Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

Time to sort out future

Chairman Trevor Pollard has called a special Goulburn Valley Football League board meeting for Thursday night to discuss the future direction of the league's administration.

DAMEN FRANCIS April 22, 2014 3:05am

Goulburn Valley Football League chairman Trevor Pollard has called a special board meeting for Thursday night to discuss the future of the league’s administration.

The issue was raised at last week’s delegates’ meeting, but with no decisions made as to the direction the league takes following the retirement of long-serving general manager Keith Wellman, Pollard said it was time for action.

‘‘(The meeting) is about the hub, the strategic plan and the general manager’s position,’’ Pollard said.

‘‘We’ve been talking about it for long enough.

‘‘We want to get the wheels in motion.’’

The key decision centres on whether the league joins the AFL Goulburn Murray Region Administration Centre.

Should the league choose to remain autonomous, a new general manager needs to be appointed and a strategic plan for the next two to five years drawn up in the coming months.

Wellman’s contract ends on December 12 and a replacement would ideally be in place well in advance.

Also on the agenda for the special board meeting are comments AFL GM chairman Nicholas Rolfe allegedly made following last month’s AFL GM annual general meeting.

A letter Pollard signed on behalf of the GVFL board was sent to AFL Victoria deputy general manager Steven Reaper, seeking clarification of comments Rolfe allegedly made suggesting leagues that did not join the RAC would be sanctioned via access to funding and grants, umpires and insurance cover.

GVFL board member Freddo McMahon and Shepparton United representative Norm Gillespie witnessed the comments and perceived them as a threat to those leagues not part of the RAC.

Only 12 people were present at the meeting and the remarks were not made as part of Rolfe’s address, but informally after the meeting was finished.

In its response, AFL Victoria referred the GVFL board back to Rolfe and the commission.

AFL GM general manager Martin Gleeson also witnessed the comments in question, but said it was a case of misinterpretation and denied leagues faced sanctions should they choose not to join the RAC.

‘‘I didn’t think there was anything in those comments,’’ Gleeson said.

‘‘The only thing that was commented on is if you’re part of the system and if you’re not part of the system, then priority is always going to be given to those leagues that are in the system.

‘‘Nicholas is very direct and speaks openly and honestly.

‘‘If you’ve got a predisposition to a certain attitude, it’s quite easy to take things a certain direction.’’

Gleeson did not expect the matter to go any further.

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