As you said teams will start the season with 22-23 players on their list. Paying overs for blokes to fill teams who aren't lifting the standard of the competition. A couple of injuries will happen early, as it always does and we see no junior structure to support it. How many TDFL teams have played U/17's this season? UM don't have that luxury to be filling reserves and seniors teams with young people currently 17 and under.I can see a few forfeits in the Upper Murray next year. Teams will start with 22-24 players and a few rounds in will have injury and unavailability and I bet a few battle to field a side at all.
The year will peter out and we will see the same two teams winning the league and showing no real endeavour or knowledge of the future of the game and we will honestly look back at this as the death nail in the coffin of Upper Murray Football.
The league will never find 100 junior players to fill a u/17'S when teams currently fill the Tallangatta Football Clubs u/17's team. The same can be said with a 100 blokes to happily play ressies football in the UM.
Without Netball this league is in dire straits and to see the money which is being handed out is not sustainable for any club, it is purely a bandaid over the fresh bullet wound which is AFL in Victoria.