL level depth and players with lots of hunger and drive to play at AFL level.

If the VFL team has 12 players trying to break into the firsts every week its a different story to the firsts having 4 or 5 crucial players out with injury every week.
Don't discount the fact that to win a flag you have to have a good run with injuries, and that also means you probably have good availability of your AFL listed players in the twos. Sure the lists are probably stronger around the fringes for the better teams but healthy matters too.
 

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Inject the following players into the VFL for hopefully most of next year injury free and it's a different looking beast:

Daw/Durdin/McKay
Jacobs/Anderson
Hayden
Tyson
Hall
B.Scott
Walker
EVW/McDonald/Williams/MacMillan
Bonar/LDU
Hosie/Wood
T.Murphy
T.McKenzie
C.Taylor/Turner

3 x fresh, injury free draftee's.


Incredible how many of those above have missed major %'s of full seasons over the last 2 years.


Campbell
Xerri
Daw/Durdin
McKay
Murphy
McKenzie
EVW
C.Taylor
Hosie
Wood
Bonar
B.Scott
Hayden
Walker
Tyson
Hall
McDonald

Is an example of a bloody strong side if we can somehow get our AFL injury list under control and get 15+ AFL listed players out there each week like the Dog's and Richmond have managed over the last couple of years, instead of having 5 or 6 spare fit AFL listed players.

It's an exponential flow on effect.

A midfield of Campbell, Tyson, Hall, Bonar, B.Scott, Walker, Hayden & McDonald would absolute brain the VFL if we had the injury list to compile it.
 

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Inject the following players into the VFL for hopefully most of next year injury free and it's a different looking beast:

Daw/Durdin/McKay
Jacobs/Anderson
Hayden
Tyson
Hall
B.Scott
Walker
EVW/McDonald/Williams/MacMillan
Bonar/LDU
Hosie/Wood
T.Murphy
T.McKenzie
C.Taylor/Turner

3 x fresh, injury free draftee's.


Incredible how many of those above have missed major %'s of full seasons over the last 2 years.


Campbell
Xerri
Daw/Durdin
McKay
Murphy
McKenzie
EVW
C.Taylor
Hosie
Wood
Bonar
B.Scott
Hayden
Walker
Tyson
Hall
McDonald

Is an example of a bloody strong side if we can somehow get our AFL injury list under control and get 15+ AFL listed players out there each week like the Dog's and Richmond have managed over the last couple of years, instead of having 5 or 6 spare fit AFL listed players.

It's an exponential flow on effect.

A midfield of Campbell, Tyson, Hall, Bonar, B.Scott, Walker, Hayden & McDonald would absolute brain the VFL if we had the injury list to compile it.
Great post pykie. That is an enviable list of players if they can get the kms in the legs this pre season and stay healthy. Really bullish about this group of U23s
 

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Chris Jansen has signed with Port Melbourne
And if Rippon is going back to Ballarat then our midfield just took a hammering
Jeepers, I hope we keep Nashy and Ty, my little mate will be gutted. Mind you, I reckon he likes the 'borough, so if CJ left I think it's the best of a bad lot. Good luck CJ, your mum gave me a funny look when I said you're a nice fella, but me and my little mate obviously know better than your mum 🙃
 

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Yeah but still, its still a part of the club and those 2 fellas in particular would be good examples, or at least good structure in a team made up possibly of junior AFL players. I get your point, but they are both good footballers, hard at it, hard workers and team players. Good examples and structure for a team with who knows how many new recruits
 

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Yeah but still, its still a part of the club and those 2 fellas in particular would be good examples, or at least good structure in a team made up possibly of junior AFL players. I get your point, but they are both good footballers, hard at it, hard workers and team players. Good examples and structure for a team with who knows how many new recruits
Meh, I'd rather 2 rookies played
 

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Wasn’t Jansen an assistant/development coach of the VFL side? Big loss if you ask me, he was fantastic on field. More influential than Whitecrosd from a leadership perspective.
 

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VFL clubs will have smaller lists but pools of 19-year-old players next year

A cut to the salary cap and father-son recruiting rule are just two of the changes being introduced to the VFL for next season.

Paul Amy, Caulfield Glen Eira Leader
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October 25, 2019 5:30pm

Smaller lists, a new father-son recruiting rule and development pools of 19-year-old players are among a string of changes coming to the VFL.

Stand-alone clubs can sign 40 players next year, down from 45 in 2019, as well as six over-age players from the NAB League.

By 2021 primary lists will be cut to 38 and by 2022 to 36.

The salary cap will also be reduced from $380,000 next year to $350,000 in 2022.

Within two years clubs will be required to pay at least 90 per cent of the payment ceiling.

The cap for AFL and AFL-aligned clubs will be $150,000 by 2022.

“These measures have been put in place to not only promote consistency across State League competitions but also competitive balance within,’’ a document sent to VFL clubs from the AFL this week stated.

Each clubs’ development squad of six players will have three players who can play only VFL (Category A) and three who can play in the VFL and NAB League (Category B).

At least one 19-year-old player must be selected in the team each week, in addition to the 23rd player.

Clubs can recruit the Category A 19-year-olds from anywhere but the Category B players must come from a region designated to each club (Box Hill Hawks, for example, has been linked with Eastern Ranges).

AFL talent officers will identify the Category B players.


Clubs believe the development squads have been introduced as a way of compensating for the scrapping of the Development League two years ago.

The AFL paper said: “The development list is designed to create a stronger connection between the NAB League and the VFL by ensuring an immediate pathway exists for younger players.’’

The AFL and AFL-aligned clubs could list between 24 and 30 players this year.

But that will come down to 22 next year and 20 by 2022. They will also have development squads.

Avondale Heights star Dinny Cleary, son of Coburg legend Phil, could be the first father-son listing in the VFL next year.

“The proposed changes in primary list sizes for all clubs are designed to be more reflective of the current talent pool that participates in the competition, the revised salary cap that will be in place and in line with the objective to create greater consistency across all State Leagues,’’ the AFL paper said.

All clubs will also be able to rookie list two players classified as NGA and AFL Category B rookies.

And a father-son rule will be introduced next year.

Clubs can list a player whose father played 100 VFL games, including combined tallies (for example, 50 at Box Hill Hawks and 50 at Hawthorn).

“This rule supersedes any zone restrictions that may be in place and the player/s selected under this mechanism must still be factored into the salary cap,’’ the AFL said.

But three clubs spoken to today said there should be more reward for having a father-son listing.

List changes will still be permitted during the season.

NAB LEAGUE-—VFL ALIGNMENTS

Bendigo Pioneers: Essendon VFL/Richmond VFL (NGA)

Calder Cannons: Coburg/Essendon VFL (NGA)

Dandenong Stingrays: Frankston/Sandringham (NGA), Casey (NGA)

Eastern Ranges: Box Hill Hawks

Geelong Falcons: Werribee/Geelong VFL

Gippsland Power: Casey/Box Hill VFL (NGA)

GWV Rebels: Footscray VFL, Geelong VFL

Murray Bushrangers: Richmond VFL

Northern Knights: Northern Blues

Oakleigh Chargers: Port Melbourne/Collingwood VFL (NGA)

Sandringham Dragons: Sandringham

Tasmania Devils: North Melbourne VFL (NGA)

Western Jets: Williamstown/North Melb VFL (NGA)/Footscray VFL (NGA)
 

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