Even though it is the end of April the sun is still shining and the mild weekend weather has provided for some high standard play to test the pre-season fitness levels of players and umpires. This month has been a busy one at Commission level with the 2016-17 Annual Report being released at the Annual General Meeting and two new Commissioners being elected in Chris Thomas and Geraldine Christou settling into their new roles. Both will be great assets to the Commission and will bring significant knowledge and experience to the table. At the AGM we also bade farewell to Wayne Limbrick who resigned from the Commission after five years. Nicholas Rolfe, the Commission’s inaugural Chairman has also recently stood down after relocating out of the region. Both Wayne and Nicholas have been Commissioners since its beginning and have been instrumental in building the Commission’s interests from inception in November 2013. Their contribution to the game in the region has been enormous and whilst Nicholas will remain involved at Commission level with AFL Central Victoria I’m sure will also be closely connected to initiatives and projects in the region.
The Commission Junior Football Future Directions Project has recommenced this month after a couple of months hiatus while 2018 junior team numbers were being finalised and the PDFNL saga was being addressed. The Steering Committee have had a meeting to discuss and deliberate on the feedback received on the 27 recommendations coming from the review with a status report to be released in the coming weeks to summarise where things are at and what the next steps will be.
May is interleague month with all three Leagues travelling this year for their AFL Victoria Community Championships clashes to be played on Saturday 19 May. The GVL will play Ballarat FNL at the MCG as the curtain raiser to the Essendon v Geelong Country Game, MFL travel to Gippsland and the KDFNL have the trek to Colac to take on the CDFNL. Best of luck to all teams, football and netball.
May is also junior interleague month with the annual Goulburn Campaspe JFL Carnival being played at Rochester on Sunday 20 May with Shepparton DJFL, Seymour DJFNL, Murray FL and AFL Central Vic Academy all entering teams. With competition competing from U12 to U16 this carnival is a massive day and is an important selection program to identify talent for next years’ Tatura Milk AFL GM Youth Development Academy program.