Merger looms for trio

Consolidation the only option for Magpies, Swans and Bats

THE major aspect of the ongoing review into the Ovens and King Football Netball League by AFL North East Border (AFLNEB) has come to a head, with Goorambat, Swanpool and Tatong facing a three-way merge.

AFLNEB region general manager John O’Donohue said other options had been considered, but ultimately they were found to be unviable.

“We asked the clubs to start considering their options back in July, and basically the only options they chose to explore were new leagues and new divisions,” O’Donohue said.

“We looked into those scenarios and found there was no interest (from outside leagues), and on top of that it doesn’t solve the problem that we have, which is a shortage of players.

“Every club in the league has agreed that this is an issue that needs to be addressed, and it comes back to the fact we have to consolidate those clubs.

“We didn’t go into this with any preconceived ideas.”

While nothing has been decided in terms of whether the proposed merger will go ahead, O’Donohue outlined AFLNEB’s plan for the new franchise.

“We needed a club to build around, and we felt that Goorambat was best placed,” he said.

“There have been no decisions on names or brands – it won’t just be called Goorambat.”

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