Loddon Valley sets sights on inter-league return in 2018

LEAGUE PRIDE: Loddon Valley players line up for the national anthem before their 2015 inter-league game against Alberton at the QEO. Loddon Valley hasn't played inter-league in the two years since. Picture: GLENN DANIELS
LEAGUE PRIDE: Loddon Valley players line up for the national anthem before their 2015 inter-league game against Alberton at the QEO. Loddon Valley hasn't played inter-league in the two years since. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

AFTER a two-year absence, Loddon Valley is determined to ensure it’s part of AFL Victoria’s inter-league program in 2018.

For the second year in a row Loddon Valley was without teams in last weekend’s AFL Victoria Community Championships.

And the league hasn’t been included in AFL Victoria’s revised top 32 rankings that were released on Monday and give an indication to potential inter-league match-ups next year.

Leagues will have until November to seek to join the 2018 AFL Victoria Community Championships or withdraw from the competition, such as Loddon Valley did last year and Sunraysia did this year.

Loddon Valley chairman Graham Watson says the league will be pro-active in ensuring it returns to the inter-league stage next year.

“We were very keen to get back involved this year, but the powers to be (AFL Victoria) didn’t allocate us a game,” Watson said.

“We will be taking as much action as is required to be in the inter-league mix for next year. 

“We’re fully committed to participating in inter-league next year and have all of our clubs on board.

“Now that we’ve had a couple of years off we’re all hungry to showcase the league.”

Loddon Valley returned to inter-league for the first time since 2003 in 2010 and played six games for a 2-4 record before withdrawing last year.

The league had been scheduled to travel to play Warrnambool District in 2016 in what would have been the fifth time in the seven years since its return that it played an away game.

We will be taking as much action as is required to be in the inter-league mix for next year

Graham Watson - LVFNL chairman

While there was no inter-league last weekend, Loddon Valley has under-18 and 15 football and under-17, 15 and 13 netball teams that will play Heathcote District in a junior gala day at Elmore on Sunday, June 4.