korumburra-footballTHE Korumburra-Bena Football Netball Club has been quick to fire in an appeal against AFL Gippsland’s decision to make them stay in s shaky, 8-team Alberton FNL competition next year.

Club president Ross Besley said the club had no alternative but to oppose the move.

“We have been told by several of our players that they will look elsewhere next year if the club stays in the Alberton League and former players, that we had hoped to attract back next year, have told us they’d only consider returning if they could play in the West Gippsland League,” Mr Besley said on Gippsland ABC Radio today.

“They want to play a higher standard of competition.”

Mr Besley is also concerned about the competition that will be on offer to the club’s high performing netballers and junior teams which he believes AFL Gippsland has not considered in the decision.

AFL Gippsland Region General Manager, Travis Switzer confirmed that it was the poor performance of the club’s senior team this year that was primarily at issue but he said the commission had not closed the door on Korumburra-Bena coming into the new competition at a later date.

“We are very open to the idea that they could form part of this league sometime in the future,” Mr Switzer said.

“But at the moment the results of the senior team are of concern.”

He said the commission was looking for “competitive balance” and at the moment Korumburra-Bena’s seniors didn’t offer that.

Korumburra-Bena FNC will get a further opportunity to support its appeal with a written and verbal submission within the next 21 days.