Welcome to the penultimate round of the season and I hope your all enjoying your 9s footy. The finals are just about set now and the structure will be the same as last season with everyone involved; 1v2. 3v4....ect.
We think we eventually got the grading right and each comp has been very competitive with close results seen through most divisions.
All Finals will be played at Basil reserve due to the failing light experienced as daylight saving ends. FULL INFO ON FINALS WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER Rd 7.
PARKING AT BASIL
Due to large numbers decending on Basil reserve come finals, we encourage players to use parking avaiable at Darling station at the rear of Dunlop reserve. It is only a 2 minute walk through to Basil from the car park. Wesley teams in particular who are not familiar with parking in the area might be well advised to use the Darling station parking.
Umpires have noticed some footy boots starting to worn by players. Not only is this no allowed under our ground lease agreement but it gives players an unfair advantage. Field 1 at Basil Reserve was particularly chopped up due to unauthorised footwear. If your still confused as to what you can and can't wear ask the umpire before the start of the game and pack runners just in case otherwise ask HYNSEY who seems to have a good handle on it.
AUTUMN SEASON. (IMPORTANT)
R40s is doing their best to secure a ground for an Autumn comp which is planned to run for 8 weeks between May and June. So far we have been unsuccessful in finding a ground and would like to put it out there to all players who may be able to assist. Our preference is the Glen Iris, Ashburton and surrounding area, but we will look at any options offered up and REMEMBER lights are a must!!. We will keep teams updated as soon as a venue becomes available.
In the event that a Ground is located we need to know which teams are returning so that we can work out how many fields we need. We have so far had a positive response from around half the teams but need Captains to reply in the negative or affirmative to assist us with Competition Management.
I just want to finish off the Blog by asking all players to remember that R40s AFL9s is a non contact sport and the more we follow this no1 rule the more everyone can will enjoy the sport. Look after each other fallas as it hurts a little bit more than it use to.