Junior Participation Soars In Murchison Fri, May 24, 2024 - 3:10 PM

In a major boost for Murchison in the Midwest of the state, a full season of junior football is being played in all towns this year. 


The Marlu Junior Football League (Murchison) has worked in conjunction with community stakeholders to put in place a season of junior footy for towns such as Cue, Meekatharra, Yalgoo, and Mount Magnet. 


Grady Tomelty, RFS Midwest at the West Australian Football Commission, is delighted with the response from the community. 


“Murchison is a remote area which hasn’t had consistent structured football for as long as anyone can remember,” Tomelty said. 


“They have over 70 registered participants which is a massive success getting these players on PlayHQ for the first time ever. 


“As well as regular matches, the community engagement has been a major benefit. 


“Families are supporting it and commuting to the fixtured matches in each town, in some cases over 200kms one way.”? 


Wes Ward, President of the Marlu Junior Football League believes this is the first time an official Junior Football League has been played in Murchison. 


“Given the certain barriers such and remoteness, distance between towns and lack of infrastructure, it has taken a team collaboration with a multitude of stakeholders and partners to get this off the ground,” Ward said. 


This league offers many benefits to the players but also the local community. 


“There are opportunities to socialise with other kids and form new cross-town relationships and connections, social outings and activity opportunities for families and a sense of community spirit and comradery,” Ward said. 


“This gives players the chance to showcase their natural football talent, get access to coaching and skill development, which has led to a number of players given the opportunity to represent the Murchison region in football carnivals in Perth and other regions across the state.” 

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