There will be more than just a change of name for the former Nambour Football Club in 2017, with the newly established Hinterland Blues today being granted entry into the QFA Division 3 competition for 2017.
Having spent last season in the former seniors only Sunshine Coast QAFA B competition, the Blues will expand to seniors and reserves and will travel down the Bruce Highway to take on the likes Pine Rivers, Griffith Moorooka and Victoria Point.
With over 40 players having already put pen to paper, the Blues elevation now gives the Sunshine Coast/Hinterland region a presence in the QFA outside of the Division 1 competition, where it will be represented by Maroochydore, Noosa and Caloundra.
AFL Queensland State Football Operations Manager, Barry Gibson, said the Hinterland Blues put forward a compelling case to step back up to competing at the senior and reserve grade level.
“The rebranded Hinterland Blues are going through some significant changes across the club and such changes have certainly attracted players already.
“With such strong representation in the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland region at the Division1 level, we felt the Blues entry into the QFA was a good fit in respect to being attractive to players not wanting to compete at the higher level”, Gibson said.
The elevation of the Blues has paved the way for some future positive announcements about the newly formed Wide Bay/Sunshine Coast competition.