THE Echuca Junior Football Club is ready for its maiden voyage in a new league.
Starting tomorrow, the junior Murray Bombers under 14 and under 16 teams will be competing for the first time in the Shepparton and District Junior Football League.
The under 12 teams will remain in the Goulburn Campaspe Junior Football League for this year at least.
Echuca junior football president Shannon Cronin said his troops are excited for a new challenge.
‘‘The only real challenge they got (the two Echuca sides) was when they played each other in that league,’’ Cronin said.
‘‘Normally we’d put 20 or 25 goals past the opposition — how are we meant to teach them about losing being a part of the game if they never do?’’
That league was the GCJFL, in which Echuca lost just one match in the under 14s last year.
But the SDJFL will offer a lot more in terms of competition and quality of opposition, Cronin said.
‘‘They’re excited. They’ve been keen for a while and it’ll be a test, because it will be much harder there,’’ he said.
‘‘The opposition will be quality, and nicer playing fields, there’s no doubt.’’
He said the reason for moving the under 14s and 16s but not the 12s was because at that age it was more about learning the skills to play the game.
‘‘With those sides at that age we’re looking to make sure they have the skills and knowledge to play at a higher level. It’s more about the fun and enjoyment for those kids,’’ he said.
Cronin said at the end of last season, club representatives sat down to decide the best way to move forward and progress its juniors.
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