Deadline drawn out for clubs in AFL SE review

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AFL South East has extended its deadline by a week to receive feedback and submissions from MPNFL clubs, despite the fact that every one of the MPNFL Clubs responded before the original 3 July deadline.

Eighteen of the 22 MPNFL clubs responded as a collective. The other four clubs, Edithvale-Aspendale, Langwarrin, Pines and Tyabb responded individually.

In a memo to the clubs last Friday (30 June), AFL South East regional general manager John Anderson said the review panel accepted the letters as feedback to the ‘AFL South East – Senior Competition Review – June 2017 Draft Recommendations’ from the clubs.

“While we accept the correspondence forwarded on your behalf, the panel is keen to encourage further feedback from each of the 18 clubs as part of the process,” Anderson wrote.

“We would like to see those clubs provide additional insight and detail as to their individual views and opinions. There may be other elements and ideas clubs would like to put forward and we encourage clubs to submit further thoughts on the future of the competition that will help in the process,” he said.

It is believed that the 18 MPNFL Clubs are not prepared to provide any further feedback on an individual club basis.

The clubs believe that AFL South East has its own agenda and given 20 of the 22 submissions by MPNFL clubs oppose that agenda, they are not prepared to provide alternatives, believing that was the responsibility of the governing body.

MPNFL clubs stand united and would welcome the opportunity for collective discussion, something that AFL South East has not entertained up to this point.

First published in the Frankston Times – 3 July 2017

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