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AFL sucker punch as entire league axed

From Queensland Times

Reported by Jason Otto

https://www.qt.com.au/news/afl-sucker-punch-as-entire-league-axed/4085212/

The AFL has pulled the rug out from under the nine NEAFL clubs on the day the entire second-tier competition was scrapped.

As the AFL endured a dark day where approximately 20 per cent of its staff found out they no longer have jobs, the news that the NEAFL will not return in 2021 was largely overlooked.

For the Canberra Demons, though, it was a sucker punch.

According to The Canberra Times, the club wasn't even told about the killing off of the league before the AFL sent out a press release informing them the decision had already been made.

Demons officials found out at the same time as reporters around the country did.

SANFL Round 10, WAFL Round 7

SANFL

Friday August 28

West vs Sturt at Hisense Stadium 7:50pm Melbourne Time SANFL Digital Pass

Norwood vs Eagles at Coopers Stadium 8:10pm Melbourne Time SANFL Digital Pass

Saturday August 29

South vs Central at Flinders University Stadium 2:40pm Melbourne Time SANFL Digital Pass

Sunday August 30

North vs Glenelg at Prospect Oval 2:40pm Melbourne Time SANFL Digital Pass - SEN Mt Gambier (SEN App)

WAFL

Saturday August 29

Perth vs Subiaco at Mineral Resources Park 2:05pm Melbourne Time 7plus

Peel Thunder vs South Fremantle at David Greys Arena 4pm Melbourne Time

East Perth vs Swan Districts at Leederville Oval 4:30pm Melbourne Time SportFM

East Fremantle vs Claremont at New Choice Homes Oval 4:30pm Melbourne Time

Bye West Perth

AFL Media Release – AFL Talent Pathway Programs & Second-Tier Football

The AFL has today written to all Clubs to advise of the new model for the AFL Talent Pathway Programs and Second-Tier Football in 2021, in response to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following a review undertaken over the past few months, the AFL Talent Pathway Programs have been remodelled to further align and simplify the talent pathway calendar, to provide Boys’ and Girls’ Programs with the same opportunities for elite development while also increasing their connection to community football.

The Talent Programs will continue to focus on identifying and developing players from across Australia and best preparing them for AFL and AFLW competition with the age groups for all AFL Talent Pathway Programs, including the NAB League Girls and Boys and the NAB AFL / AFLW National Championships, to be re-focussed from U16 and U18 Levels to U17 and U19 in 2021.

The draft age will remain at 18 for both Toyota AFL and NAB AFLW competitions.The Next Generation Academies (NGAs) – targeting Indigenous and multicultural players – will be implemented by the AFL Talent Pathway Team with support from AFL Clubs, while Northern Club Academies (Sydney Swans, GWS GIANTS, Brisbane Lions, Gold Coast SUNS) will be provided with greater responsibility and investment.

 

This broke at 4;35pm more details to come

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Brad Scott to head AFL Victoria

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/brad-scott-to-head-afl-victoria-as-part-of-restructure-20200824-p55ooc.html

 

Former North Melbourne coach Brad Scott will become the new head of AFL Victoria as part of an AFL restructure that will see around 20 per cent of roles at headquarters directly affected.

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