Interleague is back for another year, this time better than ever with preparations underway for the 2017 Carnival.
This year, the South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) will feature six mixed sides (Div 1 and Div 2 teams from U13, 14 and 15), and for the first time ever, will feature two U15 Girls teams after previously only having one team.
Top talent from the SMJFL will be on display during the Interleague carnival, with teams set to compete against other Metropolitan Melbourne leagues across the Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
SMJFL Head of Coaching David ‘Sherro’ Sheridan has high hopes for this year’s carnival, and what our kids will produce.
“They are incredibly talented kids, all of them are talented,” he said.
“Here, [the kids] are playing against the best in the league. We get them to do a lot of skill base work and we run practice games, where we get to look at all of it… often we’ll play them in positions they aren’t familiar with, but we look for flexibility in kids as well.
“They get to train and play amongst the very best in the league, so we think that can only be very good for their development.”
Along with building the skills and knowledge of the future football stars, the interleague program also educates players on integrity and good sportsmanship.
Sherirdan believes these values are key to improvement among kids, and allows them to become more well-rounded sportsmen.
“Attitude, effort, respect and commitment are at the centre of what we do… we base our program around those four core values,” he said.
Players are not the only ones given the opportunity to grow within the program, with coaches also learning plenty from the experience.
Interleague coaches will enjoy new opportunities in 2017, with the chance to work alongside different coaches, and move into different age groups.
Players and coaches are now a couple months into the program, and are working hard to prepare the best side by the carnival.