Murray Football League shares concerns about joining AFL Goulburn-Murray RAC

Vehicle changeover: Murray Football League boss Dale Norman and interleague coach Tony Tranter. A motoring sponsorship deal has the competition at odds with the AFL. Picture: SHEPPARTON NEWS
Vehicle changeover: Murray Football League boss Dale Norman and interleague coach Tony Tranter. A motoring sponsorship deal has the competition at odds with the AFL. Picture: SHEPPARTON NEWS

THE Murray Football League is fearful a major sponsorship deal with car company Isuzu could be at risk if it was forced into the AFL Goulburn-Murray regional administration centre (RAC) at the end of this season.

The sponsor is a rival of Toyota which is a premier partner of the AFL.

MFL general manager Dale Norman said it would be inevitable the deal, which has another year to run, will be put under the microscope if the AFL was doing the league’s administration from 2019.

Mr Norman represented the MFL at the meeting of leagues at Bungaree on Sunday which are hoping to avoid signing up to AFL administration centres.

“It is concerning leagues already associated with the RACs are considering their options,” he said.

“They said services have been diluted when they’ve lost their own full-time general managers.

“They are concerns we all share with leagues and clubs highlighting spiraling costs to be associated with a RAC.

“By forcing clubs and leagues into a RAC is only going to cause angst.

“All we are asking for is a choice.”

The MFL last considered joining up with AFL Goulburn-Murray for its administration three years ago.

Murray Football League 2017 premiers Nathalia.

Murray Football League 2017 premiers Nathalia.

An affiliation agreement to join the AFL Goulburn-Murray Commission to provide insurance, development and IT systems, among other services, is still to be signed leading into the new season.

AFL Victoria was approached for comment on the outcome of the Bungaree meeting, but declined.

A sub-committee was appointed at the end of the meeting to compile a proposal to allow leagues presently doing their own administration to maintain the status quo.

It is expected to be presented to AFL Victoria for consideration in coming weeks.

Ovens and Murray chairman David Sinclair was appointed to the sub-committee and confirmed talks aimed at the O and M joining up with AFL North-East Border RAC based in Wodonga next year would be put on hold.

Other major leagues to attend the Bungaree meeting were the Mornington Peninsula-Nepean and Bendigo leagues with Sunraysia an apology.