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Mathoura may lose PDFNL grand final

Two light poles on the netball courts are threatening to derail Mathoura Football-Netball Club's hopes of hosting the north-west division grand final this year.

TRENT HORNEMAN August 4, 2014 3:37am

Francesca Ahearn in action for Mathoura.


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Murray Shire councillors will decide whether it will spend ratepayers’ money to keep this year’s Picola District Football Netball League north west grand final in the region.

The league has asked Mathoura Football Netball Club to remove two light poles encroaching on one of Mathoura’s two netball courts.

The club, a tennant of the reserve, needs Murray Shire councillors to approve the two poles be removed.

Murray Shire environmental services director Simon Arkinstall said the cost of removing the poles would be more than $20,000.

In a report to council, Mr Arkinstall said his staff were exploring options to lower the costs for ratepayers.

PDFNL president Shane Railton said the league made Mathoura aware of the safety concerns in early 2013, when it audited Mathoura Recreational Reserve to allow it to be considered for PDFNL finals.

On February 16, 2013, the club was advised of issues which required attention and requirements that had to be met before it would be considered for PDFNL finals.

Railton said Mathoura Football Netball Club would still have the right to host the football, at another venue, if Murray Shire did not agree to removing the poles.

He said it was up to the club to decide whether it could satisfy demands.

Railton said the league had a good working relationship with Mathoura, giving it to Wednesday to decide on which venue it would like to host the grand final.

‘‘The Mathoura Football Netball Club had been invited to host the 2013 grand final on a PDFNL finals-approved venue,’’ he said.

‘‘Mathoura choose not to host the 2013 grand final, in preference formed a agreement with the Deniliquin Rovers Football Netball Club to host the 2013 grand final on their behalf,’’ Mr Railton said.

‘‘Deniliquin Rovers agreed to host the 2013 PDFNL grand final whilst also entering into an agreement with Mathoura, should the Mathoura Recreation Reserve not meet the finals requirements of the PDFNL, in 2014.’’

■ Murray Shire councillors will meet at Moama on Tuesday, starting at 1pm.

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