South Warrnambool president Steve Harris thrilled with outcome of junior review

THRILLED: South Warrnambool president Steve Harris has applauded AFL Western District for its decision to postpone the junior review. Picture: Christine Ansorge

THRILLED: South Warrnambool president Steve Harris has applauded AFL Western District for its decision to postpone the junior review. Picture: Christine Ansorge

A DOGGED campaign team of Hampden league presidents which involved a high-profile lawyer has applauded AFL Western District’s decision to shelve its junior review.

South Warrnambool president Steve Harris, who led the campaign and engaged lawyer Justin Quill on an appeal case against the review’s recommendations, said the decision boded well for junior football.

Harris was one of 11 presidents who denounced the review – particularly the 26-player junior cap and 16-a-side concept with five on the bench – last month.

“We strongly feel this is in the best interests of junior football in this region, and it’ll maximise kids’ participation opportunities for this coming season,” Harris said.

“That’s what we should all be striving to achieve.”

The first-year president, who took the reins from Andrew Hardiman, revealed he was excited for talks with AFL Western District regarding the review over the course of the year. “We look forward to having meaningful dialogue towards any potential changes,” he said.