Cooly-Tweed team to enter SAFL
THE Summerland Australian Football League will expand to six teams in 2010 with the Coolangatta-Tweed Heads Blues set to join the competition.
Blues treasurer Grant McKenzie has also revealed plans for the club to move a Queensland AFL State League triple-header to the Far North Coast for its home fixture against Burleigh Heads in July.
A Far North Coast venue would host the Coolangatta-Tweed Heads v Burleigh first and reserve grade games, with the Blues’ Summerland AFL fixture as the opener.
Australian Football on the Far North Coast could use a boost and McKenzie envisages the triple-header as the perfect opportunity.
“It would be a great way to promote the game in the area, hopefully we could draw a big crowd,” he said.
“Summerland has been kind enough to let us in to their competition, so we feel it is our duty to support football in the region.”
McKenzie also realises that clubs north of the Tweed have drained a lot of talent from the Far North Coast over the years, and he hopes his club can help repay the region.
“We have had plenty of Summerland players come and play for Coolangatta in the past, so we have a fair idea of the competition down there,” he said.
“I think entering a club is a good fit for both parties; it will bring the competition up to six teams and give us a good tough grounding forour youngsters.”
The Blues’ Summerland AFL side will be an Under-23 development squad, which will act as a feeder to its Queensland AFL State League side.
The Summerland AFL competition starts April 10.