Eagles, Dockers licences hot topic at meeting
WAFL presidents will question West Coast and Fremantle officials over their stance on the licences of WA’s two AFL teams at a meeting next month amid fears they could be relinquished.
The issue will rear its head at the meeting provisionally scheduled for August 8 in the wake of AFL football operations manager Adrian Anderson reiterating a desire from the league’s governing body to overhaul the licence structure of the State’s powerhouse clubs.
_The West Australian _revealed in February this year that AFL supremo Andrew Demetriou wanted the WA Football Commission to give back the licences for West Coast and Fremantle, effectively increasing his administration’s control over WA football.
All nine WAFL presidents are expected to attend next month’s meeting along with West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett and chairman Alan Cransberg.
Fremantle president Steve Harris and chief executive Steve Rosich will also be in attendance.
It is understood a recent conversation between Rosich and WAFL council of presidents chairman Haydn Raitt will prompt the licences to be discussed at the meeting.
Raitt said the WAFL clubs wanted to know West Coast and Fremantle’s stance.
“We just want to sit down and have as transparent and open a discussion as we can on football in WA and where they see their licences going and other bits and pieces,” Raitt said.
“We think that’s the best way to thrash it all out and probably teach them a little bit of respect about the WAFL. They don’t appear to have enormous respect for us and their submission to put the two (reserves) sides in probably backed that up a bit.”
A push by West Coast and Fremantle to field reserves teams in the WAFL from 2012 failed last month after the WAFC opted not to support the existing proposal.
West Perth president Brett Raponi said there was no point discussing what the WAFL could do for the two AFL clubs if West Coast and Fremantle supported the commission giving up their licences.
“We don’t want to walk out of there not sure where we really stand,” Raponi said of the meeting.
“It’s either yes, we want them (the licences) to stay or no, we don’t.