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Samaria Suns are set to rise

Swanpool and Tatong have united to form Samaria Suns Sporting Club and have taken one big step towards taking to the football ovals and netball courts by having their request to join Picola District Football League approved.

MATTHEW GALEA June 24, 2014 3:05am

Samaria Suns Sporting Club has taken the first big step to Picola District Football League inclusion after its formal request to join the league was approved.

A combined effort between members of Swanpool and Tatong football netball clubs, the Samaria Suns is a completely new entity which hopes to service the greater southern Benalla community.

Former Tatong president Felicity Munro is part of the new club’s steering committee and was delighted to learn the club’s application to join the PDFL had been accepted.

Next, the new club must make a presentation to the league board and club delegates.

‘‘It’s fantastic progression for the new club and it’s great to have the backing of the PDFL, AFL Goulburn Murray and AFL Victoria,’’ Munro said.

‘‘Now we have to make a presentation to the league and the delegates where we have to show we’re fielding all the teams or as close as possible to all the teams.

‘‘We have to show we have a real sustainability plan and that this isn’t just a flash-in-the-pan effort.’’

Munro said the biggest concerns she anticipated other clubs might have would be travel, but believed the Suns would fit in nicely into the PDFL’s south-east competition.

Should the Suns be successful, it would be the second team to come into the league in successive seasons, after Tocumwal successfully joined the league from Murray Football League.

The Suns will use Swanpool’s and Tatong’s facilities, and Munro said the club would look to engage the greater Benalla community.

‘‘It’s a whole new entity and it gives the opportunity to bring in new people and start fresh,’’ Munro said.

‘‘If we get the go-ahead, then we’ll have an inaugural annual general meeting and formally vote for a president and committee members, and we need as much diversity there as we can get.

‘‘We’ve asked some people and we have an idea of who we want involved, but there are plenty of us involved who know what’s involved in running a football club, so we’re looking more to broaden our direction on the business side of things.’’

Munro said the club would have a big emphasis on junior development and hoped to service a host of small towns in the area that have lost or never had their own clubs.

PDFL president Shane Railton said the league was looking forward to the club’s presentation and anticipated a positive reaction from clubs.

Swanpool and Tatong remain attached to Ovens and Kings Football League as administrative entities with no on-field presence, but Munro said both could fold as a result of the new club.

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