GGGM accepted into Wagga and District Juniors FNL
AFL Riverina is pleased to announce that the GGGM Junior Football Netball Club will be joining the Wagga and District Junior Football Netball for the 2018 Season and beyond.
GGGM are looking to guarantee the future of their club, and believe a switch from the South West JFNL, will put them in the best position for a sustainable and competitive future
Speaking on behalf of GGGM, Junior President, Scott Hamblin said “we’re thrilled as a club, and as a community to be joining the Wagga and District Junior Football Netball League. The opportunities this move creates are incredibly exciting. We’re looking forward to sharing the GGGM experience with the League, especially our country feel and values.”
As per the AFL NSW/ACT Rules and Regulations, GGGM sought the approval of both the WDJFNL and the SWJFNL Clubs, this was achieved in late 2017. The AFL Riverina Board of Management then worked closely with the Club to create the best possible outcome for them, but also the wider Riverina Football and Netball Landscape.
As noted by AFL Riverina Chairman, Michael Irons, “This has been a big change for our junior competitions and it is the first time, in a long time, that we have had a junior club change leagues.”
“AFL Riverina is looking forward to supporting the club through this transition and creating a junior pathway to sure up the club’s future”. As part of their conditions of entry into the league, GGGM will play two competition fixtures at Peter Hastie Oval, Estella, in both season 2018 and 2019, as agreed to by the Club.
Both GGGM and AFL Riverina recognised the opportunities this presents, “with a base now in Estella, as well as Ganmain, we’ll be able offer Auskick and Net-Set-Go programs to local children and their families as they start their Football and Netball Journey, and who we look forward to having as the future of the GGGM Football Netball Club. The first of these sessions will be held in April, which we’re cannot wait for’, Hamblin said.
Irons acknowledged the rapid growth of Wagga Wagga, stating that “Estella is one of the larger growth areas of Wagga, with plenty of opportunities for expansion in future years, we’re excited to have a Junior Football and Netball footprint in the suburb”.
Hamblin continued the sentiment, “This move provides the opportunity for past players and their families to once again be directly connected to and a part of the GGGM Club, as well as the opportunity for new members to join our Football and Netball community.”
“GGGM would like to thank everyone involved in making this happening, particularly our tireless volunteers, as well as the AFL Riverina Board and Staff.”
AFL Riverina will be in a position to release the Junior Draws for both the Wagga and District, and the South West Competitions shortly, and look forward to what season 2018 has in store.