Tocumwal is located 257kms from Melbourne on the New South Wales border (the Murray River). The football club there like in many small country towns is struggling for numbers as the population has declined over the years and many young men move away from the town for employment in larger centres.
In a unique move to maximise player attendance at football training (which ensures they have numbers on the field come Saturday) the club is paying players to attend training Tuesday and Thursday nights, but they must also meet a few other requirements to assist the club.
The article on this novel approach in The Weekly Times can be read here
The 2012 Indigenous Round will celebrate Land and Country. The launch in Brisbane was attended by AFL Community Engagement Manager Jason Mifsud, Murri elder Aunty Carol Currie, students from the Murri School and players Ashley McGrath (Brisbane Lions) and Jarrod Harbrow (Gold Coast SUNS).
Jason Mifsud said country is central to Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders. “While players play for their jumper, they represent and acknowledge their land, communities and people. Land defines and inspires players on and off the field. This week is an opportunity for the players to share their stories about their country.
The AFL Players’ Association this week launched the first ever Interactive Indigenous Players’ Map to highlight the cultural diversity amongst Indigenous players.
Featuring 79 current players from 41 language and/or cultural groups in Australia, the map aims to inform and educate the football community and wider public on the various language and cultural groups of Indigenous AFL players.
Adam Goodes, AFL Players’ Indigenous Advisory Board Chairman said, “Indigenous players represent a diverse range of language groups across the country. The different language groups each have their own distinct traditions and culture and can differ greatly between each group.
The third Under 18’s Youth Girls National Championships will commence on Tuesday 15th of May, with matches taking place throughout Adelaide. The final will be played at the AAMI Stadium as a curtain raiser to the Port Adelaide v North Melbourne game on Saturday 19th.
Teams are selected from local Youth Girls clubs and school teams, and include Indigenous girls who will take part in the launch ceremony wearing their uniforms. From the teams, an All-Australian Youth Girls team, coach and field umpire will be selected.
The AFL Record is celebrating 100 Years in 2012. The first edition was available for football fans attending Round One VFmatches on Saturday April 27 1912. It was in pocket form, cost a penny and was 32 pages.
While the Record has become more comprehensive and been published in various forms, some things haven’t changed. The inaugural editorial said the Record will cover “every point of interest in the football world’ and “news will be up-to-date, and presented in a crisp fashion, that cannot fail to meet with the approbation of readers”.
A couple of years ago an April Fool's day article mooted that the AFL would insert technology into the football. Now in the media release from the AFL today it is set to become reality.
The AFL today released details of an unprecedented research project involving the in-depth analysis of the footballs used across all levels of the game. For the first time in the AFL’s history, a research study will evaluate the performance characteristics of Australian footballs and assess potential innovations that may further develop the game.
The AFL in conjunction with Victoria University’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) will be working closely with stakeholders across the industry, including the support of all Australian football manufacturers, as part of this project. Andrew Dillon, AFL General Manager – National and International Development, said that the football was such an integral and unique part of the game that it deserved a careful assessment to ensure quality, consistency and affordability into the future.
Hayley Robinson from the AFL Umpires Association has been awarded the 2012 Jill Lindsay Scholarship. Robinson has been the Administration Co-ordinator at the AFLUA since completing an AFL Sports Ready traineeship in 2008. Since then she has managed office operations, general correspondence, the AFLUA member benefits programme, and co-ordinated events.
Robinson said that though winning the scholarship was totally unexpected for her, she was thrilled to that the opportunity to continue her studies.
The Greater Western Sydney GIANTS are pleased to announce their first AFL match in Canberra against the Western Bulldogs this Saturday will be played for the Prime Minister’s Cup.
GIANTS Chief Executive David Matthews said the GIANTS’ first match in Canberra each year would be played for the Prime Minister’s Cup and celebrate the contribution of Australian football to the nation’s capital.
“The GIANTS are delighted to be part of something we hope will become an iconic event for Canberra and I want to sincerely thank the Prime Minister Julia Gillard for supporting this concept,” Matthews said.
Western Australia have won back to back titles in the National Indigenous U15 Kickstart Championships, held again on the Gold Coast this week. After a slow start to the Championships with a one point loss to South Australia on day one, the team from the West won all remaining games and finished off with a convincing win over South Australia today by 20 goals.
The full score was Western Australia 23.16.154 to South Australia 3.7.25. Best on Ground in today’s Grand Final was awarded to Darnell Morrison from WA.