From the Ballarat Courier
Reported by Melanie Whelan
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 Rob Gunstone

COMMITMENT: Koroit export Nick Hausler is moving to Ballarat to study at university while playing and learning the game at state level - this is what the Roosters all about. Picture: Rob Gunstone

“Learning a lot’s probably the key goal. Learning.”

This vital element and all it embodies seems to have become lost in the debate, speculation and entrenched bitter rivalries in the wider Ballarat community amid the latest twist of the city’s Victorian Football League club.

A strong leadership bid to rescue the club, on its board, has been abandoned on a technicality. The new major naming rights sponsor has walked.


Overlooked, in the eye of the storm, are the players and coaches preparing for a season only two months away. 

Whatever happens to the Roosters is far bigger than this city and is definitely more important than long-held questions over a North Ballarat branding.

Hausler’s comment comes from a Fairfax Media interview in Warrnambool, his hometown, in a follow on the hard work he put in to earn a contract with the Roosters and what it means to join the Roosters: learning.

The Rebels’ TAC Cup graduate is shifting his game to Ballarat, specifically Redan, to sharpen his game in the Ballarat Football League while trying to push for VFL selection. He arrives from quality Hampden league powerhouse Koroit, where he planned to continue training when back home.

What he learns can only benefit and help set a tone for both clubs and the players around him.


ausler is set to start studying teaching at Federation University in Ballarat. Our universities and trade opportunities are a big drawcard for young regional athletes wanting to pursue their studies and push their football to the highest level they can, without the extra pressure of metropolitan living.

This holistic opportunity has long been a pride of the club, as an advantage over rivals and good for Ballarat.

Roosters players are dedicated and driven athletes, forsaking the lure of bigger dollars from grassroots clubs, to test their game against the state’s best and AFL-listed players week-in and week-out. They strive to better their games in preparedness to line-up on full-time professionals in between their day jobs and studies.

That takes character.

The Roosters are led by a coach with a deep understanding of playing demands and the league. Hailing from the Wimmera, Marc Greig worked his way through Roosters and Rebels ranks in a decorated playing career.

Greig started learning the art of coaching as a player into his playing retirement and continues to learn in what will be his second season at the helm.

 Roosters coach Marc Greig is set for his second season at the Roosters' helm, continuing to develop his game against the state's best and AFL franchises.

LESSON: Roosters coach Marc Greig is set for his second season at the Roosters' helm, continuing to develop his game against the state's best and AFL franchises.

Then there is the strong band of behind-the-scenes Roosters – statisticians, video analysts, medical staff, strength and conditioning staff – fine-tuning their trades.

There are the grassroots coaches who spend time on match days or training learning from the Roosters’ processes to adapt in improving their clubs.

At the core, the Roosters are too invaluable to lose, not just from Ballarat, but from country Victoria.


The current board spokesman is one of a very small group driving this agenda & if the had any balls They would all resign immediately


No mention of North City pulling out of the Ballarat Football League.

That was the reason the club had to drop that team 20 years ago. Costing far too much money.

I suspect the VFL will want to inspect the books very closely.

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

Stick a fork into them - they're done 

Is this just internal politics or is something bigger at play like a move to remove the North Ballarat name but still have a VFL team in the region?


Internal politics is the current problem at the moment with what's left of the current board hell bent of ridding the club from the VFL & has been on the agenda for a very long time.

As for a team to represent the region that will be on the cards if the Roosters pull out..

They are not going to build a fifty million stadium for North City to play on.

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

Can we expect an arrangement with  AFL club (Greater Western Suburbs (GWS))

Not sure of any arrangement Rocker but there has been talk of Footscray VFL & women's teams playing some games at Eureka.

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

Is it true that the club is broke or is that just scuttlebutt? Has the drop in pokies income been that bad?

Ballarat City Council are compulsorily acquiring the title for the land owned by North Ballarat FC at Eureka Stadium, stating they had given up negotiations with the current board to ensure public access, probably another example of their inability to govern the club.

By my outsiders read this means North Ballarat have their immediate financial issues resolved, but if they want to keep using the ground they need to stay in the VFL and get their governance in order.

EDIT: This Ballarat Courier article states this is the case:

Council statement here:


With respect, this is old news. 

More importantly, what was the upshot from last night's AGM?

Anyone know?

It was in response to Heath's question about the club being broke Ron.