From the Centre Bounce | Interleague concerns raised

MAKING MOVES: Mininera team coaches Justin Eales and Matt Burmeister talk strategy in the quarter time huddle of the interleague match on Saturday. Picture: Tracey Kruger

MAKING MOVES: Mininera team coaches Justin Eales and Matt Burmeister talk strategy in the quarter time huddle of the interleague match on Saturday. Picture: Tracey Kruger

Mininera failed to have the best side possible for the interleague game against a stronger South West League who eventually won the annual fixture by 31 points on Saturday.

South West management were professional leading up to the match with the players’ on-field performance highlighting their Leagues attitude to interleague football.  

The 22 players who fronted for Mininera put in a 100 per cent performance but were undermanned to stem the attack from the Westerners; any blame to Mininera’s performance cannot be shifted to the players involved but to the clubs and players failing to support the interleague match.

Mininera must reassess their management of interleague including continuing in such competition.

It would be a pity to see Mininera not involved in such games but interleague games must be correctly managed to assess the standard of the leagues’ players and the football of the area.

In attracting players into clubs, genuine players address the standard and make decisions accordingly.

My best for Mininera were Michael Lockyer, Tim McDougall, Rhys Cronin, Adrian Pilgrim, Ryan Elliot and Brady Purcell.

At the mid-term break of the game, the AFL Western Region Development Officer, Jock Whiting announced the AFL has announced funds to assist country clubs with oval needs, funds will be available after an audit assessment take’s place shortly, leagues and clubs will be notified when the inspection will take place.

There will be certain criteria to the funding and it will be based on the needs of playing surface.

On Sunday Mininera’s juniors travelled to Pedrina Park Hamilton participating in the round robin championships and a number of future stars put their skills on show in the carnival.

In game one, the under-12s had Mininera against Portland with Portland 2.3 defeating Mininera 2.3.15 to 1.5.11. 

In game two, Mininera got on the winners list against the second Hamilton team, kicking 7.8.50 to 1.2.8.

The Final became the match of the day with Mininera playing the first Hamilton team.

The game was an arm wrestle from the first bounce till siren time with Mininera finishing with 4.5.29 to defeat the home team who could only manage 4.2.26.                      

Best Players for Mininera were Jim Jennings, Sam Phillips, Floyd Burmiester, Hayden Dowling, Fletcher Burger, Tom O’Sullivan and Jack Worthy.

Tips – Hawkesdale-Macarthur v Ararat Eagles (at Macarthur), Caramut v Wickliffe-Lake Bolac, Great Western v Glenthompson-Dunkeld, Moyston-Willaura v Tatyoon (at Willaura), Penshurst v Woorndoo-Mortlake SMW Rovers V Lismore-Derrinallum.      

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