"Don't think, don't hope, do!" It's a quote that's in footy folklore after being delivered by Hawthorn coaching legend John Kennedy Sr in the 1975 VFL grand final.
Kennedy's Hawks ultimately came up short against North Melbourne but fast forward four decades and football in our region is facing a battle it simply cannot afford to lose.
Put simply, there aren't enough players to sustain the number of clubs in our area.
Perhaps you’re reading this having attended a local football match yesterday. What was the crowd like? Did players have to double up in any grades? Was there a shortage of volunteers?
They’re questions that need to be asked if we want to safeguard the future of Aussie Rules in our region.
A solution to some of those questions is mergers. The prospect of joining forces with a nearby rival might send shudders up the spine of long-time supporters of your club but having experienced first-hand how well they can work at my home club, CDHBU, I am a firm believer in the concept.
You may or may not agree. But hopefully, at the very least, David Johnston’s in-depth reports have at least got you thinking about what can be done.
I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing Sunday.