THE Border’s bid for a side in the Victorian Premier League is locked in — the submission and names on their way to Football Federation Victoria ahead of today’s deadline.
The names submitted for final approval are Border Warriors, River Rebels and Border United.
But Paul Millynn, Wodonga Diamonds president and part of the organising committee, admits the competition’s future is in limbo with the threat of court action yesterday.
Fourteen of the biggest clubs in the state have allegedly signed up for a Supreme Court injunction that suggests they will create a competition of their own next year, according to an email sent by the co-signatories on Wednesday night.
Millynn said they were removed from the Melbourne politics driving the opposition but has rejected claims there are 51 clubs involved and each will be $180,000 in debt.
“Clearly this is not ideal and at the moment it is hard to see the competition going ahead with this action,” he said.
“But they keep talking up the idea that there are 51 clubs against the proposed NPLV when they only have 14 clubs included in the legal action.
“And our financial projections suggest we are in surplus not in debt but then I’m not privy to what these Melbourne clubs believe they have to pay players and coaches.
“Perhaps the FFV should look at a staggered introduction to the competition in the same way NSW has gone about setting up their premier league — seniors next year, women the year after and juniors down the track.”
Football Federation Victoria downplayed the threat of any legal action.
“Despite media speculation and emails you may have received that were not sent by FFV that suggest the NPL process is to be stopped, as I write this email to you FFV has not received a letter of demand, been served with any legal papers nor have we received any explanation of the legal basis for any such suggested action,” it said.
“As far as FFV is concerned we are continuing with the NPL process and will assist you with your application in any way we can.”