Dunolly asks young Eagles to fly home

Dunollyʼs junior development coach Greg Crumpton, assistant under 17s coach Jayden McDonald and under 17s coach Dave Sumarni with future under 17s players Luke Guelen and Byron Mulryan.

The Dunolly Football Netball Club is encouraging young players to return to their hometown team in a bid to field an under 17.5s side for the first time in nine years.

In a campaign titled “It’s time to come home” DFNC is pushing for local kids and their families to return to the Eagles’ nest for the 2019 season.

DFNC’s junior player development coach Greg Crumpton said in a town of 900 people, it’s important that local families rally around the club to keep it afloat.

“The club’s been struggling for a few years with money, struggling with support from the town and trying to develop a junior section,” he said.

“When we lost the under 14s and under 17s we found most of the kids went to the bigger clubs.

“Location is one big issue, we don’t have a secondary school. When kids hit that age where they’re going to high school, they want to be with their mates in Maryborough or Bendigo.”

Dunolly hasn’t had an under 17.5s team since 2010 but the club currently fields an under 11.5s and under 14.5s side as well as two senior football sides.

“The plan is to create a junior foundation and hopefully that will carry on to the seniors and in the future we can be competitive,” Crumpton said.

For more on this story see Page 30 of The Advertiser, Friday, July 6

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