Portland on the hunt for more junior footballers
THE Portland Junior Football Association is on the hunt for more junior footballers after hosting its allocation meeting last Tuesday.
PJFA president Lee Kelly said the league was looking for more under-14 footballers specifically.
“We are always on the look out for more footballers, particularly at this time of year,” he said.
“We’re confident that the numbers we need will come, it’s a tricky time of year with cricket only just finishing and basketball happening too.
“The league is looking for more under-14 players in particular.
“South Portland and Central are two clubs in particular looking for more numbers.
“At our last meeting we put a vote out regarding the future of the under-14 competition, and considered the idea of going back to a two-grade league (under-16s and under-12s) for the year but at this stage the numbers probably won’t dictate that happening.”
The PJFA’s next meeting will take place on Thursday March 21, finalising all allocations and commencing the season shortly after.
“Next year we’re also looking at a possible re-structure too,” Kelly said.
“We’re talking with all of the senior clubs in the region at the moment, trying to get a read from them on what they think the best way forward is.
“We just want to do whatever is best for kids footy in the future and it’s great that we’re all working together.”
The PJFA released its home and away fixture for 2019 last week.
The season begins on April 6-7 with Central and North Portland playing on the Saturday, while South Portland and Heathmere, as well as Heywood and West Portland, clash on the Sunday.
Finals begin for the juniors on August 18.