With round 9 now behind us season is moving downhill to the Finals.
The GSFLW season has only a few matches left – four rounds to be exact until the women have a three match finals series culminating in the GSFLW Grand Final on the 13th of August at Goolwa Oval and punctuated in early July with the South Australian Country Championships.
The GSFL competition has a few more weeks to run after the Country Championships – which are being held in the Barossa Valley – followed by five rounds of matches and then a four week finals series, with this year’s Grand Final being hosted by Willunga Football Club on September 23rd.
With this much football left to play there is still time for some teams to make a play and sneak in to their respective competition’s top 4 or 5 on the ladder and make a difference to the way things might pan out in season 2023.
A few player movements numbers for those interested in these kind of statistics for the 2023 Season.
32 female players have changed Clubs within the GSFL – and this may be due to several factors including Mount Compass not having any teams, Strathalbyn unable to field an A-Grade Women’s side and the amalgamation of Yankalilla and Encounter Bay along with Myponga-Sellicks entering the GSFLW competitions.
The GSFLW grades saw 31 players move into the League from other Leagues to join or rejoin a GSFLW Club.
GSFL players, of all ages, that moved from one GSFL Club to another numbered 40 this season which loosely amounts to 4 players per club.
New or returning male players moving into the League in 2023 has been recorded as 192 from all Leagues from across the State and further afield.
Of these the biggest contributing Leagues were the Southern Football League (41 players), SANFL and SANFL Juniors with 33 and the Hills Football League with 32 players. (Note: this player movement was across all ages).
Moving out of our League to play elsewhere were 41 GSFLW players and of those 13 players went to the SANFLW most for the first time and nearly all to South Adelaide. Taking aside the players that played with the SANFL – as most of these were permitted back to their or other GSFLW teams – makes a net gain to the League from outside.
GSFL players moving to other Leagues was broken down as follows; 39 players to Southern Football League, 33 to the Hills Football League 30 to the Adelaide Football League and 71 to a whole host of other Leagues with 9 to AFL Masters and notably 2 to the Scottish Australian Rules Football League!
The SANFL accounted for 30 of our best GSFL talent, and like the girls these players were mostly permitted back into their respective Clubs.
With all the ins and outs people may wonder if this is normal?
Yes it is – with player movements each year reasonably consistent and that also levels out with players who choose to retire, while Auskickers and Moddies players just starting out in the sport keep our League strong – with numbers slightly on the up this season.
Good luck to all teams – we’re looking forward to seeing some good old fashioned footy in these wintery conditions this round.