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FOLLOWING consultation with all Division 2 clubs, the 2017 Division 2 fixture has been redrawn.
The revised fixture follows Glen Orden Football Club’s withdrawal from senior football in 2017 due to a lack of players.
The 2017 Division 2 fixture now sees a six-team competition playing over 15 rounds, with each team playing their opposition three times over the course of the season.
The Division 2 season will commence April 22.
Western Region Football League CEO Matthew Duck said that while the six-team division was not ideal, it was an inevitable outcome for this season.
“Once it became apparent beyond any doubt that Glen Orden Football Club would not field senior teams in 2017, a number of different fixturing scenarios were explored. However, the structure that we’ve arrived upon was really the only viable option,” he said.
Duck said the league would do all that it could to help re-establish Glen Orden as a senior entity in 2018.
“We acknowledge the challenges the club face, but we’re buoyed by the commitment and energy displayed by the club to see senior footy return, and we are confident that through a considerable combined effort we’ll see that happen in 2018.”
The WRFL Board will conduct a comprehensive review of competition structures in 2017 with the view to improving the competitive balance between clubs and the evenness of the respective divisions.
The new fixture will be uploaded to the WRFL website in coming days.