AFL Western District's decision to delay changes to junior team capping is a great result for the local community, according to Western Victoria MP James Purcell.
Yesterday the AFL body announced its decision to delay implementation of recommendations from the junior football review for the 2018 season and consult with clubs over their concerns.
"I want to congratulate our local clubs for standing up and making their case against these changes," said Mr Purcell.
"If it wasn't for them change wouldn't happen, and now we have the added bonus of bringing consultation into the process. This gives great opportunity for all involved in junior football in our region to have their say on how we can improve the game and make it more inclusive for our kids."
Mr Purcell raised the capping issue with the Sports Minister and in Parliament last week, calling for intervention to stop the capping restrictions. The 11 clubs that make up the Hampden League had also engaged legal counsel to appeal the decision.
"As a community it's important that we take advantage of all avenues of protest to ensure that the issues for our region are heard.
"With an election coming in November we are in a good position to get support for projects and issues in the south west, and I intend to take full advantage to get bipartisan support on a number of local issues," he said.
FOOTBALL's top body has backflipped on its decision to implement recommendations from its controversial junior review. AFL Western District on Wednesday night revealed it would place the recommendations on hold for the 2018 season. The statement, from region general manager Kate Williamson, said the decision to hold the recommendations was made as "a number of new matters have come to the fore".
The fight to stop the region's top football body enforcing a cap on junior player numbers has reached state parliament. Member for Western Victoria James Purcell on Thursday called on Victoria's sport minister to intervene after his office was flooded with concern about the cap.