TOCUMWAL is optimistic about its chances of being accepted into the Picola and District Football Netball League after its members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the switch.
The Bloods will make a presentation to Picola league clubs late next month before the league’s 11-member board will vote on whether they will be allowed into the North West division.
Club vice-president Mark Baldwin said yesterday he was hopeful the league would back the move.
“I hope so,” Baldwin said.
“Our young kids are getting belted every week in the Murray league and they aren’t going to have a footballing future the way things have been going.
“They are going to pack up and leave if we don’t give them some sort of future where they can be competitive.”
Tocumwal, who must also be cleared from the Murray league, was strongly backed by its members to move with 234 voting for the switch and just 26 against.
More than 100 people attended the meeting on Wednesday night.
The club failed to attract the 75 per cent majority vote needed last month with officials calling for a second vote after many people had voted early and didn’t understand the club’s plight.
Jerilderie and Strathmerton are former Murray league clubs now in the Picola league while Rennie crossed from the Hume league in 2009.
“You can go out and buy a senior team any day, but that’s of no benefit to the club or town,” Baldwin said.
“It’s about looking after the juniors and bringing them through.
“That’s what we want to do.”
Picola president Shane Railton was reluctant to comment on whether Tocumwal would be accepted but said his league was happy with its junior structure and is looking forward to seeing the Bloods’ presentation.
Tocumwal has struggled to be competitive in recent seasons with its senior, third and fourth grade teams winless this season.