Club statement: Aspley to join the QAFL in 2022

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Aspley Hornets Football Club has advised the AFL and AFL Queensland of its intention to join the QAFL in 2022 and withdraw its license from the VFL competition.

After a very thorough examination of many factors, the board decided it was in the best interests of the football club to reluctantly withdraw from the 2nd tier national competition and focus on community football in Qld.

The move will see the Hornets field a senior, reserves and colts team in the QAFL.

Alongside their Bond University QAFLW teams, Aspley will now provide a clear pathway for their aspiring talent and strong junior base which starts from NAB AFL Auskick and from next year will go all the way through to the Queensland state league competitions.

Aspley Hornets President Keith Hill said:
“Playing in the VFL this season has been hugely challenging due to a number of issues including the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. After a lengthy decision making process, the board has come to this decision which is to the benefit of the entire football club.”
 
As disappointing as it Is to withdraw from the VFL competition after only one year, we are now excited to be participating in the highest standard of community football in Qld.
 
Being in both the QAFL and QAFLW competitions we look forward to re -establishing the Hornets as a powerhouse in Australian Rules Football in Qld.”
 
Head of AFL Queensland, Trisha Squires said:
“Our QAFL competition continues to go from strength to strength and it’s standing as a genuine state league is building.
 
“The inclusion of Aspley will see the competition expand to 12 teams in season 2022, and only further strengthens the QAFL competition.
 
“When a footballer starts at Aspley with NAB AFL Auskick, they can now aspire to playing with the Hornets in the QAFL or QAFLW, demonstrating Aspley’s commitment to providing participation pathways from juniors through to seniors.”
 
“When a footballer starts at Aspley with NAB AFL Auskick, they can now aspire to playing with the Hornets in the QAFL or QAFLW, demonstrating Aspley’s commitment to providing participation pathways from juniors through to seniors.”
 
The Board of Directors and the football operations team will begin work immediately to secure strong off field coaching and support staff and begin the process of merging both the VFL and QFA playing lists into a strong QAFL list for season 2022.
 
We look forward to all our members continuing to support our senior football teams in 2022 and beyond.