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Can’t believe BDAFA celebrating 70 years

SAYING he grew up with the Bankstown District Amateur Football Association (BDAFA) after a 35-year spell with Panania Diggers, Picnic Point’s Paul Edmunds, 52, said he was looking forward to the end of season event when BDAFA’s 70th anniversary will be celebrated.

Still a Premier League player, though this year has opted to play in the Reserve squad, Edmunds said one of the highlights was when BDAFA formed Bankstown United FC giving the younger players a pathway to play against other NPL clubs in 2015.
“BDAFA has a reputation for being very competitive and producing strong teams with division winners often featuring in the champion of champions competition,” he said.
“I think that is a reflection on how well run BDAFA is, along with its great facilities and people enjoying playing in it.”
With son Mitchell, 21, now playing for Bankstown United FC, and daughter Renae, 18, a previous player but now a champion baton twirler, football has been a really family affair in the Edmunds household.
“One of the reasons I still do it at 52, apart from the fact that training and playing, along with some Joey coaching, keeps me fit, is that I enjoy the camaraderie of the team, the club and the association,” Edmunds added.
Likewise, Gary Moore, 51, has been involved with BDAFA since he started playing with Milperra Lions as a four-year-old, with this year his first not playing after his PL2 team with Panania Diggers, did come back after Covid.
“I played Reps as a junior, won two gold medals as Player of the Year and my U8s team won the State Championships,” he said.
“BDAFA is the leading association and has always had a strong Premier League competition to which the juniors always aspire; it’s amazing to think it is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.”