Broadford on the move

By Tara Murray

The Riddell District Football Netball League will lose a second club in as many years, with Broadford on the move.

The Kangaroos announced on their Facebook page on Thursday afternoon, that they would be moving to the AFL Outer East competition.

They will compete in division 2 next season.

In the post by Kangaroos president Bonnie Cavanagh, she said members were overwhelmingly in favour of the move.

Of those to vote at a third special general meeting, 47 members voted in favour of the move, while only five supported staying in the RDFNL.

“Following methodical research and consultation, three special general meetings were held to present a variety of options to ensure the BFNC were placed in a best fit model for football and netball into the future,” Cavanagh said.

“It is an exciting and proud time for us as we look to the future and embed a sustainability framework that will preserve our clubs history for another 120 years.”

On the AFL Outer East website, they confirmed the move of Broadford had been ticked off earlier this week by AFL Victoria.

RDFNL operations manager Jordan Doyle said the league was disappointed to lose Broadford to another competition.

“The RDFNL board are disappointed that Broadford FNC has decided to move to AFL Outer East,” Doyle said.

“The league and AFL Goldfields staff have worked tremendously hard in helping the Broadford Football Netball Club remain sustainable and competitive in the RDFNL.

“Unfortunately, the members of the club have decided to move to a league that they believe will be a better geographical fit and one where they believe they will be able to be more competitive on the field.”

With Broadford’s departure, the RDFNL will be a 10-team competition next season. Work done during the off season, has ensured Rockbank’s future in the competition.

Doyle said they were “hellbent” of securing extra clubs for the 2021 season.

The move comes 12 months after the Sunbury Kangaroos left the competition to join the Essendon District Football League.

The moved proved to be a good one for the Kangaroos, who claimed the division 2 premiership.