The Border Watch : November 21st 2013
38 SPORT VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Stumbling block in front of merger Not enough fi nancial members...yet MORRIS ROD email@example.com THE proposed and possible merger between the Casterton and Sandford football netball clubs has hit a stumbling block which could either temporarily hinder the plan or derail it altogether. Casterton have planned to meet this Sunday to discuss – and formally vote – on a merger which would – if successful – come into place almost immediately. But...and it’s a big but, new Casterton Football Club president, Mr Barry Kent placed an advertisement in his town’s local paper yesterday, stating that club membership had expired at the recent annual meeting on October 27. “Hence, a meeting to be held at Casterton on Sunday will discuss a proposal to merge with Sandford, but no binding vote will be taken, but expressions of interest will be sought,” Mr Kent said in his advert. Casterton, which is a foundation member of the Western Border Football League is now the sole Victorian representative, following recent departures and/ or mergers of Heywood, Portland and the two Hamilton based clubs, Imperials and Magpies. Sandford was established in 1887 and has played in a variety of competitions throughout its history, including the Casterton District Football Association (1926-32), Merino League (1933-40), Glenelg Association (1945-59), Glenelg League (1960-69) and Portland-Port Fairy competition (1970-77) before joining the South West District Football League more than 30 years ago. Mr Kent and his Casterton executive committee have forwarded a fi ve page document to immediate past fi nancial members, outlining, facts and fi gures and positives and negatives behind the proposal, however rumours fi ltering through from Casterton are leaning towards the merger failing. A splinter faction is believed to be encouraging members to attend the meeting, but to voice their disapproval. The positives of the merger include the Casterton-Sandford townships represented by one unifi ed body, lessening player movement between two geographically close clubs, an increase in players, volunteer workers and supporter numbers, reducing the request burden on potential sponsors, extra administration support and fundraising possibilities. The two clubs reportedly spent $170,000 this year in their football departments (Casterton $100,000 and Sandford $70,000) a fi gure which would give the new club some bargaining power. Among the negatives are the loss of some players from either of the clubs as they currently stand, while there would also be a potential loss of sponsors from some businesses who may not support the move. Casterton has reportedly lost 10 players from its 2013 group, while it is yet to announce any new recruits. The merger proposal includes the new club carrying the name: Casterton-Sandford Football Netball Club and colours would be predominantly blue and white hoops – which Casterton currently wear – with a touch of red to signify Sandford’s identity. The club’s home base would be at Island Park in Casterton. Both clubs have assets and it is understood debts are minimal, which paves the way for a happy union although that may be some time off if members cannot vote on the proposal this weekend. ROAR OF THE TIGERS: Millicent forward Glenn Gascoyne has signed with MSEFL club, Tantanoola for the 2014 season. Tigers snare Gascoyne J.L. “FRED” SMITH .L. “FRED” SMITH STAR Millicent forward, Glenn Gascoyne has confi rmed the streettalk that he will play with Mid South East Football League club, Tantanoola in 2014. He has taken to social media to make the following statement: “After fi ve seasons at Millicent I have decided it’s time to move on and have a fresh start. “I have met some great people and made some great memories on and off the fi eld. “I wish the Saints all the best for next year but in saying that, I am excited about the up and coming season and cannot wait to get out on the track with my new teammates at “Tant.” “Go Tigers,” wrote Gascoyne. New Tantanoola coach, Jason Dawe said Gascoyne was also keen to join the red and whites. Dawe said the club had begun negotiations with him over a month ago. “Obviously he has some mates at Tantanoola and is looking forward to a change,” Dawe said. “We have also signed Clay Reilly from Millicent.” “We have spoken individually to all players and our meet-the-coach day is on December 1,” he added. Originally from Mildura, Gascoyne made his Western Border Football League debut in 2009 and went on to play 83 matches and boot 176 goals with the Saints. Gascoyne was a member of Milli- cent’s 2010 grand fi nal side which lost by three points to West Gambier. He played every game last season in various key positions for a return of 29 goals. The move to Tantanoola will be his second bid to play in the Mid South East Football League. At the end of the 2011 season, he was cleared to Mount Burr. However, he had a change of heart and instead headed to Queensland where he spent the early part of the 2012 season with South Cairns where the coach was former West Gambier and Hamilton mentor Grant Russell. Gascoyne returned to Millicent midway through 2012 and played the last eight games of the season with the Saints. 38 - The Border Watch, Thursday, November 21, 2013 CATS CLAWING AT FUTURE: Casterton Football Netball Club members have been asked to attend a meeting this Sunday to discuss the possible merger with the neighbouring Sandford club. Demons pounce on two Tigers From back page In other football news, two former East Gambier players – Dylan Dempsey and Josh Ransom - have been linked to the vacant Bulldogs’ senior coaching position. Dempsey left Mount Gambier four years ago to fulfi l a dream of playing senior football in the SANFL with North Adelaide and in recent years has played in the Northern Territory. Ransom, son of dual West Gambier coach, Keith Ransom, played just one game with West this season, while also toying with overtures of a coaching appointment with Mount Burr in the MSEFL. East Gambier Football Club president, Mr James Kitschke was unavailable for comment yesterday. RETURNING HOME: Brayden Kain is returning to South Gambier after several years in Adelaide.
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