Can’t find the result on this:
It was meant to conclude around 4:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Melbourne time [about 7:45 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. our time] but the major media are not covering it. That suggests we won it as they generally go coy if we have a victory. I did find this from comments on one site:
It does appear the Catters have snatched another one. Here was the 2002 version [not that you’re interested]:
I included that because many of those young players in that GFC team went on to become senior stars in future years. Here’s an article on it [pre-game]
Allow me to explain. When football began around 1858, one of the first world football clubs was Melbourne, followed by Geelong and someone else I can’t remember in 1859. That’s pretty old. Think English football followed that.
The body regulating the sport and formulating the rules was the VFA [Victorian Football Association], Victoria being the best state in Australia. Very quickly, dark navy with white trim was the Victorian colour scheme and you do see this colour combination all over the state and in its flag. Plus in the Victorian team:
[The pic is bad – it is actually navy.] Geelong also uses the combination in its uniform, so it flows naturally.
In 1897. a few clubs broke away because they were sick of the fascistic tendencies of the governing body [cf. today in any sporting code] and they formed their own competition, the VFL, a sort of superleague of the top clubs.
Over the years, the Big V became feared and detested in Australian football because of its arrogance and because it usually won. Victoria used to poach other states’ players because they paid more. So my heritage, if you like, is Yorkshire and Victoria, both arrogant counties/states and I am a city boy by upbringing. Back home again [I keep switching countries], I had a public school education so that didn’t help with the arrogance side of things although I never forgot my state primary school education to that point. That explains certain traits in my character.
When the VFL finally went national and became the AFL in 1987, sometime later the old VFA which had still gone on as a local club football league took over the name VFL, so the VFL today is all the oldest clubs minus the AFL teams – a fine tradition and one many supporters prefer as it is authentic, it is local club based and is almost a cult thing.
However, the top VFL team cannot really take on the top AFL team these days and this is shown in today’s Grand final of the VFL. Geelong was knocked out of the AFL finals this year a few weeks ago but they also run a VFL team as its reserves team. This mainly comprises all the new talent plus the old guys who can no longer cut it in the AFL plus a few others.
The debate over stand alone VFL teams, e.g. Port Melbourne, which seem to have always been around and are a very proud club indeed, a most formidable combination … and clubs like Geelong which run a VFL team as well as an AFL … has been raging for a long time. The stand alone clubs are more highly respected for it but the AFL clubs have those state of the art training facilities and access to the senior team’s medics, psychologists, specialist coaches etc.
At Geelong, the captain of the VFL team is the brother of the captain of the AFL team.
Anyway, Port Melbourne [coached by a great of the Hawthorn club who contest next week’s AFL Grand Final and incidentally, a man who coached Geelong too years ago – how incestuous is that], this Port Melbourne was up against our reserves team today. Seems like we snuck in and took that every five years flag again. So that’s nice from where I stand.
By the way, one disadvantage of not being a stand alone team is that if anyone in your reserves shows talent and form, he is immediately stolen by the seniors and that weakens your VFL side. Therefore, if you killed someone else last week, this next week your side could be depleted and you could lose equally as badly.
Finally found it, of all things, at the AFL.
It’s all a bit of fun.
Yep, we did it:
Note those words “in style”. Yo.