Ballarat switch poses a riddle

August 09, 2011, 09:27 PM AEST


BY TEO PELLIZZERI Melton & Moorabool Express Telegraph

MELTON South Junior Football Club is well advanced in discussions with the Ballarat Football League about moving its eight teams there from the Riddell District Football League.

About 50 members of the junior club were at a meeting last week to hear a presentation from the Ballarat league.

Melton South seniors are part of the Ballarat league. Bringing the RDFL-based juniors into the same league was identified at a meeting called by the senior club last year as a key way of strengthening the Panthers.

The BFL and RDFL administrations have discussed the potential for a switch and met again yesterday.

"There's still a lot of water to go under the bridge," BFL executive Rod Ward said.

"I had a meeting with [John Batty] the general manager of the RDFL and he understands the importance of aligning senior and junior clubs.

"We were thrilled with the response of those who were there [at the Melton South meeting].

"We [the league] are facilitating it, but we see it as critical to the viability of the senior and junior club that they build relations."

Melton South juniors president Tim Seymour said a deadline of October 31 for a decision meant there was no rush to decide.

"For it to work, we've got to have decided that we want to do it and everyone is in agreeance," Seymour said.

"An offer to change leagues is something you don't take lightly.

"It's not [a decision] the committee can make; it needs all of the parents.

"We've got eight teams from under-9s through to under-16s and pretty much all the numbers are full. We're not struggling for numbers in any particular team."

Melton South seniors last year decided against holding an official vote to determine which league it would play in, instead committing to the Ballarat Football League for the long term.

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