Woomelang-Lascelles to drop footy, netball teams in 2016

OUT: Woomelang-Lascelles’ existence is nearly over, after the club decided it would not field sides in 2016. Picture: GEORGIA HALLAM
Nanjing Night Net

WOOMELANG-LASCELLES Combined Sporting Club football and netball teams will no longer exist from the end of the 2015 season.

The decision came due to the impending disbandment of the Mallee Football League at the end of the year.

​Club members voted to remain as the Woomelang-Lascelles Combined Sporting Club without fielding teams in 2016.

Almost 100 people attended the meeting and some members voting via proxy.

With the impending disbandment of the Mallee Football League, the club was faced with options such as merging with Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers, Birchip-Watchem or Nullawil clubs.

Club president Shane Michael said the club was extremely disappointed with the structural review of country football.

“We are really disappointed that the review has left us in this situation,” he said.

“We’ve just got to move on and try to do the best we can.”

The club released a statement on Thursday morning regarding its decision.

“The destabilisation created by AFL Victoria Country’s structural review as well as the impending review of the North Central league, made it very difficult for members to vote to merge with the Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers,” the statement said.

“The continuing uncertainty about what league the Tigers will play in next season, as well as confusion around the longevity of the North Central Football League, contributed to the decision.

“It is a sad occasion to face the realisation that there will not be any football and netball played in our town and at a much, much lower level than every before across the Mallee.

“Our committee, members, players and supporters are to be commended on their tireless contributions to both our club and our community in general.”

MrMichael said in considering its options, it could not find an appropriate fit.

“We’re an unique club and we run on pride, passion and respect and we just couldn’t get a fit,” he said.

“Because we come from so far we just couldn’t get anything that fitted and we didn’t want to rip our club into two or three different directions.”

Mr Michael said the decision to remain as the Woomelang-Lascelles Combined Sporting Club was important to the club and its people.

“We just wanted to keep our identity really. We want to have Auskick and things like that still in our own town and on our own ground,” he said.

The Cats play Ouyen United on Saturday in the senior football preliminary final and it looms as their potentiallast everclash.

Michael said it would be a sweet finish if the club could qualify for the decider, and perhaps claim the last-ever Mallee Football League premiership.

“It would be a great finish.Even just to play in the last grand final would be a great achievement for our club,” he said.

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