Panmure and Dennington are calling for junior players ahead of their round one clash on April 10 at Dennington Recreation Reserve.
Bulldogs junior coordinator John Bant said his club's under 18 and under 15 football teams were both about 10 players short.
He said the under 12.5 team was also in need of players.
Panmure was struggling for juniors this time last year in the lead up to a season which was ultimately cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Bant said he'd been going door-to-door in places such as Purnim, Cudgee, Allansford, Framlingham and Garvoc to try and attract interest.
He knows there are not many kids around those areas and has been trying to get Warrnambool-based players interested.
Bant said the Bulldogs could guarantee players a full game while other clubs may not be able to.
He said the club was happy to offer Warrnambool players the opportunity to carpool.
Panmure junior training is on Wednesday 5.30pm this week.
Training will be each Thursday at 5.30pm from next week.
Bant said Panmure had a proud history and youngsters were the future of the club.
"We've been going for 100 years, this year," he said.
"So we're looking to keep going for a lot longer."
He said the Bulldogs' senior team had half a dozen promising young players which had come through the junior program.
Bant said those interested should contact him or get in touch on the club's Facebook page.
Dennington president Anthony Dowd said the Dogs needed more under 15s and 18s players. "We've always managed to fill teams, this year just seems to be a lot harder," he said.
"Just with the kids having 12 months off and we've lost kids to basketball and other sports and I think that might be the case across football."
Dowd said, following upcoming cricket grand finals, junior training would be Tuesday and Thursday.
Under 12.5 and under 15 will be at 4.45pm and under 18 at 5.30pm.