Mathoura Football Netball Club has started legal action against Picola and District Football Netball League in an attempt to keep this year's grand final in Mathoura.TRENT HORNEMAN August 8, 2014 3:04am
A judge could ultimately decide the venue for this year’s Picola and District Football Netball League grand final.
Mathoura Football Netball Club has started legal action against the league in an attempt to keep this year’s grand final in Mathoura.
The league, Mathoura and its landlord Murray Shire have been at loggerheads in recent weeks after the league stated that light posts at the club’s netball courts were too close to the playing surface.
Murray Shire refused to foot the bill to cut down and replace the poles, which would cost ratepayers more than $20,000.
Timbercutters president Tim McCormick said the decision was made after the board met on Tuesday night, hours after the shire said it would explore all options, including legal action.
The club and the league met on Wednesday night, but McCormick and PDFNL president Shane Railton did not discuss the matter further.
AFL Victoria president Nicholas Rolfe said AFL Goulburn Murray supported Mathoura Football Netball Club in its endeavours to keep the grand final at Mathoura.
‘‘Netball Victoria has signed off on the courts, as has the insurer,’’ he said.
‘‘I note that netball is played on the courts during the home and away season.’’
Rolfe said AFL Victoria did not have any procedures in place to resolve an issue between a league and club, nor did it have the power to make a decision.
‘‘It is up to the the league, however in their constitution, there is a clause which states if there is a dispute then mediation should be available,’’ he said.
Rolfe said it was disappointing the situation had reached this point.
‘‘In my time I have never seen anything like this,’’ he said.
Murray Shire mayor Tom Weyrich also shared disappointment the situation had ended in legal proceedings.
‘‘Everyone is going to get a black eye out of this,’’ he said.
‘‘This is causing an enormous amount of stress on the people of Mathoura.’’
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