Football, netball unity

THE district's two neighbouring football and netball leagues have agreed to create an amalgamated board.

MERGER. The Golden Rivers and Central Murray boards will amalgamate to manage football and netball across both leagues.

MERGER. The Golden Rivers and Central Murray boards will amalgamate to manage football and netball across both leagues.

Central Murray Football Netball League and Golden Rivers Football Netball League voted to merge their boards at a meeting of club presidents and delegates last week.At this stage, clubs from both leagues have voted for a two-year trial of the new amalgamated board.

The newly incorporated body 'Central Murray and Golden Rivers Leagues' will be governed by the 'Central Rivers Board'.

This is the latest step in restructuring following a review by the regional AFL Central Murray Commission.

The leagues will share one constitution, with common by-laws, but will have separate competition rules for both football and netball.

Five representatives from each league will form the Central Rivers Board.

Clubs have already accepted nominations for four board representatives for each of the leagues.

Central Murray will be represented by John Brookshaw, John Keely, Gavin Hore, and Neil Mesley.

Greg Bear, Scott McNeil, Zoe Ferrier and Ross Stanton are the group selected so far for Golden Rivers.

The remaining one board spot for each of the leagues will be filled by the commencement of the 2019 season.

In August last year, clubs were presented with the Final Review Recommendations, with one of the recommendations being to merge the two league boards.

On Wednesday night, all but one club voted to accept all the review recommendations.

Many months of work by the Review Working Party, AFL Central Murray Commission and the two league boards have gone into this process.

GRFNL board chairman Greg Bear was upbeat about the advantages of the new shared board.

"This amalgamation will bring some unity to football and netball (in) our region. It will create efficiency which will allow us to provide additional support to our clubs," he said.

His CMFNL counterpart John Brookshaw was equally confident in the benefits of the merger.

"This is a positive step towards the better management and the better governance of our sport," he said.

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