AFL in the Northern Rivers region is experiencing great success with the introduction of its new Friday night Super 8s competition.

Players and parents are showing their support for the new concept that kicked-off earlier this month by supporting it in big numbers.

In 2008, AFL Northern Rivers Juniors hosted seven Under-8 teams in its traditional Sunday morning format. This year however, with the program being regionalised to the same venue and time slot, there are now 14 Under-8 teams playing.

Speaking about the increase in junior teams playing, AFL Queensland Game Development Manager Corey Bell said it’s been a great result.

“We trialled the Super 8s concept in a pilot format last year and had great interest. This showed us the community wanted the Super 8s format on a Friday night because it is played at the same time and same location every week. We are overwhelmed by the response we have had this year,” he said.

“A large number of the players who play in the new Friday competition have come through the NAB AFL Auskick program, which gives kids the chance to learn the skills of the game in a fun and safe environment, and with the activities developed specifically for their age and abilities.”

As well as the Under-8s match program on Friday nights, the venue also hosts a Club Auskick program for 5- and 6-year-olds.

The three regionalised venues for the Super 8 competitions are held between 5:30 and 7pm at Wollongbar TAFE and Pottsville Oval, Pottsville, and between 5pm and 6.30pm at Byron Bay Rec Fields.

To find out more about the Super 8s visit the AFLNRJ website www.footyrulez.com or contact Brian Walshe on 0439 003 721, and to find out where your local AFL Auskick program is being held visit www.aflauskick.com.au