From the Centre Bounce | Round 12

CLOSE: Ararat Eagles' Jesse Hutchins contests the ball against his Glenthompson-Dunkeld opponent earlier in the season. Picture: Peter Pickering
CLOSE: Ararat Eagles' Jesse Hutchins contests the ball against his Glenthompson-Dunkeld opponent earlier in the season. Picture: Peter Pickering

The Mininera and District Football League scheduled a bye for the non-availability of players and supporters taking the family away for the school holidays and widely accepted by a majority of players and supporters.

Numerous fans have an opinion it is to avoid the cold weather presently experienced across the state.

The finals race is still wide open, particularly for clubs currently sitting in fifth to eighth position on the ladder.  

Eighth-placed SMW Rovers have the easiest draw, except for their game against Lismore-Derrinallum.

Hawkesdale-Macarthur is currently in fifth position are opposed  to play two of the top sides in the run home and must win both to avoid relegation from the final five.  

Flag favourites Lismore-Derrinallum and Wickliffe-Lake Bolac produced a game worthy of a major finals berth in the round prior to the bye with the Magpies in front to the last 3 minutes of the game.

Players and supporters will have lifelong memories and talking points of an incident taking place in creating a goal for the victors. The game video may make good viewing at a football party. 

The Mininera board should obtain the best available complement of officials for the remaining games particularly for teams vying for final five positions. 

The administration appears missing through the season mainly to the sponsors and supporters in the game promotion, change to football, salary cap, and success or otherwise of the AFL hub, lack of boundary umpires, and failure of attendance of local umpires, bar one at the umpire’s forum.

The league, clubs and game in general rely heavily to local support in surviving the current conditions applicable to all community clubs and to alienate the people supporting clubs and the game to survive is not forward thinking or showing modern leadership.

With clearance transfers closed, figures produced by the clearance secretary show that 308 players were enticed into league clubs with 268 players transferred out, while 38 players transferred internally to other clubs within the league.

The leagues supplying the largest quantity of players from the 29 areas are Hampden with 47,Warrnambool District with 35, Central Highlands with 30, and Wimmera with 28.

Interstate added 14 players from within every state of mainland Australia.

The total registered players in the league for the 2017 season amounts to 1101.

The biggest shock was the birth year of players showing 1 registered person was born in 1949 the great age of 68. Round 12 tips – Lismore-Derrinallum v Hawkesdale-Macarthur, Penshurst v Caramut, SMW Rovers v Great Western, Woorndoo-Mortlake v Moyston-Willaura, Ararat Eagles v Tatyoon, Wickliffe-Lake Bolac v Glenthompson-Dunkeld.