Squad based football at grass roots level is a joke. Firstly only a few clubs have enough players to fill the squads and if last year is an example you could not call it Premier League quality (bar one or 2 teams). Squad based is more about the ego of a few clubs. Counter is right that many of those players who were playing 2 games were suffering multiple soft tissue injuries and I don't blame them for walking away. If Granville can run a 6 or 8 team comp good luck to them but don't enter an inferior and understrength squad just to satisfy your club's delusion of grandeur.
What grandeur are you referring to? Fact is our group of boys want to play together and this can only be achieved through having a squad. We’ve been chipping away at it for years and we’ve built a good culture with a great group of boys. This has nothing to do with status.
Premier league has always been squad based and should always be! simple as that.
"Fact is our group of boys want to play together and this can only be achieved through having a squad."
Interesting argument - then why is every other grade in Granville team based? Do they not want to play together?
What other grade in Granville has the ability to house 30 guys in one team as is the case currently in prems? Answer is none. Boys want to stay together and not split up into 2 teams. Not sure what’s so difficult to understand about that or the reasoning behind us wanting squad football.
Sorry Chosen One but squad based Premier League is unsustainable and you are missing the big picture. Where do you think the future squads are coming from when last year only 6 out of 23 Granville clubs participated. At the same time Granville lost approximately 80 youth players including the best team in the state – why because they wanted to stay as a team and play at the highest level. This is the same reason Pendle Hill did so well in winning the Premier League in 2018 because that was a single team who had basically been together for years. When Premier League went back to squad in 2019 Pendle Hill did not do well because they had to prop up a squad with a limited number of extra players. This resulted in a lot of their better players getting injured because they were playing 2 games every week. Unfortunately because there is no u21 comp and youth players are going elsewhere, there is little chance of good players making it to future Premier League teams. The status quo may remain for a couple of years with the same clubs playing each other over and over again in a six team comp (boring). However, without youth teams coming through it will eventually die unless it reverts to one team or co-joins with another district (forget Bankstown that didn’t work). Clubs like yours could enter 2 teams to make up the numbers but other clubs in the district need to be given the opportunity to play as well with one team – otherwise Granville run the risk of losing more players as many are reluctant to join a new club if they have been at one club for many years. If you want to play quality squad based football in the future you may have to strengthen your squad and look at State League or move to Sutherland District. The real focus of clubs should be on nurturing their youth players so they continue to have a future in the game (possibly an u23 comp as a stepping stone?).
Further to my previous post maybe to sustain a form of Premier League in the future is to follow the National standard. Have an u23 Premier League and Premier League both single team based. This may encourage more good youth players coming through rather than deter many from having to make a huge jump in one go. Just a suggestion.
Should have kept the single team PL, it only serves as a barrier to entry for all the other clubs that may be able to put a team in. The main sentiment here is that a 6 team comp is a joke - with half of those 6 unable to field a full 2 teams each week. Make it easier for clubs to compete, reduce the numbers, allow more transfers of players between PL and other divisions if you have to. get to at least a 10 club single team comp for a few years before adding in the concept of squads. There just arent enough senior players in the district.
We had a single team format in 2018 and only 7 teams participated so not that great. With the squad format it gives player who would otherwise leave the district searching to play premier leage the option of staying. Making it a single team comp does not solve anything, it just limits players. Not like we went from a 10 team competition down to 6...
Then it went backwards last year. Im only coming from a clubs perspective that wants to put in a PL team, having to build a squad as opposed to a single team is a huge hurdle to overcome. I've got nothing against having the squads and would like to see them, but having them as a mandatory component for new club entries is going to limit its growth.
A few clubs are running so called 'squads' but having 2 teams essentially. getting 30 players is tough, but maybe an option of combining 2 separate teams may help. Eg Current prems, youth, All Age ( if they want to make the move etc )
I think part of the problem lies in BJTHEDJ 's comment of where are the players going to come from in the next few years? no 21's comp and a very poor Youth comp will lead to youth age players leaving Granville or just not playing. to say that ALL these players should join a PL squad to make up the numbers just means a poor quality PL comp.
With Granvilles big anniversary season in 2020 plenty needs to be done to shore up the Div 1 comps across all ages to make sure there is a future for clubs who want to put competitive teams in. There will always be a game for players who aren't up to Div 1 but if you don't promote/grow your Div 1 comps then forget any type of Pl in the future
rumour has it the pl squad who won the hills comp are looking at moving to a new comp..they have won the gladsville district and now hills comp and are looking for a treble of associations . they call them selves the bushboys from kenthurst (kenthurst fc)..any1 else know anything about this news. possibly to to dundas united..
Looks like a 6-8 team comp with pendo most likely pulling out. Hearing they have lost some players to other clubs and dont have numbers for the squad format. It would be ideal if we had a 10 team comp but maybe im asking for too much haha. Wondering if any clubs would be open to versing each other in a few friendly matches before the season starts? would be great to see it happen.
Guest I would be betting on a 6 team comp at this stage. some teams have indicated they would like to play PL but are struggling with numbers for a squad. If Clubs put in for PL with not enough players you will have the same problem as last season with a few pull outs and poor quality football. Better to have 6 full squads