• Help us survive

    SWANPOOL coach Darby Morrison believes the Ovens and King Football League needs to adopt a two-tiered competition in order for struggling clubs like his own to survive.

    The Swans are without a win so far in 2013, with their six losses coming by an average of 218 points.

    But they are not alone, with almost half of the matches – 19 of 42 – played this season decided by more than 100 points.

    Morrison said a system similar to that employed by the Picola and District Football Netball League, which is split geographically into two divisions with eight teams in each, could be the answer to an increasingly lopsided competition.

    “The league is looking at ourselves and Tatong and the issues we have, but it’s something that all clubs are affected by,” Morrison said.

    “It’s happening throughout Vic country.

    “The Ovens and King is a great league, but in order to continue that we need to work out how best to grow it, and if you look at the two-tiered system they have in the Picola league, it makes sense and works well.

    “If you go back to the original Benalla and District League you had clubs there like Violet Town and Longwood, and travel is a big factor for those clubs as well, so I think it’s definitely something that should be looked at.”

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