SUNRAYSIA and Millewa football and netball clubs are being encouraged to to join the AFL Victoria Country and Netball Victoria ‘#CountryClubChallenge’ and stay connected during the COVID-19 crisis.

The #CountryClubChallenge is a private community page made up of all AFL Victoria Country and Netball Victoria teams for a competition that sets out to promote interaction between the clubs.

The major prize for the winning club will be a three-day experience with an AFL player and an elite netballer visiting the club.

WorkSafe Victoria, as the proud partner of AFL Vic Country since 2002 and the Country Netball League since 2005, supports clubs driving their player and fan engagement during the current suspension period of play. 

#CountryClubChallenge brings out the competitive spirit in clubs and communities, by encouraging them to achieve several social interactions across five key pillars – skills sessions, fitness, community support, supporting your club and elite talent integration. 

Carlton young gun and #CountryClubChallenge supporter, Paddy Dow, who grew up on his family’s fruit farm in Swan Hill, hoped all country clubs would get involved in the challenge, with weekly surprise and delight prizes and an overall prize up for grabs. 

“I’m taking part in the challenge to hopefully bring players, fans and clubs together during the shutdown,” he said.

“Getting around each other is important and I can’t wait to get back with my mates playing footy.

 “We need to stick together more than ever now and hopefully this helps.”

Dow will be taking part in the challenge and uploading his videos to the private Facebook page.

General Manager Netball Participation, Melanie Taylor said: “Country clubs are the lifeblood of their communities. 

“It’s great that we can stick together and have some fun. We’re glad to partner with AFL Victoria and WorkSafe Victoria on the challenge.” 

The competition starts today and will run until Sunday, June 28. Head to the AFL Victoria website for more.