The Bullioh Football Netball Club wants to be prosperous and here in 20 years time ...Shayne Ried
BULLIOH is applying for a clearance to the Tallangatta and District league in 2020.
Bulldog members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the switch at their recent annual general meeting with officials now in the process of lodging a submission to the AFL North East Border commission.
“Our priority would be to remain in a vibrant and prosperous Upper Murray Football Netball League, however, we would be naive not to explore our options,” Bullioh committeeman and former president Shayne Ried said.
“We want to be as respectful as we possibly can in doing so.
“The Bullioh Football Netball Club want to be here in 20 years time so we owe it to our members to take everything into consideration.”
If Bullioh fail to cross to the Tallangatta and District league, it is unable to reapply for another two years.
One of biggest challenges facing the Upper Murray is the future of the reserve grade competition.
Federal (two) and Border-Walwa (one) forfeited matches this year and there are growing concerns for next season with several clubs set to come under pressure.
“We see reserve grade football as vitally important to our future,” Ried said.
“It’s a vital part of our club.”
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AFL NEB regional manager John O'Donohue said the commission had asked for a detailed submission.
“It’s a slightly unusual application as it’s for 2020,” O'Donohue said.
“Bullioh is getting back to us with a submission and the evidence will be looked at from there.”
The Bulldogs have only dropped two games in the reserves in the past two years while the under-13s also won the premiership.
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