The GWS Giants in NEAFL days. Picture: gwsgiants.com.au

The eastern reserves competition being named the Victorian Football League shows how Victoria-centric the sport as a whole remains.

The decision to name the new eastern states’ reserves competition the Victorian Football League is a slap in the face to the teams in both Queensland and New South Wales.


The social media teams from the GWS Giants, Gold Coast Suns, Brisbane Lions and Sydney Swans showed with their subtle jabs the frustration at the Victorian centric attitude remaining with this name.

On this week’s edition of The Press Box, presented by The Inner Sanctum, the boys vented their frustration in ‘Pass or Farce’.

“Victorian-centric AFL farce, come on guys, come to the party and realise we’re a national competition and if you’re going to make a hybrid reserves competition on the east coast and it’s not all in Victoria, it’s no longer the Victorian Football League,” Sam Tugwell said.

“If you have one team in as a guest team then that’s understandable, if you have more than three or four, you’re kidding yourselves.

“Have a look at yourselves, AFL.”

Co-host Jase Kemp echoed the sentiments of Tugwell.

“If you wanted any more proof that Victoria is the AFL, it’s right here on a platter for you,” he said.

“You can’t introduce interstate teams and then call yourselves the Victorian Football League, it just doesn’t make any sense at all.”

The clubs involved are: Aspley, Coburg, Frankston, Northern Bullants, Port Melbourne, Southport, Werribee, Williamstown, Brisbane Lions, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Footscray, Geelong Cats, Gold Coast Suns, GWS Giants, North Melbourne, Richmond, Sydney Swans, Sandringham, Box Hill Hawks and Casey Demons.

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