Echuca, Moama and Echuca United football clubs will introduce the region's first 10 and under football competition.LUKE MCMANUS April 5, 2014 4:04am
Participation and development are behind the introduction of the region’s first 10 and under football competition.
Echuca, Moama and Echuca United football clubs will work together to launch the new division in an effort to bridge the gap between Auskick and competitive football.
In its current form, juniors begin their football careers through Auskick programs at respective clubs before progressing to the region’s 12 and under competition, which involves weekly games on top of training sessions.
Echuca Junior Football Club Auskick co-ordinator Troy O’Brien identified a gulf between those transitioning to the higher grade and the top age footballers.
O’Brien said the age difference was turning children away, intimidated by players up to three years older and physically bigger.
‘‘What we’re seeing is grade 3 or 4s coming up against kids in grade 6,’’ O’Brien said.
‘‘They’re much older and bigger and the younger ones are getting bowled over and just can’t compete.’’
The new initiative, labelled the Auskick Extension Program, should provide an adequate stepping stone, according to O’Brien.
Beginning on May 4, the new division will run on Sunday mornings at Echuca Primary School (208), with games and teams determined by numbers on the day.
O’Brien wanted to ensure the program ran similarly to other junior grades, but was fine-tuned to allow for further skill development while addressing the children’s desire for competitive football.
Rules will be modified and be more in line with Auskick, umpires will act as coaches to provide the kids with instructions during matches and parents are also encouraged to be involved.
‘‘You find after four or five years of Auskick, kids have had enough of just training,’’ he said.
‘‘Older kids at this level are dropping off because they’ve learnt everything they can and want to start playing proper matches but just aren’t ready to take the next step.
‘‘Learning and development will still be important but it’s about their appetite, it’s about placing kids in their right bracket and giving them something that’s more exciting than just trainings.’’
Games are scheduled to start at 9.15am.
Brooklyn Andresen has had a time he won't forget in a hurry after collecting five gold and one silver medal at the Australian Junior Outrigger Titles and Trans Tasman Series.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons A grade netball team has fallen agonisingly short of winning the 2015 Ovens and Murray Premiership against Wodonga after staging a great final quarter fightback.
There is a new police sergeant in Mooroopna and his name is Gerard Warrin.
RESIDENTS are being asked to get behind McHappy Day next week, which hopes to raise more than $3.4 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
ROCHESTER Historical and Pioneer Society boasts one of the finest local history museums in country Victoria.
Bombers prepare for GVFL Grand Final
Hundreds flock to Avenel to learn a thing or three.
Tocumwal Lions Club has plans to purchase the Bowling Club site for an aged care facility, which will only happen if the merger between the Tocumwal bowls and golf clubs proceeds.
A NASTY run-in with a kangaroo on the Northern Hwy between Melbourne and Echuca has convinced one regular traveller on the road the question of a cull needs to be addressed.
Three Cobram teens have been arrested by police after they allegedly stole tractors from Cobram and Tocumwal and caused about $30 000 in damage.
Whether you fancy a flutter on the Caulfield Cup or the local cup, the Deniliquin racecourse is the place to be on Saturday, October 17.
An exercise treadmill has inspired Riverina sheep producer Pat Daniher to invent an easy solution to feeding-out fodder off the back of a ute.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.