VFL to become 'Eastern AFL' in 2021?

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banzai

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Also with list cuts potentially happening we may not have the players to make up a team. Ie if lists go down to say 38 that leaves only 16 outside best 22, you get injuries even less playing in a reserve team.

I think it’s a case of us making the money we do have last as long as possible. Going all in on the AFL & AFLW teams. It’s disappointing for sure.
Its disappointing but if lists are cut to 38 over the next few years then its hard to see the point of a VFL team anyway. Most AFL teams by midyear have atleast 7-8 players out injured. Then if the VFL play before the AFL side or the team is traveling then they hold players over or take extra interstate. It would leave many teams with only 5 or so AFL players playing a lot of weeks. So without clubs having alignments it will be difficult to get it to work.
 
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The Victorian

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The VFL & NEAFL will combine into one Second-Tier Competition that will sit alongside the SANFL and the WAFL in 2021.

AFL Clubs based in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria will be provided with flexibility to determine the form of their involvement in Second-Tier Football in 2021 with three options available to each of those Clubs:

  • Field a standalone team
  • Align with an existing Second-Tier Club
  • Spread their AFL-listed players across multiple Second-Tier Clubs.
The AFL today confirmed there will be no license fee payable by AFL Clubs to participate in the 2021 VFL & East Coast Competition and that it will continue to work with standalone VFL and NEAFL Clubs on their potential involvement in the competition. The AFL will continue to work with AFL Clubs participating in the SANFL and WAFL and those competitions ahead of their respective 2021 seasons.

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Bomberboyokay

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meant to be the most powerful club in the league with 100,000 members yet still cant afford a VFL or VFLW side..

I guess that fine last week didnt help but you cant cure stupidity
Still dont understand it when they have the most members in the league. What are they wasting their money on?

If one of the richest clubs in the league cant field their own reserves side, who can?

There will not be enough VFL clubs for those AFL clubs wanting an alignment I reckon...
Most Richmond members are paying for a fridge magnet, not a season's worth of tickets.
 

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meant to be the most powerful club in the league with 100,000 members yet still cant afford a VFL or VFLW side..

I guess that fine last week didnt help but you cant cure stupidity
So the reigning premier is not fronting up?

Hasn't the Tiges made $3m profits several years in a row?

AFL clubs treat the VFL with contempt.

Play when it suits and expect to be accommodated.
 

eth-dog

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In business its called having a clear focus..... maybe Richmond have been so successful over the last 5 years because they haven't worried about AFLW or VFL....
Actually I'd say their attitude to the VFL has been the opposite and has definitely contributed to their success.
 

Dogs till i die

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In business its called having a clear focus..... maybe Richmond have been so successful over the last 5 years because they haven't worried about AFLW or VFL....
Well when a business outsources some control of its "assets" (players) it loses some control of its business.

Several VFL alignments have failed because one or both parties have been in conflict over the control or use of the AFL listed players playing in the aligned club's VFL team.

Such conflicts would be distracting for both and bang goes your "focus" you are hoping for.

I dont think its a coincidence that both the Dogs and Tigers have both won AFL premierships upon forming stand alone VFL teams. Both have also won VFL premierships in the year of their AFL flags.
 

MRobbo

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Former Richmond AFL player Jake Batchelor named new coach of Sandringham

Announcement of new state league delayed until AFL GF

I understand it will be a 16 round competition beginning on Anzac Day weekend
 

The Victorian

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Former Richmond AFL player Jake Batchelor named new coach of Sandringham

Announcement of new state league delayed until AFL GF

I understand it will be a 16 round competition beginning on Anzac Day weekend
hmm interestingly looks like you wont play each team.
 

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MRobbo

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In Victoria games can not start before April 23 as cricket has grounds until April 18 in a state government deal

All Victorian Stand Alone clubs have been maintained including Northern Bullants "Preston" Return
 

MRobbo

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Clubs have been sent licenses to sign off
I understand Southport, Aspley and Sydney Uni maybe the old NEAFL clubs to sign on obvious with Lions,Swans,Giants and Suns
 

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If someone closes their border again at some point next season, the comp will be effd. IMO, until covid is declared officially over, the VFL should remain in Victoria, and the NEAFL should be reinstated for the northern states.

If the new comp begins and in may someone closes their border, it disrupts everyone. Its better to solidify each comp to guaratee a resolution of the season, and begin the new one in 2022.

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MRobbo

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I am hearing at least 1 AFL Club (Richmond) that will use NAB League players as top up players and will not have a full time coach as they will rotate assistant coaches during the season.

Also my understanding that these NAB League players will not train with club/s just turn up on match day
 

Derby103

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I am hearing at least 1 AFL Club (Richmond) that will use NAB League players as top up players and will not have a full time coach as they will rotate assistant coaches during the season.

Also my understanding that these NAB League players will not train with club/s just turn up on match day

I wondered how they were planning to make it an even bigger farce than it has been since 2000.
 

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