Barellan set to meet with AFL and Farrer League officials

DECISION TIME: Jeff Inglis, Mark Kenny and Simon Irons are just three of the Barellan officials pushing a move to the Farrer League.FARRER LEAGUE
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BARELLAN’S application to join the Farrer League will come under the spotlight at a meeting at AFL House on Wednesday night.

Representatives from Barellan will meet with members of AFL Riverina, AFL NSW-ACT and the Farrer League competition management committee to sound out the club’s proposed switch from the Northern Riverina League.

Southern NSW AFL community footballer manager Paul Habel, AFL Riverina board member Rob McGregor and Farrer League president David Oehm will be three of the key players that meet with Barellan.

Southern NSW AFL regional manager Jason McPherson said it will be a wide-ranging meeting.

“They’ll go through with Barellan they’re finance, strategic plan for the future, sustainability and a bit about their playing list, the age and current location of the current players on their list,” McPherson said.

“Things like in regards to finance, that they’re aware that with affiliation and insurance costs, it’s going to cost the club 50 per cent more.

“It’s going to be a fact-finding mission.”

Barellan’s request will be either denied at Wednesday night’s meeting, or discussions will proceed.

McPherson said decisions need to be made soon.

“It will either be knocked on the head, or it will proceed from first base to second base,” he said.

“There is a timeframe we’ve got to do it and it is a possibility that (Barellan) might have to wait 12 months.

“The next AFL Riverina board meeting is October 15 and it would need to be ratified by then.

“There are draws that need to be sorted out, and we’ve got to be fair on the Northern Riverina League as well.”

Barellan need to get the green light from both the Farrer League, and the AFL Riverina board.

It still must be granted permission to leave the Northern Riverina League, but officials have indicated that will not be a problem.

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