NGFNL joins admin hub

THE North Gippsland Football-Netball League and Traralgon and District Junior Football League have signed agreements to join the AFL Gippsland region administration centre for the next two football and netball seasons.

The moves follow the recent signing of the Gippsland League and Alberton Football-Netball League.

AFL Gippsland Commission chairman Angus Hume said the commission had been working hard over the past year in developing an administration centre to support the football and netball leagues in Gippsland.

“To have, what we think are two very strong leagues in the NGFNL and the TDJFL, join the other two leagues as part of our RAC is a huge boost for AFL Gippsland,” he said.

NGFNL president David Kyle said the league looked forward to building a relationship with the AFL Gippsland Commission.

“To be part of the RAC was a decision that we didn’t take lightly but was one that we think was the best option for the future of our football and netball leagues moving forward,” he said.

“To have our operations managed out of a professional administration centre where knowledge and skill sharing will be encouraged is only going to benefit our league and other leagues in Gippsland.

“We look forward to working closely with the AFL Gippsland Commission in ensuring that our league continues to grow and that our league and clubs benefit from this decision.”

Gordon Bayley, the newly appointed president of the TDJFL, said league felt joining the RAC was the best option for the future of the competition.

“Junior football has historically relied on volunteers and part time staff to administer its leagues and we feel that the professional environment created at the RAC is the best option for our league now and into the future,” he said.

AFL Gippsland region general manager Travis Switzer welcomed the leagues into the RAC.

“This is a really exciting time for football and netball in Gippsland and we are thrilled the NGFNL and TDJFL have made the decision to come on board and utilise what the RAC has to offer,” he said.

Pauline Bayley, who has been the administrator for both the NGFNL and the TDJFL, will join AFL Gippsland as the North Gippsland operations manager.

Bayley has extensive experience in football operations and administration and the many relationships she has built up over the years will be of huge benefit to AFL Gippsland.

Her key responsibility will be to administer the NGFNL and the TDJFL for the next two seasons, and began her role on Monday.

New GL adminstrator

MATTHEW Ogilvie will administer the Gippsland League for the next two seasons after being appointed as the new Central Gippsland operations manager.

Ogilvie has a bachelor of sports management and has experience in the sports administration and management fields at Cricket Victoria, Football Federation Victoria and more recently GippSport.

Ogilvie’s first day in the role will be February 17.

John Anderson has also joined the AFL Gippsland Commission recently, filling a casual vacancy.

Anderson is well known in local football circles, more recently holding a position on the Gippsland League board.

Anderson was also a key contributor to the County Football Review that was undertaken by AFL Victoria in 2011, and joins the other six commissioners as part of the AFL Gippsland Commission.