Port Lincoln Football League to Change Junior Ranks | Port Lincoln Weather

The Port Lincoln Football League’s junior ratings are expected to be different in 2022, with the league board getting ready to change the ratings put in place from next season.

The league’s junior categories consisted of under-17s, 15s, 13s, 11s and 9s, but that will be different in 2022.

The Under-17s will stay, but the league will introduce the Under-14s, Under-12s and Under-10s starting next season.

A rating of under 8 is also likely, but more discussions will take place before anything is finalized.

The league’s director of football operations Quinn Dutschke said it was something the league had been considering for many years, but had grown in importance last year.

He said the league consulted with junior delegates and presidents to understand each club’s challenges and the health of the numbers, before the board made its decision in mid-November.

“This decision was made with a lot of feedback from delegates and taken in the best interests of junior competition at Port Lincoln as a whole,” he said.

The number of juniors among Port Lincoln clubs has been a hot topic of discussion in recent years, especially in 2021, as Tasman Football Club could only field one Under-11 team throughout the season.

Tasman chairman Ros Daniels said the new setup suited the club for the following season as it made a real effort to bolster the junior roster next season.

“It certainly suits us better as we are looking to field teams under 10 and 12 as best as possible and will be looking at options for under 14 and 17,” she said.

“We have an ongoing campaign offering free registration, free socks and shorts, and a free one-player and one-parent pass for the next three years.”

Clubs are concerned about the impact of this new setup for junior levels on current numbers, including those who have seen good recruiting in recent years.

Boston Football Club president Jason Fauser said the club has been given a frame and will try to make it work.

“We have to find a way to get a positive result out of it,” he said.

“It’s a tricky question, and we have to find a way to make it work.”

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