NEXT season will mark the union of Group 10 and Group 11 first grade teams for the inaugural Western Premiership, but Linore Zamparini wants to see a longer standing rivalry remain too.
While the retention of Group 10 versus Group 11 representative fixtures has not yet been discussed, Group 10 chairman Zamparini is eager to see them remain.
This season marked the first time Group 10 defeated Group 11 in all of under 18s, league tag and opens.
"It certainly is rare to pull off [a sweep], the guys and girls they had playing this year were just keen as and in first grade, the guys that played there were just committed to play that game, they wanted to play that game and it came off pretty good," Zamparini said.
"For sure we'd love the chance to defend those titles and you'd also think Group 11 would want to come back and change things, but hopefully we'll just keep going forward and we'll own it."
This season the Group 10 versus Group 11 fixtures were the only Western region representative clashes that went ahead.
In the past the format has seen a Western cluster approach with teams from Woodbridge Cup and Castlereagh-Barwon League taking part, while there have also been under 23s clashes.
Just what format any future Western region representative carnival takes remains to be seen, but retaining under 18s, league tag and open clashes between Group 10 and Group 11 is something Zamparini sees as important.
"Group 10 versus Group 11, we haven't really discussed that to this point, but I think it is something that should be on the calendar because it's not just a club game - it's the best out of Group 10 and the best out of Group 11," he said. "That goes right back to the 18s and the women as well.
"It's a great rivalry and the players look forward to it so they can get out and win - put our best against their best and try and get the bragging rights for the next 12 months."
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