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Jordyn Grubisic
Jordyn Grubisic
Jordyn Grubisic is a senior journalist for the North Central Review primarily covering politics at all levels and sport with a particular interest in basketball. Since 2019 she has worked for several publications across Victoria including most recently at the Alexandra Standard and Yea Chronicle. She is always keen to hear from local community members about issues they face and has an interest in crime and court reporting.

Wandong Junior Football Club, WJFC, is looking for coaching staff and players – particularly those to help field an under 16 side for the first time since COVID-19.

WJFC is inviting coaches and assistant coaches for all its teams – under 9s, under 10s, under 12s, under 14s and under 16s.

The club plays in the Goulburn Murray Junior League whose fixture places all sides at the same ground each week, fostering a close community within the club as sides can watch each other play.

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WJFC president Stuart Fraser said it was a small club with four teams with healthy numbers up to under 14s, but they were actively looking to get the under 16s started.

“I know if players can be one-club players from straight out of Auskick right through to senior footy, that’s very important,” he said.

“Being such a small town and club, everyone knows everyone. People know how many games people have played and when the milestones are coming up. You often find the younger kids tend to hang around and watch the older kids a lot more.

“The under 16s are seen as sort of a big deal with the under 9s and under 10s because they’re almost sort of grown men and the games are a lot more physical and played a lot faster.

“That’s the sort of culture with junior clubs – the young kids look up to the older kids so it’s very important to try and get that side up and running for us.

“We’re hoping to recruit from neighbouring clubs or if there are any kids in Wandong that would like to try footy come on down.

“If there are some parents at another club in a different league that may be looking for a change of scenery, or think they could bring a couple of under 16s and would like to apply for the under 16s role, we’re more than happy to sit down and have a chat with anyone.”

Training start dates are flexible with players normally having a run before Christmas to get an idea on numbers with four or five sessions to get together.

Applications or enquiries can be sent to Stuart Fraser at 0403 571 960 or wandongjfc@gmail.com.

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