Community members with the support of the Golden Plains Shire Council have established a new club that will compete in the Ballarat Football Netball League in 2020.
Following the demise of Smythesdale in recent times, the shire had pushed the creation of a junior entity in the north of its boundaries.
And in just a few months, the dream has become reality.
The Woady Yaloak Football and Netball Club now has its own committee and backing from the BFNL to be part of its under-9 footy competition next year.
Among a number of conditions of entry into the BFNL, the league asked the club to change its Bulldogs branding proposal due to a clash with another side. The Woady Yaloak committee has since settled on "Warriors" as its nickname.
"It is expected the Woady team will compete in the Friday night under-9 competition held in Ballarat with a view to further teams being fielded as the club is established and has growth to allow junior football and netball to integrate into the greater BFNL junior competition," a letter from the BFNL to Woady Yaloak read.
"To compete in higher grades of the BFNL, the club will need to seek formal admittance as a member club of the Ballarat FNL, which is required to be decided by a vote of the current member clubs."
Woady Yaloak president Adam Liversage told The Courier it was a great result for the local communities to have a football and netball club back in the region.
The under-9 teams will essentially become a progression for youngsters involved in Auskick within the district.
"We will start from scratch and see where it leads us," Liversage said.
Liversage said the club could host home games under lights at the upgraded Smythesdale facility and would train predominantly at Haddon.
He said the two under-9 football teams would be complimented by a NetSetGO starter program next year, which would hopefully develop into the inclusion of a netball side in the BFNL by 2021.
The club will hold a come-and-try/registration day at the Haddon ground on February 9, starting at 10am.
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