VICTORIAN Country Football League president Nicholas Rolfe believes football in Sunraysia is strong despite a gap between the top three sides in the SFNL and the rest of the competition including teams in the Millewa .
Despite the disparity he believes the strength and stability of Sunraysia’s junior program sets the local competition up as one of the best in the state.
However, he does have some concerns about the Millewa Football League, although he is optimistic abouts its future.
MFL is having to deal with the issue of Meringur being in recess and Nangiloc having to forfeit during the season, but Rolfe believes the MFL has a viable future, but should look at implementing a junior competition.
“Our role is not to say you need to have a certain number of clubs (in a league), they (Millewa) would have had to work that out for themselves,” he said.
He also briefly touched on the often contentious issue of mergers.
“In a perfect world, you may need to combine the two leagues,’’ he said. “In the short term, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense, but in the long term it would.
“You would have extra junior structures which would be able to blood.
“The ongoing issue is the mass of junior numbers.
“And then, because there is a limited number of senior clubs, there is nowhere to go.
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