After a constant growth in recent years, Pacific Pines have decided to go down a different route this season.
With a number of teams participating throughout all different age groups, the club has decided that for the 2018 season they would grade their teams in order to give each player the fairest opportunity to play at the correct level.
It has been a lengthy process for the club, who have invested a lot of time and personnel in order to follow through with the process.
However, club President Cheryl Southwood believes it is the best way the club can move forward.
“We decided this season that we wanted to be a bit more competitive across the board and start strengthening our teams. We have had a lot of passionate people help out in getting the process right.”
Although club numbers are slightly down from last season, Southwood believes the early start to the competition as well as the Commonwealth Games have had some impact.
“The early start has definitely made a difference in our numbers so far. There are still a lot of people coming in late looking for spots.”
Pacific Pines have opted for this specific route to compete with the clubs who have had a structure like this in place for years now.
The female program at Pacific Pines is worth highlighting, with a number of teams across multiple age groups having success in recent years.
However, due to the success of the teams as well as the player development, the club has seen multiple female players leave for the NPL pathway.
“We have definitely been impacted with a lot of our girls going to the NPL system. It is hard for us as a club to fill that void but it is great to know we are able to produce the quality needed at the next level,” said Southwood.