AFL Victoria Country
AFL Victoria Country is an Australian rules football governing body with jurisdiction over the state of Victoria outside of metropolitan Melbourne on behalf of AFL Victoria. As well as administering and promoting the code in the regions, it often arbitrates disputes in areas such as player clearances and club movements between country leagues, and may also be called upon as a higher authority of appeal. The organisation was formed as a result of a merger between Victorian Country Football League (VCFL) and AFL Victoria in November 2012.
The then-VCFL aired telecasts beginning in 2010 on C31 Melbourne, along with Geelong Football League and Geelong & District Football League. The women's netball coverage also was broadcast on community TV in 2010.
Victorian Country Championships
It also organises the interleague Victorian Country Football Championships, which is organised on a divisional system. Since 2004 each pool has been decided at a carnival round-robin competition at one venue over a single weekend, with each of the four sides playing the others in matches of two twenty-minute halves. The team on top of the ladder, based on points (4 for a win, 2 for a draw) and then percentage (points scored over points conceded) after these three matches, was declared the winner. The winning league earns the right to hold the Ash-Wilson Trophy.
Pool A Winners:
- 2003: Goulburn Valley FL
- 2004: Geelong FL
- 2005: Goulburn Valley FL (venue: Kardinia Park, Geelong)
- 2006: Ovens & Murray FL (venue: Lavington Sports Ground, Lavington, New South Wales)
In 2006 the Ballarat Football League, the Goulburn Valley Football League (the 2005 champion), the Ovens & Murray Football League and the West Gippsland Latrobe Football League competed in Division One of the championships. Due to their performance in 2005, the Geelong Football League was eligible to enter a side but declined to do so, citing logistical reasons.
Leagues not represented in the top four pools of four may participate in other interleague matches organised by the VCFL.
On occasion, a Victoria Country representative side may be selected to play in one-off fixtures against other representative teams such as interstate counterparts or the Victorian Amateur Football Association, as well as the Australian Country Football Championships.
- "Around the Regions". AFL Annual Report 2013. Australian Football League. p. 102. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
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