The Alberton Football Netball League Board of Management includes, from left, director of Special Events and Publicity Gary Adams, secretary Lynn Whelan, re-elected president John Schelling, newly appointed director of Finance and Sponsorship Peter Hislop and Football Netball operations manager Barry Stride. The new director of Junior Football and Netball, Leonnie McCluskey, was absent.
By James Brosnan
JOHN Schelling was re-elected unopposed as president of the Alberton Football Netball League at its annual general meeting on Wednesday night at Fish Creek.
The AFNL board of management welcomed two new faces after Peter Hislop and Leonnie McCluskey were elected to the two available positions.
Mr Hislop won the role of director of Finance and Sponsorship unopposed while Ms McCluskey will take on the director of Junior Football and Netball after winning a vote from Foster’s Nics McKenzie.
The AGM was otherwise a reasonably straight forward event.
The league reported a profit of $13,462 in 2013, down from last year’s $16,426.
Finals gates receipts were down $1915 compared to 2012.
The sum of $10,500 remains outstanding from the Gippsreal mortgage investment in default with the mortgaged property still for sale.
The proposed draw for the 2014 season is yet to be finally adopted, with club representatives postponing a decision for at least a week until each club can examine the draft.
Director of Special Events and Publicity, Gary Adams, ran through how the draw was formulated.
The top six teams of the competition, which now includes Inverloch-Kongwak after Yarram’s departure, will play each other in Rounds 1-5 and again in Rounds 12-16.
In those same brackets, the bottom six teams will play each other.
Top six teams will play bottom six teams in Rounds 6-11 and to round out the season in Rounds 17 and 18.
The season is scheduled to kick off on April 7, with the interleague match on May 24 and the home and away season to be completed on August 16.
The annual Easter Saturday showdown between Inverloch-Kongwak and Korumburra-Bena will go ahead on April 19.
Phillip Island, who has had a long running Easter game against neighbouring rival Kilcunda-Bass, has ditched the game against the reigning premiers in favour of a match against Stony Creek.
The Panthers however will not be lost to the festive weekend and will play Dalyston at Dalyston in an Easter first. The Dalyston and Kilcunda-Bass match is set to rotate venues annually.
Foster has played Fish Creek over the past two seasons on Easter Saturday, but this year could be set to face off against fellow neighbour Toora – which caught the Magpies unawares on Wednesday night.
If the Tigers and Magpies don’t meet over the long weekend, the game will be played in Round 1.
The Foster Football Netball Club was awarded as the most disciplined club for season 2013, presented on the night to Nics McKenzie on behalf of the Tigers.
Newly appointed AFL Gippsland regional general manager, Travis Switzer, attended the meeting, speaking on the aims of the commission and his excitement of getting to work with the Alberton League.
He will be joined at AFL Gippsland by AFNL secretary Lynn Whelan (see related article).
No representatives of the Yarram Football Netball Club attended the meeting, with AFNL president John Schelling saying the Demons had briskly “disassociated themselves” from the league following their move to North Gippsland.