THE WRFL’s Junior Championships program has been hailed a success with all seven representative teams showing off their talents on the Interleague stage.
Of the 15 games played as part of the AFL Victoria Junior Metro Championships, the WRFL won nine matches, with the Under-15B and Under-14B teams undefeated.
“The 2017 WRFL Junior Interleague Program was a huge success again this year with all seven teams competitive in their matches played over the Queen’s Birthday weekend,” WRFL Junior Operations manager Steph Zerowsky said.
“Over 170 players represented the league over the weekend and did so with passion and enthusiasm.”
Zerowsky said the main focus of Junior Interleague was development and enjoyment. She said to walk away with so many wins was a bonus.
“Our coaches focused on developing the players, allowing them and their parents to enjoy a quality experience of being involved in WRFL Junior Interleague,” she said.
“I hope that all of our Junior Interleague players have not only been able to learn new skills in which they can take back to their local club and pass onto their teammates, but also made new friends with their Interleague teammates.”
The WRFL’s Under-13’s also got their first taste of Interleague footy, the young stars took on the EDFL and the Riddell District Football League on Sunday as part of the annual Junior Carnival.
The Under-13A team scored one win, while the Under-13B side won both of their matches, taking home the Carnival Shield.
Zerowsky said it was great to see the league’s future stars in action.
“For these players it was their first Interleague experience with the Under-13 Carnival the stepping stone in their talent pathway. Both teams should be proud of what they achieved,” she said.
One of the highlights of this year’s carnival was seeing the improvement of the Under-15 Girls. The team won two of their three matches.
“The League could not be more proud of coach Steph Webb and her team and what they were able to achieve in our first year with a standalone Under-15 Girls Interleague team,” Zerowsky said.
“We had over 60 girls try out for the team this year which in previous years with a combined interleague team would only see 30 players.
“The success of the team this year is not only a credit to the coaches and players involved, but also to the WRFL Clubs and their motivation and drive to promote female football in the west.
“I believe that our Under-15 Girls Interleague Program will continue to get stronger each year as female football continues to grow within our community.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve next year.”
Zerowsky said she wanted to thank all the Junior Interleague coaches for their time and passion in coaching our teams this year.
“The amount of work that all the coaching teams put in, from training nights to match days, is greatly appreciated,” she said.
“I would also like to thank all of the parents and officials who have put their hands up to assist throughout the entire program, whether it to be team manager, trainer or bringing the oranges, without your help the program would not have been a success.”
Last Modified on 14/06/2017 12:55