Shepparton News

Juniors bumped off the park

- By ZAC STANDISH

Shepparton Toyota District Junior Football League is the latest competitio­n to pull the pin on this year’s season.

Announcing the news on Wednesday afternoon, the board decided it could no longer entertain salvaging the season due to prolonged restrictio­ns and risks to players, parents, coaches and volunteers.

This is the second straight year the league has been forced to cancel the end of its season, but is already looking ahead to some exciting changes next year.

League president Mark Lambourn said the board had made the decision to announce minor premiers across the Keating Transport under-16 and Youth Girls as well as the Brokerhous­e under-14 competitio­ns.

Shepparton United (Youth Girls), Moama (under-16) and Shepparton Swans (under-14) were all on top of their respective competitio­n tables.

He said these teams, along with a host of award recipients, would be recognised for their achievemen­ts in a special acknowledg­ement night, to be held online on Wednesday, September 22.

“It’s been another stop-start year and we can only congratula­te everyone involved for staying the course and their hard work and commitment to junior football,’’ Lambourn said.

The president said the acknowledg­ement night would be a virtual meeting, not just thanking the clubs themselves, but individual award category leaders, sponsors and volunteers.

“We will also make an exciting announceme­nt on some changes to the competitio­n in season 2022 which keeps us looking forward. One thing that the interrupti­ons have caused us to do, as a board is to look at the bigger picture of our sport and along with our values and strategic plan, to decide what’s going to be best long term,” Lambourn said.

“We are still finalising some of these plans and hopefully be able to make some big announceme­nts in mid-September.’’

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