Tungamah to join MFNL

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Sport -

Tungamah Foot­ball Netball Club along with Shepp East and Katan­dra will play in the Mur­ray Foot­ball Netball League (MFNL) in 2018.

The de­ci­sion was made last Thurs­day fol­low­ing a week of in­tense dis­cus­sions af­ter the club broke away from the Pi­cola and District Foot­ball Netball League (PDFNL).

The last club, Dookie United will join the Kyabram District Foot­ball Netball League.

Tungamah Foot­ball Netball Club was one of four clubs who had de­cided to break away from the Pi­cola and District Foot­ball League in or­der to stay af­fil­i­ated to AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray and AFL Vic­to­ria.

The re­main­ing 13 clubs, in­clud­ing Ren­nie are now com­bined into one Pi­cola league com­pe­ti­tion with 20 rounds, rather than com­pete in two geo­graph­i­cal di­vi­sions as the league has done since 2009.

They, along with the league, will not be af­fil­i­ated to AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray or AFL Vic­to­ria af­ter the league re­jected a re­vised af­fil­i­a­tion agree­ment to AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray last week.

A new draw has been put to­gether with Waaia, Ren­nie, Katunga and Kata­matite to now com­bine with the nine clubs pre­vi­ously in the North West divi­sion in­clud­ing Jer­ilderie, Strath­mer­ton, Pi­cola United, Yar­roweyah, Ber­ri­gan, Tocumwal, De­niliquin Rovers, Blighty and Mathoura. Ren­nie have the first bye this week­end.

The MFNL sea­son started last week­end and the three new clubs, in­clud­ing Tungamah were all given a bye and will com­mence their sea­son this Satur­day.

AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray Re­gion Gen­eral Man­ager Martin Glee­son said whilst the ini­tial in­tent for the four clubs was to re­main to­gether find­ing the best fit for lo­gis­tics and league struc­tures has re­sulted in the four clubs split­ting across two Leagues in the short term.

The so­lace for the clubs is that this is a 2018 sea­son ar­range­ment as a fur­ther study will be un­der­taken dur­ing the sea­son to de­ter­mine the best struc­ture for 2019 and be­yond.

“The Com­mis­sion would like to ac­knowl­edge both the MFL and the KDFNL for their sup­port of the four clubs and in their will­ing­ness over the past week to be ac­com­mo­dat­ing and of­fer as­sis­tance and a place to play foot­ball and netball,” he said

“Most im­por­tantly, the Com­mis­sion would like to con­grat­u­late the key de­ci­sion mak­ers within each of the four clubs for their vi­sion, strength of char­ac­ter and lead­er­ship in what have been an ex­tremely try­ing and dif­fi­cult set of re­cent cir­cum­stances.

“As vol­un­teers, they are the lifeblood of their clubs and the mem­bers, play­ers and sup- porters of the four clubs should be ex­tremely grate­ful for the courage and com­mit­ment that their lead­ers have shown over the past few months.

MFNL gen­eral man­ager Dale Nor­man said the league was open to the dis­cus­sion of the clubs join­ing.

‘‘They (the four PDFNL clubs) have made the de­ci­sion they want to be af­fil­i­ated with AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray,’’ Nor­man said.

‘‘It will be a dras­tic change to the sea­son at a very late stage.’’

Nor­man said the MFNL had cre­ated a draft fix­ture for the changes which will be rat­i­fied at a spe­cial gen­eral meet­ing with clubs this Wednesday night.

The first three rounds for the ex­ist­ing Mur­ray FNL clubs do not change. In Round 2 Shep­par­ton East are sched­uled to host Tungamah and Katan­dra has the bye. In round 1 Shep­par­ton East would have had the bye. Tungamah were sched­uled to play Katan­dra but this game will now be played on the gen­eral bye week­end of July 7.

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