Uni­ver­sity teams pose ques­tions for Raiders

The Riverine Herald - - LOCAL CLASSIES - By Fraser Walker-Pearce

LA TROBE Uni­ver­sity has been ac­cepted and will be the 12th side to com­pete in the Bendigo Am­a­teur Soc­cer League next sea­son.

A meet­ing of club rep­re­sen­ta­tives held in Bendigo on Fri­day con­cluded that La Trobe’s mo­tion to be in­cluded should be ac­cepted and it will com­pete along­side the Moama Echuca Bor­der Raiders in the 2019 BASL.

The uni­ver­sity will en­ter teams in the di­vi­sion one men’s, di­vi­sion one women’s and di­vi­sion two men’s com­pe­ti­tions in its first sea­son.

The Bor­der Raiders’ pre-sea­son could start as soon as De­cem­ber 15 — a match with Na­tional Pre­mier League 2 East pow­er­house Goul­burn Val­ley Suns is in the works.

A date is yet to be de­cided on NPL 2 North-West run­ners-up Brim­bank FC’s re­turn, but it is likely to be held after the South­ern 80 wa­ter-ski­ing com­pe­ti­tion in Fe­bru­ary.

Bor­der Raiders pres­i­dent Dar­ryl Brown said as well as the two high­lights with the Suns and Stal­lions in their pre-sea­son, a lot of work has gone on be­hind closed doors.

‘‘I think Kyne­ton will come to us at the start of the year,’’ Brown said.

‘‘And with De­niliquin we will prob­a­bly have a run with them too, and con­test the Clark Jones Memo­rial Shield we play for, and then Brim­bank after the South­ern 80,’’ he said.

On La Trobe’s ac­cep­tance into the league, Brown said he was ex­cited to see the stan­dard the uni­ver­sity will de­liver. ‘‘They were ac­cepted con­vinc­ingly, but there were some ques­tions in re­la­tion to where they would be get­ting play­ers from, and if that would be from other sides.

‘‘But this is a new team and club. Be­cause it’s so big they would prob­a­bly be able to field mul­ti­ple teams, and they saw a need out this way which is great,’’ he said.

Brown said clubs will soon go into dis­cus­sions with the league on the length of the sea­son, and the fi­nals for­mat, which could be ex­panded from the cur­rent fi­nal four.

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