FORMER Ovens and Murray board member and Lavington president Ken Hallows has labelled the “bias” claims of Yarrawonga president Glenn Brear as disgraceful.
Hallows yesterday said Brear’s suggestions Albury-Wodonga-based clubs had been favoured were insulting and had slurred the reputation of stalwart board members such as Greg Claney, Graeme Patterson and David Sinclair.
He also took aim at Brear for questioning the legitimacy of the premierships Lavington had won because of its home-ground advantage.
“As a former member of the league board, I find his comments offensive,” Hallows said.
“Greg Claney, Graeme Patterson and David Sinclair are people with the utmost integrity and any suggestion that they may be biased is a slur on their reputation and such comments from a club president are a disgrace. For a president of another club to make such a comment in the media beggars belief.
“Yarrawonga is a great club with many fine people involved who I have known for many years and have my utmost respect.
“Unfortunately I can’t say the same about its president.
“I find it hard to believe that after such a fantastic win on Sunday to achieve the ultimate goal of a premiership, that instead of enjoying the moment, Glenn Brear has found the need to put other people down.
“But it must be true what they say that some people are just happy to be miserable.”
Speaking only days after Yarrawonga’s 36-point grand final win against Albury, Brear said Sunday’s grand final should not have been played at Lavington and he accused the league’s board of having an Albury-Wodonga bias.
He also hit out at former Lavington coach Tim Sanson for his criticism of Pigeons full-forward Brendan Fevola when he signed with the club.
Hallows said the league had supported Yarrawonga.
“If such a biased existed, why would the Yarrawonga club be awarded a game at home every Easter,” Hallows said.
“By its own figures, 10,000 people at $10 a head by my reckoning is $100,000 plus the catering is not too shabby because Yarrawonga keeps the lot.
“A club that hosts the grand final gets only the catering and it pays a hosting fee, based on gate takings on the day, to the O and M for the privilege. That is hardly a bias against Yarrawonga.
“I thought we were all country clubs and I haven’t heard any statements from anyone else.”