Opinion

In the blue corner we have

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January 16, 2018

Is there potential for the north-west and south-east divisions of the Picola District Football Netball League facing off for bragging rights?

Is there potential for the north-west and south-east divisions of the Picola District Football Netball League facing off for bragging rights?

It must have been a difficult conversation.

It is the end of the 2008 season, Tungamah is premier and the Picola District Football Netball League board sits down to discuss a drastic change destined to divide, quite literally, its clubs, players and supporters.

The split has its perks.

The travel time is cut in half, you gain a genuine understanding of your opponents and it has the potential for a more even competition.

Yet I am always pondering that age-old question; which league is better?

Personally, I have played in the PDFNL since I was old enough to tie the laces of my footy boots.

I have seen the evolution from getting in the car and travelling to Deniliquin on a rainy Saturday morning as a nine-year-old to playing against the same team three times in the one year.

Since the separation, the two leagues have had their dominant teams.

The south-east division has had Tungamah and Shepparton East win four and three premierships, respectively, while in the north-west, Jerilderie has added four pieces of silverware to its trophy cabinet.

Many athletes across all forms of sport never taste premiership glory and nothing can or will take that away from a club that does achieve the ultimate success.

However, we have a perfect opportunity to take this a step further by having the two respective premiers face off in a match to settle the argument and combine the divisions once again.

The league boasts some of the best facilities in the area, with Katandra becoming the latest club to unveil its new clubrooms last season before hosting the grand final.

Dookie’s facilities stand proudly on the hill overlooking its ground, while Katamatite began using its multi-million-dollar community centre early in the 2013 season.

So, a mutual location could be easily decided.

The canteen and bar takings could be split as a financial incentive between the competing clubs as supporters flock to see the best face off against the best.

Not to mention the league’s obvious financial gain from gate fees.

The annual exhibition game has the potential to create a fierce rivalry, much like the Goulburn Valley League has with Ovens and Murray.

It could attract a large following and attendance from not only the clubs across both divisions, but surrounding leagues as well.

Well PDFNL, what do you think?

Joe Wilkie is a second year media and communications student at La Trobe and is currently on work experience at The News.

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