Over the past month, the AFL Gippsland Region Commission has engaged key stakeholders regarding the future direction of the Alberton Football Netball League (AFNL) and its member clubs.
The Commission has met with the Mid Gippsland and Ellinbank and District football leagues, as well as member clubs of the Alex Scott and Staff West Gippsland Football Netball Competition, to advise them on the process being undertaken in the wake of last year’s review and subsequent appeal and to provide them with an opportunity to offer their position on the future of the AFNL member clubs
Following these meetings, the Commission met with the AFNL board last week to provide an update on the process and discuss the next steps for the league and its member clubs.
The Commission is now awaiting feedback from the MGFL, EDFL and member clubs of the WGFNC before meeting with the AFNL board and member clubs to provide a clear picture on which clubs can base decisions on their future.
This course of action is in accordance with AFL Victoria’s appeal outcome recommendation and follows a meeting between AFL Victoria, AFL Gippsland and the AFNL board in December, which led to the inclusion of Rule 30 in the 2019 AFL Victoria Country Handbook.
Under Rule 30, the timelines for clubs to apply to move leagues within their Region Commission can be reviewed at the discretion of AFL Victoria.
While there continues to be considerable interest in the future of the AFNL and its member clubs, AFL Gippsland will continue to provide details of any developments in this process to representatives of the AFNL, its member clubs and other relevant stakeholders before speaking to the media or the wider Gippsland football community.
As per AFL Victoria’s recommended timeline, AFL Gippsland remains committed to delivering a solution by the end of July 2019. However, the Commission is endeavouring to resolve the future of the AFNL and its members clubs as soon as possible.