Smythesdale to appeal MCDFNL vote

The Smythesdale Football Netball Club has put forward an appeal to the AFL Goldfields commission after a majority of the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League’s clubs voted against letting the club move into the league.

The Smythesdale Bulldogs first announced their plan to make the move from the highly competitive Central Highlands League, to the MCDFNL in June of this year.

Earlier this month, 90 percent of the MCDFNL’s 14 clubs voted against the proposed move.

Despite the result of the league vote, governing body AFL Goldfields has the power to grant the shift should it see fit.

Smythesdale president John Cranny said the club has put forward a letter of appeal to the AFL Goldfields’ panel in hope that the move is granted.

“We had to have it (the letter of appeal) in by October 12 and a decision will be made by October 26. That’s pretty much all we know,” he said.

For more on this story see Page 23 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, October 23

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