Camden Cats Senior AFL Club – Season 2022
AFL Sydney and Camden Cats Senior AFL Club – Joint Statement:
AFL Sydney and the Camden Cats Senior AFL Club have determined it is in the best interests of the club’s ongoing development that their senior men’s first grade and reserve grade teams be entered into the Platinum Division and Platinum Division Reserves competitions in season 2022.
Camden have indicated their intention to re-join the Premier Division competition in subsequent seasons.
AFL Sydney will continue to work closely with Camden, aligned junior pathway clubs, GWS GIANTS and key stakeholders in south-west Sydney to address current challenges with the aim to ensure a competitive and sustainable Premier Division Club from the region.
As a result of this decision, the AFL Sydney men’s Premier Division and Premier Division Reserves competitions will comprise of nine teams in 2022.
The League acknowledges the strategic importance of greater western Sydney to grow AFL and are committed to strengthening AFL in south-west Sydney and the Macarthur region. Having the south-west Sydney region represented again in the Premier Division competition is a high priority and the League continues to see the Camden Cats as the incumbent Premier Division club.
To further support the development of talented junior players across south-west Sydney and the Macarthur region and Camden’s rebuild plan, the Camden Cats Senior AFL Club will continue to participate in the 10-team Under 19s Division One competition during the 2022 season.
AFL Sydney supports Camden’s ongoing involvement in the Under 19’s Division One competition as a key component of their plan to re-enter the Premier Division competition, as they continue to provide opportunities for talent in the region to play Under 19s at the highest level.
AFL Sydney wishes to thank the Camden Cats for their contribution to Premier Division since entering the competition in 2018. We look forward to working closely with the club over the coming years.