The Border Watch : December 12th 2013
30 WESTERN BORDER FOOTBALL Missing clubs cost WBFL $11,000 Trading turnaround planned for 2014 MORRIS ROD firstname.lastname@example.org THE Western Border Football League has recorded a substantial trading loss of $11,000 for 2013. Despite the fact sponsorship support and income from a reduced four match fi nals series, exceeded budget and expectations, the WBFL traded at a loss. WBFL chief executive offi cer, David Heard said the major reason behind the fi nancial loss was the decision by the board of management to maintain club fees at the same rate that has applied since 2008. But with the merger and subsequent loss of the Hamilton Magpies and Hamilton Imperials and the added loss of Portland to the Hampden Football League, the accumulated club fees of those three clubs, played a signifi cant factor in the loss. In layman’s terms, income was down one third on expected budget after the departure of the three clubs. The WBFL’s 2014 annual meeting was held on Monday of this week, but for the second year in a row, the media was not informed in advance nor invited to attend the meeting. Outgoing president JIM May, president of the WBFL since the 2010 season did not seek re-election for a fi fth term and his replacement is respected Casterton football offi cial, Clyde Lawrence. Mr Lawrence served as Casterton Football Club president for four years, 2008-11 and for the last two season has been a member of the WBFL’s executive panel. Mr Lawrence has vowed to lift the WBFL profi le and stabilise its future, which has been under a cloud since the departure of the Heywood, Imperials, Hamilton and Portland clubs over the course of the last two years. Also departing the WBFL executive from this year are Peter Collins, who has accepted an assistant coaching position with Mid South East club, Kalangadoo and Ken Stratton, who acted as junior co-ordinator throughout 2013. Returned as executive members were Bill Downs (for a sixth term) and Des Beaton, Bronwyn McCallum and Dot Sheridan all for a second term. Trevor Smart, the chief executive offi cer of the District Council of Grant has accepted an invitation to join the executive and Mr Heard said there is still one vacancy to fi ll. The new look 2014 WBFL executive is expected to meet with the six member clubs next Monday night to discuss – and sign-off on – a range of issues, including next year’s roster and the under age competition structure. Admission prices that were in place this year, will remain static for 2014. Major factors in trading loss SIGNIFICANT factors working against the WBFL in 2013 included – largely because of three less clubs – included $97,595 less income, $88,433 less expenditure, 27 less roster games and two less fi nals matches. Total fi nals gates of $87,164 (six matches) in 2012 against $62,582 (four matches) this year compared favourably, $14,527 (2012) v $15,645 (2013) per average game. Sponsorship was down by more than $23,000 – $62,407 v $85,886 – but, again to be expected with a market place considerably less than previously enjoyed. The WBFL saved almost $40,000 in umpire costs and $8000 because of no interleague game, but also missed out on the annual VCFL player rebate, which in 2012 was $10,000. Most other signifi cant income and expenditure was on par with recent seasons and despite the trading loss, the WBFL executive and member clubs should have no real reason for concern in that area. Mr Heard said work on the 2014 budget draft 30 - The Border Watch, Thursday, December 12, 2013 NEW LOOK CATS: The proposed jumper the Casterton-Sanford Football Club will be wearing in the Western Border Football League next season. Jumper design: Access Clothing. had already started and indications of a trading turnaround was a high priority. That priority will no doubt include a decision to increase individual club levies which have been static since 2008. New look Cats THE proposed Casterton-Sandford Football Netball Club merger will become offi cial this Sunday. Casterton members have been urged to ensure they are fi nancial and registered to vote. Membership application forms have been forwarded to all known former members and completed forms with payments closed with the club secretary on December 4. From a straw poll meeting that Casterton held late last month, indications are that the merger vote will go through without problems this Sunday. The new Casterton – Sandford union will play home games at Island Park and the jumper, while remaining largely blue and white hoops, will carry a subtle red and white logo, signifying Sandford’s heritage. NEW CHIEFS: Clyde Lawrence (left) and Des Beaton have been elected president and vice-president respectively in the Western Border Football League. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au OUTGOING PRESIDENT: After four years as president of the Western Border Football League, Jim May decided not to seek re-election at this week’s annual meeting. NOT ALL GLOOM: Despite the Western Border Football League recording an $11,000 trading loss for 2013, things are not as bleak as they seem. Three teams less from 2012 was a deciding factor, according to WBFL CEO David Heard.
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