Usually the scheduling is done this way so that the u12's being later in the day gets a bigger crowd in the place with the hope that some will stay around for the following games - Prems and O35's...
This works for Grand Final days in some districts as the u15's & 16's don't usually draw big crowds whereas the younger age groups u9's - 12's has all family, grandparents, uncles & aunts, etc. This gets the crowds up later in the day and around lunchtime ($$$) as compared to big crowds for the 9am game and no-one for the rest of the day...
Last Edit: Jul 16, 2010 17:02:52 GMT 10 by Redcard
Post by origgiddyup on Jul 16, 2010 18:54:55 GMT 10
Yes great that we have some granville teams in the finals.
But we are so far behind in our thoughts and scheduling.
It is pure bloody stupid to have a higher level and standard ,e.g u 15 ,two of the better comp teams in the state playing at 9.00am on a sunday and then have u9s and u12s playing in the afternoon before the premier league,!
It is insulting to the u 15 players,to be playing before the u9s,ludicrous!!
Some officials need to stop thinking too much,and do the common sense thing!!
Districts such as Gladesville used to have every U/15, 16 match played at 9am as this was the age for the new referees who would then be free to referee the younger matches. This worked very well until the abuse took it's toll and a fair % gave it away. Also the thought used to be that the 15s and 16s weren't in the habit of getting drunk on Friday nights so 9 am was not seen as a problem.
Post by origgiddyup on Jul 17, 2010 8:37:33 GMT 10
u 14 ,u 15 , u16, are only a year or two away from seniors,
some work on friday nights at mcdonalds etc some watch dvds and play computer games until late on fri,sat nights,
Dont assume ,all kids are the same,very few junior football players would be underage drinking on friday nights!
I dont think u9s,10,11s would be staying up as late as the older kids do you?
We want football to improve in austalia and become more professional,to showcase this age level playing at there best a later start will give them more chance of doing that.
Also gives more spectators a chance to see the up and coming kids and for the kids who have achieved by making these finals ,a chance to play in front of slightly bigger crowds,which they deserve,you cant compare an u9 game with an u16 game,think about it!!
Post by origgiddyup on Jul 17, 2010 8:56:53 GMT 10
P.s. I know a lot of these problems come back to money,the lack of grounds,and referees etc,helps determine start times, but u9 before older kids !!!
Also another concern is ,I know a lad that is a very good player,went to trial in England,struggled, do you know why?
Because he grew up at a time and age in Australia playing football ,on dry grounds when a sprinkle of rain etc and the council closes the grounds etc.
He had hardly if ever played on wet ,soggy pitches,he had no idea!
When I and many other players where younger,I remember playing in the rain and mud and loving it!
When I was older I didnt enjoy it as much,but I was used to it,so when I played in those conditions in seniors ,I had some idea of how to play in those conditions!
There are a number of things that we can improve on,on numerous levels,to help make football the number sport in australia,like it is in most of the rest of the World!
And it all starts at the grass roots and junior levels!
**another p.s. another thing the amount of youth games,I have seen wher a player gets injured,and I am talking 14,15,16,so the kids are travelling at speed! the player comes off no medical kit,no ice packs,etc, on the bench,bloody ridiclous
On top of that these kids have had to pay rego etc,the club might have spent money on more woodchips etc lol,but cant look after the players!!its laughable
Saw the u12's play - Castle Hill was a minute away from victory when a wicked bounce levelled the scores. CHU found the net in extra time but for an offside call to rule that out as well before APIA won the game in penalties... Well done CHU - brave effort...