Originally written by Spectator-Observer Partnership
THERE are no plans to change the under-18 Western Border Football League competition at this stage, after a discussion at the league’s delegates meeting last Friday.
The meeting was held in Casterton and one of the major topics was a possible switch from an under-18 competition to an under-17 age level.
“It was discussed and all of the clubs had their say, there was some support from South Australia and some from Casterton, but it was just a discussion point, that is it,” league secretary Brian Hennessy said.
To change the age level a special meeting would have to be called or a motion put up at the annual general meeting later in the year.
No such call was made by any club and while it looks likely the topic will be again raised at the AGM, support will be hard to come by.
One issue that did gather plenty of support was a possible change of grand final dates.
A number of clubs would like to see the grand final changed from a Sunday to a Saturday this season.
“There was a bit of a suggestion about that, but it was withdrawn, not because of a lack of support, but the clubs realised it couldn’t be done this season.”
One move that has been generating some support from clubs is a reduction in the number of players in the reserves competition.
It was discussed at the meeting that the reserves competition move to a 16-a-side competition next season.
“It wasn’t clear cut, but I would say it will be one of the issues that will come up at the AGM.”
An issue that was clear cut was the final five discussion.
As a discussion point the league threw up the idea of reverting to a final four instead of the traditional final five system.
Hennessy said that there wasn’t any support from the clubs or the league on the change.
With no changes to the league at this point of time, it is full steam ahead for the finals which gets under way at Heywood this Saturday.
“The finals are looking quite good as long as the weather is a bit better than on the weekend, but I think it will be a very good series.”
That is all the Western Border could hope for in what has been one of the closest seasons of all time in the football and netball.