Agree Sam that here is usually no perfect Draw but this one has got plenty of holes in it as per the example u gave about "travel" for the Wagga Clubs.
Another hole is when u look at the Draw for WAC 1st Grade they don't play their first match at the UNI until Round 6 (May 15) and in fact only have 2 HOME Games in the first half of the Comp. Very Odd and definitely not ideal for them considering they didn't play any games last year
So obviously the Clubs didn't want to be split - I get that but the Draw itself is a Dog's Breakfast as far as most local footy comps run on a usual Home & Away format so that they usually get to see their Team play at home on their HOMEGROUND
usually each fortnight.
So looking at the recently released Draw we have the following scenarios for each 1st Grade team in the first 5 Rounds
of the Competition
Albury - 2Home, 2 Away & 1 Bye
Griffith- 2 H, 2 A & 1 Bye
Leeton- 3 H, 1A & 1 Bye
Reddies- 3 H, 1 A & 1 Bye
Tumut- 3 H, 1 A & 1 Bye
City- 2 H, 2 A & 1 Bye
Waratahs - 1 H, 3 Away ( 1 of these against City at Conolly) & 1 BYE
WAC- 4 Away & 1 Bye
How is that Draw in the first 5 Rounds fair to Ag College - as Athol alluded to they only get 2 home Games in the first Round of the Comp
If either Albury, Leeton, Griffith or Tumut had got that Draw there would be Hell to play !!
Yes its great everyone is back playing hopefully a normal Comp again but it has been compromised in the case of what Ag College have been assigned
Simply - it's a bit of a Joke and at least some Clubs should be asked to swap with Ag College to even up things a bit early in the Competition