Monday, June 24, 2024

Greater Shepparton kicks junior AFL goal

Greater Shepparton City Council has partnered with AFL Victoria and V/Line to host the AFL V/Line Cup for the 73rd edition.

Around 600 young footballers from across regional Victoria will converge on Shepparton for the three-day competition from September 19-21 – the start of AFL Grand Final week and will feature under 15 boys and girls teams from Barwon, Bendigo, Gippsland, Goulburn Murray, Greater Western Victoria, North East Border and South East.

The event has a rich history dating back to 1949 when it was first won by Goulburn Valley. The V/Line Cup was cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and then postponed last year, with the 2021 competition eventually held in April, also in Shepparton, giving the under 15 age group from last year the opportunity to participate.

Head of AFL Victoria, Ben Kavenagh said it was fantastic to welcome the V/Line cup back to Shepparton after a very successful competition earlier this year.

“The V/Line Cup has such a rich history and to be able to continue the tradition in 2022 with two competitions, after all the football that has been missed in the past few years because of the pandemic, is wonderful for the hundreds of players across the state who get to compete at a high level, as well as the umpires, coaches and everyone involved,” said Mr Kavenagh.

“The competition couldn’t go ahead without the incredible support of our long-standing partner V/Line and the Greater Shepparton City Council, who have been good enough to host two events this year. I would also like to thank the regions for arranging their squads and ensuring the players are all set to go.”

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Shane Sali (pictured, above) said the region was ready to host the elite junior AFL event this year.

“Greater Shepparton is proud to have the pleasure of hosting the AFL Victoria V/Line Cup – not once but twice for the 2022 season. This event is a massive coup and continues our region’s tradition of hosting high profile AFL events with our partners AFL Victoria and AFL Goulburn Murray,” Mayor Sali said.

“The three-day carnival will provide an important economic stimulus to Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley, benefitting our growing visitor economy industries as visitors engage with accommodation services, hospitality, retail stores and our unique visitor attractions.

“We welcome all the junior athletes, their families, friends and supporters to our region and wish them all the best throughout the competition. This is a great opportunity for our youth to further develop their skills and even create a pathway to a career in the AFL or AFLW.”

V/Line CEO, Matt Carrick said it had been wonderful to see the carnival grow over time and deliver benefits to the communities that host it.

“It’s terrific to see some of the players in this tournament go onto bigger things in football, but the most exciting part is seeing all of the participants learn life skills to help them be a positive influence in their communities,” he said.

“Football simply doesn’t exist without umpires, and we are incredibly proud to support the participants of the V/Line Umpire Academy, many of whom have earned the right to officiate this tournament through hard work and dedication to their craft.”

For competition news and fixture information, visit https://www.aflvic.com.au/vline-cup

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