Rise and fall

AFL CENTRAL Murray will soon conduct the second stage of a review into the operations of football throughout the region – with a promotion and relegation structure a potential idea.

The regional commission will soon meet to look at how the sport is faring, with the health of the Central Murray Football Netball League and Golden Rivers Football League a high priority.

The first stage of the review – conducted in 2015 as part of a regional investigation into the sport that led to the demise of the Mallee Football League – coincided with AFL Victoria's implementation of the player points system and salary cap, limiting the scope of the processes.

The initial report called for a secondary review to occur by 2018, with the implementation of the promotion/relegation system to be investigated.

AFL Central Murray regional general manager, Bruce Petering confirmed the idea of a promotion and relegation system for the area's two leagues is something the commission will consider, as well as a number of other matters.

"It is dependent on what the commission, leagues and clubs see as major issues, and how far or how narrowed the scope of the investigation is," he said.

"Everything is on the table, but this will be determined by the processes and people involved."

If recommended by the commission and approved by the 20 clubs that are based in the area, the 11th-placed side at the end of the CMFNL season will play in the GRFL the following year, replacing the GRFL premiers, who will move to the CMFNL.

AFL Yarra Ranges is currently the only country competition to use a promotion and relegation system, with AFL Barwon and AFL South East in the process of implementing or investigating similar models.

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