Port Melbourne was the biggest club in the VFA in its halcyon days of the 70's and 80's, with Fred Cook kicking a thousand goals during a stellar career. I remember those three flags in a row - 1980 to 1982 with guys like Buster Harland, David 'Sammy' Holt, Billy Swan, Vic Aanensen, Steven Allender, Graham Anderson and coach Gary Brice.
Willy went to 2nd division for a while before they returned to the top flight in the mid 1980's and won the 1986 premiership, then came from 40 points down to win the 1990 flag (after Billy Swan with his stumpy legs kicking a goal from 50m to win the game).
Interestingly this will be the first time Willy and Port have played off for a grand final since 1964. Between 1954 and 1956, Willy beat Port in three consecutive grand finals. In the five grand finals they've played - Willy has won 4 and Port one.
Of course in the late 70's and through the 1980's we use to have the half time 400m race run by the VAL, initially known as the Dandy Dollar Dash and then the Wards Express 400m, and the Nike 400m.
John Gibney and Peter Bothe won big money when they won it in the late 70's. Graham West won it in 1984, in controversial circumstances, having run inside the flag and knocking Daryl Henderson over. I remember Glen Chapman won it in 1986 after winning the Stawell Gift. Jamie Cartwright won in the late 80's.
Pity a list of winners was not recorded, it was a great series. Running in the stinking mud at Brunswick wouldn't have been much fun. I remember lining up at Williamstown and my hands were freezing in the surface water that was up to my wrists as I got down on the start. It was about 8 degrees and the Willy sea breeze was bloody freezing! Still it was great times at those VFA grounds running the 400m. Pity it never continued....