VAFA RANKED ONE FOR NEW METRO REP FOOTY COMPETITION

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The VAFA has received the number 1 seeding from AFL Victoria for the new senior metropolitan representative competition to commence in 2014. 
The six senior metropolitan community leagues in Melbourne will meet on the same day in a triple header in March as part of a bienniel carnival to establish the best representative side in metropolitan Melbourne. 
A combined Melbourne Metropolitan side to be coached by former Hawthorn premiership player and Hawthorn coach Peter Schwab will then play against a combined AFL Victoria Country Number 1 team in July. 
The VAFA were given the number 1 seeding ahead of the Eastern Football League who will be seeded number 2. The other seedings are the EDFL #3, the NFL #4, the WRFL #5 and the SFL #6. 
The six competitions will field representative sides in biennial fixture with promotion and relegation according to results. 
VAFA CEO Michael Sholly was excited by the announcement. 
“The VAFA are pleased to be ranked number one and it is a credit to the the standard of football in the competition and our record at representative level” said Mr Sholly.
“We obviously have a very proud record when it comes to representative football and we believe the re-introduction of a metropolitan representative carnival is part of the evolution of representative football at community level.”
“Everyone will be after our number 1 poisition and having won our past two matches against the Eastern Football League we look forward to the challenge they will bring next year” Mr Sholly said.
AFL Victoria General Manager Grant Williams said reintroducing a metropolitan representative carnival to the Victorian football calendar would be a great showcase for community football. 
“In recent years, leagues have played against each other in one off matches but not since 1999 have they played against each other as part of a structured program managed by AFL Victoria”, said Mr Williams.
The planned carnival and matches against the AFL Victoria Country will not affect the VAFA and AFL Victoria Country’s plans to play biennially. The metropolitan carnival matches will be held in alternate years.