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- 2017 Under-14 Interleague Squad
- WRFL Junior Competition partners
- Bontempelli named the Heartland Ambassador
Congratulations to all the players listed on the attached squad list who have successfully made it through to the next stage of Under 14 WRFL Interleague. Please be at Dempster Park, North Sunshine next Wednesday night at 5:30pm for training (please remember to bring your mouth guard).
For all junior interleague questions please contact Steph Zerowsky at the WRFL on 9315 5400 or email@example.com
Western Bulldogs Football Club
The League welcomes the Bulldogs decision to renew their longstanding partnership with the league for a further 2 years. This partnership includes the naming rights of the WRFL Junior boys Competition from the Under 9’s to the Under 15’s. All footies used in the Junior competitions, boys and girls, will use Bulldog branded footballs, and both the boys and girls Junior representative teams will wear the Bulldogs guernsey colours. The very successful Heartland award will continue recognising Good Sportsmanship during 2017 at all Junior boys and girls games up to Under 14’s.
Werribee Football Club
The league welcomes long term partner, the Werribee Tigers VFL Football Club, back in 2017. This year Werribee will be partnering the league’s new Junior Girls competition. More news about Mark and his team at Werribee’s involvement will feature in future editions of this record.
SEDA who partnered the league for the first time in 2016 have returned to take on the Naming Rights of the WRFL’s Under 17 competition. SEDA’s sport education program will the focus of future communications in this record as well as other league communication vehicles.
BONTEMPELLI NAMED HEARTLAND AMBASSADOR
NOW in its fifth season, the WRFL is pleased to announce the continuation of the WRFL-Western Bulldogs Heartland Award in 2017.
Each week throughout the home and away season, the Junior Heartland Award will be presented by the coach from the home team to one player from the opposition side, who they believe embodies the true essence of the game – that being: fair play, fun and respect for both the opposition and the umpires.
This year, Western Bulldogs premiership player and best and fairest winner Marcus Bontempelli will be the Heartland Ambassador.
If you win a Heartland Award make sure you register your unique code at the bottom of your certificate on the Western Bulldogs website to go into the draw to win the Ultimate Heartland experience with Marcus Bontempelli at VU Whitten Oval.
The Heartland Award will kick off this Sunday, April 9 for Round 1 of the junior fixture.
WRFL LAUNCH UNDER-8 COMPETITION
ABOUT 75 junior footballers got the chance to play on Whitten Oval on Sunday as part of the launch of the WRFL’s newest competition, Under-8’s.
With six teams competing in the inaugural competition, the enthusiastic youngsters got the chance to walk in the footsteps of their Western Bulldogs heroes.
WRFL Football Operations and Club Development officer Tim Shellcot said it was a fantastic gala day.
“Everyone has come with the right attitude, everyone is having a lot of fun, coaches and umpires are doing the right thing,” he said.
Shellcot said the reason why the WRFL chose to introduce an Under-8 competition was because there needed to be a clearer pathway between Auskick and club football.
“There is a disconnect between Auskick and competitive club football, so the Under-8’s is a way of trying to bridge that gap,” he said.
“It is about trying to get players into club jumpers and get them more enthusiastic about playing competitive football and also trying to get them to become long term club players in the league.”
Shellcot said the Western Bulldogs Football Club have been a great supporter of the league for several years now.
“The Dogs have been a really good supporter of our junior competition for four or five years and they are keen to get involved with all younger age groups,” he said.
“They have opened up their facility and the ground to support the launch.”
Western Bulldogs Schools and Clubs coordinator Glenn Balmforth said it was great the club was able to give back to the local community.
“It is great that we can give back to the community through the WRFL and try and increase participation in the west and create a fantastic experience for the kids who one day could potentially play for the Western Bulldogs,” he said.
AUSKICKER OF THE YEAR
Xavier Wursthorn was selected as the Round 1 NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year and will now get to enjoy a unique Grand Final experience.
The talented youngster got to play on the MCG as part of the half time AFL experience in the opening round of the season and at the end of the year will play a huge role on Grand Final Day.
Xavier’s father Matt said he had a wonderful time playing footy on the hallowed turf.
Along with the 21 other nominees, the Essendon fan will walk in the AFL parade, play on the MCG on Grand Final Day and present a premiership medal to the winning team.
The overall Auskicker of the Year winner will also receive a $5000 in a NAB Reward Saver account, while Geelong star Joel Selwood will be there footy mentor.
Matt said his son was looking forward to the experience.
“Presenting the medal to the winning team is something he will never forget,” he said.
“I am looking forward to it to, I’ve never been to a grand final and now we can go together and experience this amazing week.”