AFL Victoria is partnering with beyondblue to start conversations, reduce stigma and increase support-seeking for anxiety, depression and suicide prevention within the football community.
This follows research across the state where football clubs identified that mental health was one of the leading priorities for both players and supporters.
In partnership with beyondblue, AFL Victoria, the EDFL and our clubs are working towards educating the football community on mental health and wellbeing.
To kick off the partnership, we are proud to announce the first ever beyondblue Round over this weekend, with a number of initiatives planned.
Talking about mental health is a game changer and we all have the opportunity to make a difference to mental health in Australia.
A key objective is to make mental health part of everyday conversations.
If you or someone you know needs to talk things through, then please use the beyondblue support services. Mental health professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can call 1300 22 4636 or visit beyondblue.org.au/get-support.
With Strathmore Community Bank Premier Division in the middle of a split Round 5, Essendon Ford Division 1 playing Round 5 this weekend and Strathmore Community Bank Division 2 playing Round 6, it’s amazing that one quarter of the 2018 season is already completed.
There have been a number of unexpected results and we have seen clubs performing better and worse than pre-season predictions.
Reviewing the results from the eight tipsters in The Footballer, their combined performance to date this year has been a success rate of 74.3 per cent.
It will be interesting to see if their accuracy improves from selecting three winners from every four matches over the course of the year.
With a scheduled bye in the EDFL Women’s competition last week, we took the opportunity to review Rounds 1 to 4 of this first ever stand-alone competition.
Of the 13 teams competing, 10 have recorded both wins and losses, which is an encouraging start.
After evaluation, we have decided that all 13 clubs will play in the one division for the home-and-away season, meaning every club will play all other teams once and have one bye.
We believe this is the fairest decision for the competition this year, with further analysis to determine the approach moving forward into 2019.
The structure of the EDFL Women's Finals Series for 2018 will be confirmed and communicated soon.
Good luck for the weekend.