AUSTRALIAN REGIONAL NEWS: ‘I’d like to see them go home’: Australian team coach after loss to West Coast
AUSTRIA’S top-four finish has been marred by the worst performance by the Victorian Football League (VFL) team in a season, and it appears the players and coaches are angry about the state of the league.
The VFL’s top-six has now dropped to just one point out of a potential finals spot, with Melbourne and Geelong the two teams in the bottom half of the table.
Geelong’s loss to Collingwood was a blow for coach Mark Baguley and the VFL, which is struggling to get players to train in the week before the finals.
In the week leading up to the finals, the VFA is considering increasing the number of players needed to train each week, as well as introducing a four-week rule.
The Victorian Government is also considering making players eligible for a bonus, as is the case in the VPL.
The top-12 teams will meet for the final round of the VLF finals at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
The Kangaroos have won four games and have a 16-point lead over the top-three teams in a tight race, with a four point lead over second-placed Richmond.
The Geelong Cats and Western Bulldogs are the top two teams from each division, with Brisbane and Sydney both within two points of each other.
Geelhoef, who is a regular commentator on the ABC and has been a coach in the AFL since 2013, has previously said he wants the VLA to overhaul its coaching structure.
“It is a difficult situation for me to see,” he said.
“We’ve had a pretty bad year, with injuries and the lack of training in the last month or so.”
I don’t think it’s going to be a good year for us, and the coach will be very disappointed.
“The VFA has also been looking into the VLR’s training regime.