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Local football club withdraws mid-season
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Local football club withdraws mid-season

A Geelong football club has made the decision to withdraw its team from a state competition after just three games, but there is still good news for the players involved.

The club informed its members late Wednesday evening with an official announcement.

“It is with regret that we have to inform you that we have withdrawn our State League 2 Women’s team from the competition for the 2024 season,” the club said in an official statement from president Paul Grzybek.

“Unfortunately, due to insufficient numbers, we have not been able to maintain a viable team.

“The irony is that while our State League women have struggled for numbers, our local Geelong Region women’s team is the exact opposite.

“The club will therefore enter this young development team into the local Geelong Division 1 competition, where the two Lara teams will work together to create an exciting and productive environment for women’s football within our club.”

The decision to withdraw the senior team from the Women’s State League 2 competition is effective immediately, including a forfeit for Friday’s fourth round against table-topper Westgate.

It comes hot on the heels of the club’s relegation from last season’s State League 1 division, following a mass exodus of players that resulted in the Lara Recreation Reserve club being able to field just one team in the State League competitions .

At State 1 level, clubs are required to field a reserve team in addition to a senior team, while clubs at State 2 level are only required to field one team.

“Our team was quite a young team, with a lot of 15-16 year old players making the transition to senior football this year, so a lot of them were in a situation where they couldn’t commit to playing in Melbourne. every second week,” Grzybek explained.

“We have a strategic plan for women’s football at Lara United and it is our expectation that we will want to participate again in the State League in 2025.”

The local Geelong Region competition will complete its four-week assessment phase this weekend, after which the 20 teams will be split into two divisions of 10 teams each.

It will be the largest number of senior women’s teams in the local community competition since its inception more than 17 years ago.