University teams pose questions for Raiders
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.