I noticed an article in last week’s Leongatha Star written by Dean Cashin, a Director in the Alberton Football Netball League who discussed why some of the Alberton league clubs are not fielding junior football teams in 2016.
With comments of clubs continuing to work hard to recruit players I find it hard to understand why there was no mention of the State-wide changes made in 2016 by AFL and AFL Gippsland to enforce a two year age gap for junior football- now under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 teams.
This policy is well suited to the metropolitan area and larger country communities but our smaller towns need the three year age difference to find the numbers of players from our local schools to field teams.
The 2016 season has commenced with Tarwin not having any junior teams (Under 16 and 18), Allies and Foster without Under 18s and Toora without their Under 16 age group.
Again we have decisions that are made by a higher authority that affect our local communities and country football survival.
The Foster Football Club has reached its 125 year milestone as have some of our local neighbours, but when junior players are removed from your club, your future lifeline is in doubt.
Marilyn Flett, Foster
Grassroots at risk