Sharks circle MGFL move

Liam Durkin

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TARWIN is the latest Alberton Football-Netball League club to jump on the Mid Gippsland league bandwagon, with the Sharks submitting a final-minute application ahead of last Wednesday’s deadline. 

After holding two general meetings, Tarwin members voted in favour of joining Mid Gippsland, much to the surprise of many outsiders who thought they were destined for the West Gippsland competition.

Tarwin president Anthony Hullick said two factors swayed the decision.

“We felt that there were already enough clubs in West Gippsland, and given the fact three other Alberton clubs want to join Mid Gippsland, we thought we would follow suit,” he said. 

The decision comes amid a period of great uncertainty, with AFL Gippsland officials set to sit down with their Alberton counterparts tomorrow night.

Hullick was critical of AFL Gippsland, saying its lack of communication and consultation meant clubs were no better off than when the previous review into Gippsland football and netball was released three years ago.

“We have the upmost respect for all clubs in Mid Gippsland, but are extremely disappointed with what has become of Alberton and extremely disappointed with the way AFL Gippsland have handled the situation,” Hullick said.

“What comes out of AFL Gippsland seems to change from week to week. Tarwin will be playing in 2019, we just don’t know where yet.”

With another round of meetings imminent, Tullick said there would be greater clarity in the next few days. 

“I wouldn’t write Alberton off completely just yet, the league hasn’t officially dissolved so there could be another curve ball coming,” he said.

The Gippsland Times to repeatedly attempted to contact Mid Gippsland league representatives and the “Mid Gippsland players union”.