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Board meeting to decide North Ballarat's VFL fate

Reported by Nick Bowen
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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.


From the Frankston Standard Leader
Reported by Christian Tatman - Frankston Standard Leader
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Frankston state Labor MP Paul Edbrooke with club stalwart Bryan Mace at Frankston Oval. Picture: Andrew Batsch

FRANKSTON Dolphins Football Club has received a massive boost with the State Government waiving a huge chunk of its debt.

State Labor MP Paul Edbrooke announced today that 90 per cent of the debt owed to the government had been waived following tough negotiations.

Mr Edbrooke would not reveal the figure, however, the Leader understands it is about $450,000.

“I made it clear losing the Dolphins was not an option,” Mr Edbrooke said.

“After weeks of negotiations I have secured an agreement with the State Government — one of the Dolphins’ largest creditors — which waives more than 90 per cent of the club’s debt to the government.

“This puts the club in a remarkably better position to move forward and reclaim a VFL licence.”

Mr Edbrooke said the move went a “long way to saving the Dolphins Football Club”.

And council has also stepped in — relinquishing $50,000 owed by the Dolphins.

Council CEO Dennis Hovenden said any further reduction of the remaining $18,000 owed would be at the discretion of the newly-elected council.

But Mr Hovenden said it was vital that “major changes” occurred within the club so it could gain a VFL licence for 2018 — the major aim of supporters.