AFL North East Border boss says more games of football won't fix player shortages

John O'Donohue says the problem of player shortages are hard to fix.
John O'Donohue says the problem of player shortages are hard to fix.

AFL North East Border says playing more games of football won’t fix the player shortage at clubs.

“We’d lose 33 per cent of our participation opportunities,” regional general manager John O’Donohue said.

“So it’s not as simple as just putting on more games, it has a ripple effect everywhere across the whole region.”

Corowa-Rutherglen’s player shortage, particularly at reserves level, and competitiveness has dominated the O and M landscape.

It’s been suggested adding junior grades of both football and netball will attract more families, boosting crowd numbers.

O’Donohue was quizzed if smaller towns would struggle against larger centres, but pointed to Yarrawonga’s run.

And Rochester has been a long-time force in the GV.

“We attract good people and a lot of country clubs also don’t like the kids going to play TAC Cup, but we encourage it because they come back better players,” secretary Bruce Watson said.