Revamp pro­posed for Land­mark Cham­pi­onships

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport - Mitchell Wood­cock

There will be ac­tiv­i­ties all through the week, but the main change will be giv­ing the girls the op­por­tu­nity. WACFL gen­eral man­ager Joe Ge­or­giades

A pro­posed revamp of the WACFL Land­mark Cham­pi­onships for­mat could help foot­ballers be drafted into both the AFL and AFLW com­pe­ti­tions.

The WA Coun­try Foot­ball League is look­ing at adding a women’s and stand­alone un­der-15 com­pe­ti­tion to the reg­u­lar fes­tiv­i­ties, with the en­tire com­pe­ti­tion set to run over the course of at least a week.

WACFL gen­eral man­ager Joe Ge­or­giades said the league was dis­cussing a plan to start the week with a women’s com­pe­ti­tion, be­fore lead­ing into the rest of the round robin tour­na­ments to show­case the best tal­ent in re­gional WA.

Cur­rently, just the men’s and colts com­pe­ti­tions are the high­lights, but the WACFL is look­ing at cre­at­ing a fes­ti­val­like week which fea­tures as many play­ers from WA as pos­si­ble.

Ge­or­giades said the aim of the women’s com­pe­ti­tion was to try to get as many women drafted into the West Coast Ea­gles women’s team in 2020 or the es­tab­lished Fre­man­tle Dock­ers side.

“There will be ac­tiv­i­ties all through the week, but the main change will be giv­ing the girls the op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

“In 2020 the Ea­gles will have a fe­male team in the AFL, so it is a good op­por­tu­nity for the coun­try girls to be drafted to ei­ther Fre­man­tle or West Coast.

“There are women up north and in the Kim­ber­ley play­ing, so it would be great to get them down here and play.

“We are look­ing like we will have six teams in the women’s com­pe­ti­tion.” Ge­or­giades said the un­der-15 com­pe­ti­tion might also con­sist of some AFL Com­bine-like test­ing, which would pre­pare them for any pos­si­ble op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The un­der-15s have al­ways been tacked on to our coun­try week, but this way they will be a stand­alone,” he said.

“We could do AFL draft test­ing with them, just to get them into that sort of mind­set.

“There is a bit hap­pen­ing with it all, but it is all about giv­ing kids the best ex­po­sure to the WAFL.

“The colts ob­vi­ously lead­ing in has also worked well for us.”

Ge­or­giades said it was un­likely the men’s and colts com­pe­ti­tions would change.

“We want to en­cour­age more play­ers from the outer-ly­ing leagues to get in­volved,” he said.

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