Wanderers fold, GDFA back down to nine clubs

Football

THE Griffith District Football Association is back down to nine clubs after the Yoogali Wanderers officially disbanded.

Wanderers chiefs broke the news at Monday night's association meeting less than a month after renewing efforts to revive last season's GDFA wooden spooners.

A lack of numbers and commitment forced the club's hand, with most players likely to move back to parent club Yoogali FC.

"They're just going to concentrate on their one club, Yoogali FC, to make it successful," GDFA president Mathew Curran said.

The Yoogali Wanderers squad was mostly made up of players from YFC's 2012 reserve grade premiership side but won just one game in 2013.

Their withdrawal means the GDFA first grade will again be a nine-team competition this year, with their place effectively taken by the new Wagga-based entity Eastern Wanderers.

"We're over the moon," Curran said.

"It's going to be a very, very strong comp and we can't wait for it to kick off.

"It's all looking really good, everyone's keen and training the house down.

"You'll have to turn up with your game face on this year or it looks like you'll get spanked. 

"There's some really strong teams going around."

Curran said the release of the draw for this season was imminent, but the Eastern Wanderers were yet to secure a home ground in Wagga.

"There's just been a few alternations that were brought up on Monday night and that should be complete by the end of the week," he said.

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