- Aug 9, 2019
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- The mighty Panthers, GWV Rebels, Be
Nope, NAB League clubs are unhappy, AFL Clubs are unhappy, Club recruiters are totally pissed off with how the NAB League has been decimated with these changes.I bet this is purely directed to funding junior programmes in State leagues, I’m sure the TAC Cup will still be well funded as will the expanded VFL.
Parents of country kids in particular are pissed right off because unless you are thought of as a super talent like Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, Elijah Hollands etc from the last draft or as an example from this year's draft Campbell Chesser (Albury-Wadonga/Melbourne Grammar/Sandringham Dragons) a sports scholarship with one of the big APS/AGSV Private Schools is unobtainable.
For Vic kids with the focus seemingly moving more towards Melbourne's Private Schools as the talent pathway those under privileged kids who's parents don't have the money to shell out to pay the hefty Private School fees are going to be at a distinct disadvantage unless they're offered a sports scholarship. The SA/WA kids within the SANFL system will certainly be far better placed re the draft now IMO.
This move seems to me to be influenced by the AFLW with the funding now going towards female participation which is fine but not at the expense of what is really the core product they're selling and relying on to keep the $$$'s coming in....AFL.