Dockers, Eagles now want WAFL sides in 2013
West Coast and Fremantle’s hopes of fielding second-tier teams in the WAFL next season have been dashed, but their bold bid remains a possibility in 2013.
The WA Football Commission plans to complete a thorough assessment of the proposal which was rejected last month by WAFL clubs and aims to make recommendations by the end of the year to improve the State competition.
Part of the assessment will include submissions from all nine WAFL clubs on the proposal by WA’s two AFL teams, despite their flat rejection.
WAFC chief executive Wayne Bradshaw said there was no possibility the second-tier teams would be included next season.
But a WAFC meeting last night confirmed that a further assessment of the bid would continue.
“We will address the full plan and we’re going to give it due consideration,” Bradshaw said.
“As part of that, we’ll be asking questions of the clubs, if necessary, and we’ll be receiving submissions from the WAFL clubs.
“We want to say to the AFL clubs, the (WAFL) clubs didn’t like it and the reasons why to give them an insight into what’s not acceptable.
“We’ve asked the WAFL clubs to provide positives and negatives on the submission.
“There’s a few that are supportive, but most are not … we’re always looking for methods for continually improving the WAFL.
“(But) It wouldn’t be happening in 2012.”
West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett said last night the two AFL clubs had not yet given up their hopes of fielding second-tier teams.
He said they hoped to meet with all WAFL club presidents again to discuss the polarising issue before their submissions were lodged with the WAFC by July 31.
Nisbett said the problems of the current system were again highlighted in Claremont’s battle against South Fremantle last Sunday where Eagles teammates Andrew Gaff and Lewis Stevenson were opponents.
“They’ve started a process and we’ll have a look at the submissions that come in,” Nisbett said.
“We’re hopeful that any process we go through from here on in will give a good result for footy in Western Australia, but also give us the teams we need.”