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WAFL score rare victory
Authored by: Kurt_D on Thursday, May 28 2009 @ 08:24 pm ACST

A good point tinka. I am a follower of the SANFL and there are certainly a decent number of players in the comp who are undoubtedly better than a lot of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year players in the AFL. For the best players in the state leagues, particularly those aged 24-26, to be on AFL list would no doubt improve the competition. I think that it is likely that with GC and W.Sydney coming into the comp and drafting most of the best youngsters over the next couple of years the rest of the sides will be forced to take on more mature players. If this happens I think they will be very impressed with what they have acquired and be more inclined to take more mature players in the future. There are good reasons for not wanting this to happen though. Taking away the best players from the SANFL, or the WAFL for that matter, would be further damage to a competition that many supporters are very passionate about. Also, without the best players in the league, I don't think that the environment would be strong enough for the young players ignored by AFL clubs to continue to develop and be AFL standard footballers at the age of 24, as is now the case. Then the AFL would go back to picking exclusively teenagers anyway.