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Leagues merge

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February 17, 2017

Jacqui Hudgson’s GVNL presidency has come to an end having spent seven years in the top job in two stints, as well as being on the executive since 2000.

The Goulburn Valley Netball League is no more after officially merging with the region’s football competition under a new name.

Clubs voted unanimously to unite the football and netball bodies to create the Goulburn Valley League on Wednesday night.

Separate football and netball delegate meetings were organised, with the 12 netball clubs needing just a six-minute conference to vote in favour of the merger.

The football delegates’ meeting then followed, where the merger was also accepted.

A combined budget for football and netball will be developed with the GVNL’s assets, including its bank account, to be transferred across to the GVFL.

Changes come into affect immediately and four new logos were presented to clubs on Wednesday to reflect the name change.

All emblems retain the purple and yellow base colours, with GVFL chairman David Roff saying a logo would be adopted within the next month.

As a result of the merger, Jacqui Hudgson’s GVNL presidency has come to an end having spent seven years in the top job in two stints, as well as being on the executive since 2000.

But she said she was looking forward to taking up a role on the Goulburn Valley League board, which has been extended from seven to nine members until next year.

‘‘I’m passionate about ensuring that what’s happened over the last 38 years of netball maintains its integrity, and that netball as a GVNL entity is maintained. In that respect, I’m happy to make the transition a smooth one,’’ Hudgson said.

‘‘It’s really exciting to be a part of a whole new transformation that you can hang your hat on at the end of 18 months and be a part of a whole new entity.’’

Hudgson will continue to coach Shepparton’s B-grade side, despite believing after last month’s football and netball delegates’ meeting this was not a possibility as a result of GVFL procedure.

The league framework states board members are unable to have any official affiliation with clubs.

But Roff said the board decided to make exceptions to allow a more seamless transition as it incorporated netball.

‘‘We had some nominations and some had different interactions at different clubs,’’ he said.

‘‘For an interim period up until next year, there’ll be a more relaxed interpretation of the constitution.’’

Sandra Witham and Euroa social committee member Jacqui Thomson have also been elected to the board.

The nine-person Goulburn Valley League board will sit for the first time on March 1, six weeks ahead of the season opener.

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