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Saintgail
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Board meeting to decide North Ballarat's VFL fate
Reported by Nick Bowen

THE VFL competition could lose its second club in little more than two months, with North Ballarat set to decide whether it continues in the state league at a board meeting on Monday night.

2016 TAC Cup Rd 13 - North Ballarat Rebels v Murray Bushrangers

Max Scales celebrates a goal for North Ballarat

North Ballarat's looming board vote follows Frankston's expulsion from the VFL in late September, when the state league's governing body, AFL Victoria, terminated the Dolphins' licence after they were placed under financial administration. 

North Ballarat entered the 2016 season as a standalone club after ending an eight-season partial alignment with North Melbourne that yielded three consecutive VFL premierships from 2008-10.

The Roosters finished second last this year – ahead of only Frankston – after notching just three wins.

It is understood they are now considering focusing solely on the Ballarat Football League, where they field a team, North Ballarat City, amid concerns about the mounting costs of fielding a VFL team.

North Ballarat chairwoman Jenny Bromley did not return calls when contacted about Monday night's vote, but AFL Victoria released a brief statement to AFL.com.au.

"AFL Victoria has been informed about a board meeting at the North Ballarat Football Club on Monday night, and will await the result of that meeting before making any further comment," AFL Victoria said. 

If the Roosters vote to leave the VFL, the competition will be reduced from 15 to 13 teams next season. 

It would also mean Eureka Stadium would be left without a VFL tenant as it nears the end of a major redevelopment ahead of the venue's first scheduled AFL game, between the Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide in round 22 next season.

The Victorian State Government contributed $15 million to the stadium's redevelopment.

Original post from Saintgail

at a meeting this coming week

AFL ‏@AFL 
North Ballarat will hold a board meeting on Monday to determine whether it will continue to stay in the @VFL.

digs
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Incorrect. The meeting this Thursday is to make a decision on any forthcoming election should be conducted on line to save expenses. Nothing else.

What you have stated may not be that far away.

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NorthPort
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"AFL Victoria has been informed about a board meeting at the North Ballarat Football Club on Monday night, and will await the result of that meeting before making any further comment," AFL Victoria said.

Hope you are right Digs.. very dissapointing if its true.







Saintgail
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I was just reporting what I read and was surprised by - not making any judgments- had not heard anything locally

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NorthPort
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Saintgail, I linked the AFL websites article on the same issue to your post fyi.







Robbo
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I am hearing they will more than likely leave.

 

they want to concentrate on teams in Ballarat league.

 

Watch this space

footyman
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They seem to be as good as gone from the VFL.

There have been whispers for some time about some within the club not wanting a VFL team.

The money troubles this year were widely publicised.

The players have been training and despite "business as usual" message they have been aware of the clubs potential demise.

Any departure less than 3 weeks out from Xmas would be disappointing, the fixture would be delayed until post Xmas and the players they have signed will be on the market looking for new homes.

digs
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Apologies Saintgail, You are correct. The only meeting that the members were informed of was the Thursday meeting.

Nothing surprises anymore & long time posters will be aware of my concerns for many years.

I would have thought that a decision of major importance would have to be endorsed by the members but when you are controlled by a regime anything can happen.

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digs
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Not looking good NorthPort. My understanding has always been that the club needed seventy five percent of the members votes to do away with the VFL team !!

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paul
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Might be worth checking the constitution Digs, would be very embarassing for the board if they voted to exit and then found out such a clause existed.

Heath_eld
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Very disappointing if this change goes ahead...

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