COLAC District Football League would hold its own playing interleague against its Warrnambool counterpart, Simpson recruit Simon Schrama says.
Schrama, one of the Panmure Bulldogs’ favourite sons, said the standard at the top-end of the CDFL would make the league competitive on the interleague stage.
The 32-year-old shifted from the Bulldogs, in the Warrnambool District Football League, to Simpson during the off-season and has provided value as a key-position player.
He said the Tigers’ matches against Lorne, Birregurra and Apollo Bay suggested the league could take the honours in a CDFL-WDFL clash.
Schrama didn’t play against South Colac in round three.
“I can only comment on who we’ve played against, we’ve played against three or four of the top five or six sides,” he said.
“I’m not sure how the league drops away but going by the teams we’ve played against, it would quite easily match the Warrnambool District league.
“The top players in the Colac league are as good or better as the Warrnambool District league.”
Debate about whether the CDFL should play interleague, and how the league would compare on the state stage, has raged for years.
Interleague football has support of large pockets of CDFL players and coaches.
But despite the concept being a much-talked about issue each season, it has failed to win support at the CDFL annual meeting.
The CDFL contesting the Victorian Country Football League country championships is in the hands of the 11 clubs.
But league chairman Peter Lucas is on record saying top players had to make themselves available to play interleague, otherwise it was a pointless exercise.
“If we have four or five out of the top 20 in the league that won’t play then we’re not interested,” he said last year.
The WDFL is also a non-participant in interleague football.
Schrama said the close nature of season 2012 made the CDFL an appealing league to play in.
The season is yet to have a 100-point blowout and is one of only a handful across country Victoria which can make that claim.
“It’s good to come to a competition that is so even. There are no easy games by the sounds of things,” Schrama said.
“I haven’t played against those other sides but if you’re not on your game you’re going to lose,” he said.