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So not a lot of interest on here re GF day. Congrats to Knox Mosman Colleagues and Petersham. Well done.
Isn't that just how it is now except for div 2?Hi Guys
I hope you are enjoying the off season. I found an interesting article on the abc in relation to AFL in Western Australian country towns. I really think the article could relate to any sport in Australia right now. Lack of players, Volunteers, and clubs struggling. I really hope 2019 is a big year for subbies. As plenty of punters have said its time to reduce the number of teams (Not clubs) in each division. Its not like 10 years ago where it was a punishment for a club to be dropped a division, now it is about surviving.
It really should be Div 1 - 4 senior teams and colts
Div 2/3 - 3 senior teams and colts
Div 4 - 3 teams
Div 5 - 2 teams
Div 6 - 1 team
Anyway here is the article on AFL in country Western Australia: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-...-afl-must-adapt-or-die/10196314?section=sport
Isn't that just how it is now except for div 2?
I think the biggest issue is probably div 3 and below. 2 teams from this year's div 3 are in reality probably div 5 clubs are far as numbers and at least 2 more struggle to field colts. I'd suggest colts probably has to go for div 3 and just leave it at 3 senior teams, allowing your stronger div 4 clubs to move up without that burden.
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If rugby can tap into local schools - PUBLIC SCHOOLS you toff bastards - then there is no reason Colts can't become the norm for clubs in any division.
I also think there is a missing link here in forming ties with the local rugby league community.
The base of the league pyramid is very broad, and the peak is high. Kids playing for the first or second XIII at certain schools are going to reach a point where they aren't on the pro path, and some tend to drift away from sport altogether.
Bring them across to union for a bit of fun and get them to hang around. Build your U16-U18 and then into Colts. They have excellent fitness and a lot of them love the challenge of union plus the changing nature of the space on offer.
Look at a kid like Jordan Mailata - was always going to be too big for a full time league contract, and rugby should have fucking snapped him up as a Wallaby lock or #8. Now he's in the NFL, making the first squad for Philidelphia. Amazing.
Any predictions? I will give coach of the year to the Blue mountains coach for getting them from 4th to Champions.
What about the head coach for Epping? They have done wonders with that club, and they are great to referee! (I won't tell you which games i have done at Sommerville this season.)