Interleague football got the boot last week, with AFL Victoria scrapping the statewide Community Championships, but local players could still get the chance to represent the region with Maryborough’s two servicing leagues keen to facilitate their own programs.
AFL Victoria announced last Thursday that due to feedback from clubs and leagues across the state it will not facilitate the AFL Victoria Community Championships in 2020.
In a statement, AFL Victoria said the feedback outlined concern with “the validity of the ranking system, inconsistent levels of competition, travel, increasing costs and the pressure these costs place on leagues, fixturing, administrative demands on leagues, impact on league fixtures and player availability”.
The feedback used to oust the championships came from all clubs and leagues, both senior and junior, across country Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne and AFL Victoria said it will seek “further consultation” with those participants.
“Based on the feedback from clubs the decision was made given many stakeholders raised the current format as a concern, telling us they believe it needs an update and changes,” the statement read.
“AFL Victoria will further consult clubs and leagues around the future of the championships and representative football during 2020.”
The cut off from the championships also impacts netball, with leagues that facilitate both football and netball often lining up representative sides to do battle across the same weekend.
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