Published on September 20, 2018 10:45 am

V/Line Cup returns in 2018

Country Victoria’s most talented male and female junior footballers are preparing to put their skills to the test this month when the annual V/Line Cup kicks off next week.

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Former Western Bulldogs player Brett Goodes was in attendance at Ararat’s Alexandra Oval last night to officially launch season 2018.

AFL Victoria’s premier junior regional championships is set to be bigger and better than ever, with more than 600 participants set to pull on the boots from September 24-27.

Returning to Latrobe City for the fourth consecutive year, the four-day development carnival brings together the most talented regional footballers and umpires to showcase their skills against the top performers in their age group.

With teams hailing from over eight different country regions participating in this year’s carnival, AFL Victoria CEO Steven Reaper said the V/Line Cup was a great opportunity to focus on the development of the next generation of AFL stars.

“AFL Victoria is delighted to welcome back another year of the V/Line Cup which has become a highly-anticipated event for many junior players in country Victoria,” Reaper said.

“For many competing at these championships, the V/Line Cup is a stepping stone to AFL Victoria’s mainstream talent pathways, with many AFL and AFL Women’s players using the event as a springboard for their AFL careers.

“The beauty about the V/Line Cup is that it focusses on the development of players which provides the best opportunity for this year’s participants to take the next step towards an AFL career.”

Now in its fifteenth year as the official naming rights partner of the carnival, V/Line has contributed extensively in providing the opportunity for young players to challenge themselves against the best in their age group across regional Victoria.

V/Line CEO James Pinder said V/Line was thrilled to be supporting young people across the regions.

“The V/Line Cup not only provides young players with a pathway to the AFL but teaches them leadership and teamwork to make them great ambassadors for their community,” Mr Pinder said.

“At V/Line we’re all about being involved in the communities we serve and sponsoring the V/Line Cup is just another extension of that.”

In addition, the V/Line Cup also provides an important development pathway for young umpires, with selected umpires hailing from the V/Line Umpire Academy.

Each of the 44 umpires selected to take part in the 2018 V/Line Cup have been carefully chosen from a pool of over 450 participants in the V/Line Umpire Academy – a program designed to develop and mentor talented up-and-coming umpires across Victoria.

The 2018 V/Line Cup will kick off on Monday September 24, with the final day held on Thursday September 27.

Keep up to date with all the latest news across the week via the hashtag #VLineCup18

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