Mininera league looks to future

John Box

John Box

The 2017 Mininera and District Football League season has got a big tick from chairman John Box.

The first-year chairman said it was a positive year for all the clubs and the league as a whole.

“The end of the season was particularly pleasing with all the finals played at a very good level,” he said.

“The gate takings were also up as well which was good for the clubs hosting later season games.

“The clubs that were there should have been, fifth position was up for grabs for two or three clubs which made it interesting.

“Lismore-Derrinallum went well and Moyston-Willaura were unlucky with injuries late in the season.”

Box said he is happy to stay in the top role for the 2018 season if the board re-elects him at the upcoming league annual general meeting next month.

“It will be up to the board and committee, I have a two year position on the board but I will be quite happy to keep going in the role if they want me too,” he said.

“I do enjoy it, I love the Mininera and District league and I think it is a really strong group, the stronger we can get the better for our future.”

The league is also working to try and increase participation across the younger age groups.

Box said it is something that the league will be working hard to address before next year.

“There is a lot of under-21 players in the league which is great but we still have a major issue with junior football which I am working on,” he said.

“I have put a suggestion paper out there and have got five or six clubs that have answered back on some ideas that could be implemented.

“I have been talking to other leagues and it is an issue right through junior football, particularly with the population around the area.

“The points system also needs to be looked at as well as the salary cap ahead of the new season.

“All clubs need to be on board once the finer details are sorted out ahead of the 2018 season.”