Official Club Stuff North Ballarat - not in VFL 2018

Discussion in 'VFL Board' started by The_Wookie, Dec 3, 2016.

Put it out there
  1. The_Wookie

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    Maybe they should have just done what the AFL did with Melbourne - have AFL Victoria appoint someone to oversee the board - before dropping the side. How there isnt a Goldfields based VFLW team bemuses me
     
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  2. Roogal

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    The club texted all members the link to the Club Website this morning - From the Roosters Website at 9.15 am today:

    MEMBERS UPDATE
    19 September 2017

    Dear Members,

    The North Ballarat Football Club has proudly represented Ballarat and the Greater Western region of Victoria in the VFL Competition for 22 Seasons.

    On Thursday 14 September 2017, the Club was informed by AFL Victoria this would not continue.

    The Club is extremely disappointed and frustrated by this decision made by AFL Victoria and believe it is a huge injustice to the Club, but more-so to the thousands of people involved including the players, members, officials, coaches and parents – all of whom give so much to our Club and are the lifeblood of football in our region.

    The Club believes it presented to the Executive Management of AFL Victoria an honest and transparent assessment of the Club’s position and identified key strategies, including completed, current and future actions to build a Club the region would be proud of.

    The North Ballarat Board of Directors is unanimous in its view that excluding the Roosters from the VFL in 2018 will have a detrimental effect on the Club and its ability to re-join the competition in 2019. We are disappointed that AFL Victoria has chosen not to assist and support the Club’s plans to rebuild, instead sidelining VFL in Ballarat.

    To date we have received minimal correspondence with AFL Victoria. The letter we received gave only the outcome and did not offer any explanation as to how or why they came to their decision. It’s only via the media that we learn that it was (apparently) based on the Club’s lack of financial security, AFL Victoria’s reference to turmoil in our governance structure over the previous two to three years and that it would take time to establish a new regionalised presence.

    I’d like to take this opportunity to assure the people of Ballarat and the Greater Western Victoria region that:
    1. Our Club together with the Sports Club are both in a very strong financial position, are profitable and have no debt. In the past 12 months, the Club has provided over $700K in grassroots donations including funding to the VFL team, local sporting clubs and community organisations, and still recorded an operating profit.
    2. The Board have been working diligently since elected in February 2017 to develop a new governance structure which would ensure the long-term stability and prosperity of a VFL team to represent Ballarat and the Greater Western region in 2018 along with a solid structure within the club itself. This was very clearly outlined and presented to AFL Victoria with a set of transparent and measurable deliverables.
    The Club has requested an urgent and detailed explanation from the Board of Directors and Executive of AFL Victoria to clearly identify the key criteria that the North Ballarat Football Club has not either met or addressed in order to satisfy their requirements. Unfortunately, at this time, this request has not been granted.

    I would like to invite all Members to attend an Information Session to be held at the North Ballarat Sports Club on Wednesday 27 September 2017 commencing at 7 pm. At this meeting, we will outline the position of the club and plans moving forward, there will be opportunity to ask questions.

    To our Members and the people of Ballarat and Greater Western region, we can assure you – we are 100% committed to you and we will not give up. Our Members and the Community we serve are our greatest asset and the North Ballarat Football Club will work tirelessly to have a team that represents Ballarat and the Greater Western region back in the VFL and build a Club that is bigger, better and stronger than ever.

    Kind Regards

    John Nevett
    Chairman
    North Ballarat Football Club
     
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  3. Roogal

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    Latest Club Update

    As a result of the public meeting at the Club last Wednesday night, the President has posted the following statement:

    Dear Members,

    On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank the Members who attended last night’s Information Session.

    The information presented to Members, focused on the actions taken and plans in place around the Club’s future involvement with a team in the VFL, the business operations and options for governance change.

    The Board appreciates the support and feedback received, showcasing the passion that Members have for their Club and ensuring the Club continues to evolve and provide pathways for sport in Ballarat and the Greater Western Region of Victoria.

    Members showed a strong support for the Club to explore all options to ensure a return to the VFL Competition at the earliest possible time. On this basis, I will be contacting AFL Victoria to commence discussions and negotiate in good faith about the requirements AFL Victoria have for the Roosters to return to the VFL Competition as the proud representative of our Club, City and Region.

    Kind Regards
    John Nevett
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  4. Roogal

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    BALLARAT COURIER:

    How the North Roosters believe they will make it back into the VFL

    October 23 2017 - 3:14PM


    North Ballarat Football Club chairman John Nevett has revealed some bold plans he hopes will see a return to the Victorian Football League.

    The establishment of a new club – which will include a new board and new name – is part of the discussions taking place as efforts are being made to win back the licence North Ballarat lost during September.

    Nevett said an important part of the process was to organise a meeting with AFL Victoria to seek clarity around potential rivals for a licence out of Western Victoria. “At that meeting, the first thing that we will be doing is asking them whether or not there are other players for the licence other than ourselves, because we can’t go ahead and make all the changes if it’s just going to be a waste of time,” Nevett said.

    Nevett said the potential new VFL club would receive a percentage of profits from the North Ballarat Sports Club, but would also require significant sponsorship funding to operate. A new name is definitely on the agenda, but Nevett felt the Roosters tag should probably stay. “If we come back, we’ve got to be able to keep the history of the Roosters,” he told The Courier. “It has got to go away from North Ballarat. It has to be seen that this is a club that’s actually representing more than just North Ballarat or Ballarat for that matter.”

    After significant cash concerns in recent years, Nevett said North Ballarat was now in a strong financial position to run a VFL program. This comes after the City of Ballarat forked out more than $5 million to North Ballarat to acquire the Eureka Stadium precinct. “That enabled us to clear our debt with the bank and enabled us to put something like $2.5 million or $3 million in the bank,” Nevett, who took over as chairman in February, said.

    “And a year out of the VFL means there’s more money. And then there will be more money coming out of the compensation claim. That’s our view.”

    Nevett said former chairman Peter Wilson had been involved in recent discussions after offering his support to the board in recent weeks. He said he hoped Wilson could spearhead the board of a potential new VFL club.

    If a new VFL club is to be created, Nevett hinted at potentially merging the boards of the North Ballarat Football Club and North Ballarat Sports Club, while keeping the existing North Ballarat Junior Football Netball Club set-up, which runs teams in the Ballarat league.
     
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  5. Dogs till i die

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    Good luck, hope a VFL team returns from the Ballarat area. Pardon my ignorance, but what is the link between the Roosters and North Ballarat City who play in the BFL, if there is one? Will the Roosters play in the BFL in 2018?
     
  6. Roogal

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    North Ballarat City were created by the North Ballarat Sports Club to fill the vacuum left between the BFNL Under 18s and the BFNL Seniors when the North Ballarat Senior team joined the VFL in 1996. On your second part of your question, the Roosters are seeking clarification from AFL Victoria as to the situation with any other rival bidders for the Ballarat franchise. There are rumours that AFL Goldfields is putting together a proposal for a representative team from several Leagues. The Roosters are formulating a business plan and will submit their proposal to rejoin the VFL under a new management structure, a new name, and business model sometime in early 2018.
     
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    Realise you are a Roosters supporter Roogal, but do you think a revamped, more sustainable Roosters is better for the VFL than a more representative team from the area? Playing devil's advocate here with no vested interest, but I think the VFL is a better comp with a Ballarat presence, just not sure what is best. The BFL is a very parochial local comp. and I'm not sure there is an appetite for VFL footy up there.
     
  8. thegreig

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    Will anyone actually get around a new team that isn't North Ballarat? It sounds good in theory but so did Bendigo Golds...
    I know it's a glass half empty view but the VFL is really just a reserves comp these days, which will makes it hard for any new club without a long history and/or existing fan base.
     
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    Bloody good question! I think that AFL Goldfields are mindful of not repeating the mistakes made by the Bendigo Bombers when they separated from Essendon. I think that more people in Ballarat will get behind an AFL Goldfields team that is being fed by four different leagues and based out of Mars Stadium. The footy fans of Ballarat will turn up in large numbers to watch and support a competative team that represents their community. That was the problem with North Ballarat, they were still very much regarded as North Ballarat even after 22 years in the VFL competition. It's not unlike the dilema that Port Adelaide have in the AFL. Apart from PA supporters, the other 1.7 million South Australians hate their guts and support the Crows and other SANFL teams.

    Bendigo is a good analogy here. The Bendigo Bombers didn't even really have a home ground of their own, a social club or anything which the Roosters always had at their disposal. The Ballarat Council are firmly on the record that Mars Stadium will be handed over to any Ballarat representative VFL Club and that the North Ballarat Sports Club will get their marching orders if its not the Roosters. That said, I wouldn't write off the Roosters yet. They are still quite cashed up, still have their facilities and hold a fighting reserve of a couple of million dollars from which to start rebuilding their VFL team if given the green light.

    If the Roosters don't get the nod as the VFL team and are forced to relocate from their existing facilities, then one would imagine that a similar facility to what Lake Wendouree have at the CE Brown Reserve will be built at the Northern Number 2 Oval and that will become North Ballarat's new home. I've even heard local gossip about them already putting the feelers out about building a new facility at Invermay in the event that they are not granted a new lease at Mars.
     
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    You make some good points and you are right about the parochialism of the BFNL. But the issue isn't that Ballarat people are not supportive of the VFL, the wider Ballarat Football Community are not supportive of North Ballarat Football Club. After all, the Roosters mercilessly flogged and humilated the rest of the BFNL between 1970-1996. There is as much love for them in Ballarat as what there is in South Australia for Port Adelaide. It's that bad.

    I believe that Ballarat people will get behind a team formed by AFL Goldfields acting as a VFL feeder team for the best players selected from across the various AFL Goldfields Leagues. Such a team would have Mars Stadium as its base, a magnificent social club and probably four times as many members and supporters as what the North Ballarat Roosters could muster. Interestingly, the Western Bulldogs have provisionally offered to support a Ballarat VFL entity, although even Peter Gordon has admitted that that may be very conditional considering that the Western Bulldogs already have their own VFL team.
     
  11. Obi fella

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    It's not a reserves comp to the stand alone clubs.
     

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    Yeah and look what happened to Bendigo Golds when they went back to being a stand alone club. That's my point, I don't see the club being viable unless you have the history and support like Port or Williamstown do with 100+ years of VFA(L) heritage. North Ballarat Roosters may not represent the entire region but they have history and dedicated fans who see the VFL as more than just a reserve competition, the new Ballarat club won't.
     
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