THERE will be no fourths competition this season in the Alberton Football Netball League.
The only junior competition will be an thirdss competition.
This decision was unfortunately made at the league’s meeting last Wednesday night at Fish Creek.
All club presidents were present along with the board and it was unanimously decided that there was no hope of fielding a fourth’s competition with most clubs struggling to find players.
League president Barry Stride said it’s unfortunate and not good for football, but the kids are just not out there for clubs to find. School numbers are down everywhere, and you can’t make kids play football if they don’t want to.
The AFNL will field another side in the Sunday under 14s competition with Tarwin being the home ground. Players from other clubs will be able to play in this competition, and stay registered to their original clubs.
Stingrays will also be fielding a side in this competition, with players from the usual local clubs Toora, Foster and Fish Creek involved.
“It was also decided that all clubs would work hard to try and get players for a fourths competition the following season in 2018. Things could turn around in a year or two which will help out our smaller clubs and who knows what might be around the corner.
“It’s important that we all stick together and keep the interests of the AFNL at heart”, concluded Barry Stride.