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League locks in its future

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December 01, 2017

Support is strong among GVL clubs to bring in an under-16 competition in 2019. The move would have had this year’s SDJFL premier Mooroopna playing before the under-18 match on GVL grand final day.

The Goulburn Valley League has extended its partnership with AFL Goulburn Murray for another three years.

After initially signing up for three years at the end of 2014, league chairman David Roff said the decision to renew the administrative services agreement was a unanimous one.

‘‘We’re very happy with the services AFL Goulburn Murray provides,’’ Roff said.

‘‘The feedback from the clubs has been very positive as well.’’

The league paid $122999 for the regional administration fee this year — up from $103333 last season — but Roff said that figure was inflated by the merging of the football and netball arms of the league.

‘‘At the start of the year we weren’t doing the netball as well, so those costs have to now be included,’’ he said.

The costs are expected to rise again each year during the term of the new agreement, but Roff believes the league is still far better off being under the banner of the AFL.

‘‘The new fees will be roughly two to three per cent more each year,’’ he said.

‘‘But when we went into the hub three years ago we had it assessed and it was about $60000 in favour of going through with it.

‘‘We don’t have to pay for a building, copiers and all that sort of stuff and the service has been excellent.

‘‘The partnership has grown significantly over the past three years, the new offices at Kialla Park are excellent and we will soon see the unveiling of a permanent home for our prestigious Hall of Fame.’’

Part of the service AFL Goulburn Murray provided this season was a junior football future directions project.

The major recommendation concerning the GVL received a massive tick at the club delegates’ meeting after the annual meeting, with unanimous support for the league to adopt an under-16 competition in 2019.

The notion was initially floated to have a vote at the next meeting, but it became clear that all clubs were in favour of the new competition and one was then taken.

‘‘I think it’s good, voting on it gives us a pretty good guide of where the clubs are at,’’ Roff said.

A feedback submission window remains open until December 8 following the report, but with some clubs already keen to trial these junior matches on game day next season the favourable consensus is expected to remain.

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