THANKFULLY, common sense has prevailed.
Rand-Walbundrie-Walla, or a variation thereof, will compete in the 2016 Hume League season and we are all the better for it.
The league’s most successful club hasn’t lost its identity and scores of junior footballers and netballers still have a club to call their own.
That’s what I call a win-win scenario.
Any consternation in the Rand-Walbundrie camp about keeping a Tiger on their jumper should be outweighed by the joy of securing the future of the club for generations to come.
Who cares if they’re playing for the Rand-Walbundrie-Walla Wombats?
The important thing is Rand, Walbundrie and Walla are in the name.
Personally, I think it’s a “Giant” opportunity to jump on board with Greater Western Sydney.
The AFL’s newest club needs all the publicity it can get and what better way to do it than have 40-odd kids running around in a Giants jumper in southern NSW each weekend?
The success of this merger won’t be judged by how many wins the team registers at senior level in 2016 because it’s all about the kids.
It does one thing, though, and that’s guarantee some Walla footballers will play in a victory – something they wouldn’t have done otherwise.
Almost every club in the league appears to have strengthened its list in the off-season, meaning we are in for a bumper year on the field, which is where everyone wants the focus to be.
Osborne missed the finals last year with an 11-7 record but one league official predicted 10 wins may be enough to finish into the top six in 2016, such will be the evenness of the competition.
Bring it on.