Bombers cleared for take-off

BOISDALE-Briagolong Football-Netball Club’s move to the East Gippsland league could be rubber stamped within days.

Six of the East Gippsland Football-Netball League’s seven clubs voted in favour of accepting the Bombers during the league’s annual meeting on Wednesday night.

Only Orbost-Snowy Rovers voted against the motion, citing concerns over long distances to games at Boisdale, particularly for juniors who play in the morning. There are at least 150 kilometres between the two towns.

The vote of EGFNL clubs followed the approval of the transfer by the North Gippsland FNL and AFL Gippsland.

The matter has been sent to AFL Victoria Country for final approval, which is expected within days.

The imminent addition of Boisdale-Briagolong would end the EG FNL ’s three-year pursuit of the club.

Late last month, 89 per cent of Bombers members voted in favour of the move. Only 75 per cent support was needed to advance the transfer.

The fact Boisdale-Briagolong was given permission to go through the process of changing leagues after the October 31 deadline shows the willingness of leagues to accommodate the change.

Boisdale-Briagolong’s senior side has finished on the bottom of the NGFNL ladder the past two seasons.

The Bombers will be hoping to replicate the success of Stratford, which struggled in the NGFNL before moving to the EGFNL for the 2012 season.

This year, the Swans won six premierships, including the senior football and A grade netball flags.

The addition of Yarram to the NGFNL this year effectively sped up the process for the Bombers to head east.

The move of the Bombers eliminates the need for a bye in both the NGFNL and EGFNL. The NGFNL will return to having 10 clubs, while the EGFNL will have eight.

It will also rekindle a rivalry between Boisdale-Briagolong and Stratford, who will again clash at least twice a season. Before being members of the NGFNL, they were part of the Riviera league before it disbanded.

Meanwhile, the Bombers have appointed Matt Lee as its senior coach for 2015.

The Maffra premiership player joined the Bombers this season as a playing assistant coach.

Jason Langshaw will be joining the club from Maffra to be senior assistant coach.