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    Minyip-Murtoa coaches Billie Bibby and John Delahunty. Wimmera Football League and Wimmera Netball Association have officially merged.

Officials sign off on Wimmera football and netball merger

Wimmera Football League and Wimmera Netball Association have officially merged.

The long-time partners formalised their relationship at a special meeting on Monday night.

The combined entity will now be known as Wimmera Football Netball League.

Clubs competing in the Wimmera football and netball competitions are already football-netball clubs, based on shared association, fixtures and history.

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A working party had been analysing and assessing issues surrounding the proposal.

AFL Wimmera Mallee region manager Jason Muldoon said the outcome was the result of a thorough exploration process.

“Members of both Wimmera Netball Association and Wimmera Football League thank the working party that has worked diligently to achieve a positive outcome. They also acknowledge the working groups that have previously gathered information and data that was used to achieve the amalgamation,” he said.

The move sets both organisations on a new course of collective administration and the new group will now advertise for WFNL management board representatives.

A commission replaced a traditional delegates operational system in Wimmera Football League decades ago and Wimmera Netball Association clubs have taken it in turns annually to run their competition with a roster system.

The administrations of both sporting groups, in recognising the close relationship between the two, have in the past 20 years moved closer together.

A major development reflecting this relationship came several years ago when officials combined Toohey Medal football and Hatcher Medal netball presentation celebrations. 

The WFNL now directly represents football and netball communities in Horsham, Ararat, Stawell, Nhill, Warracknabeal, Minyip, Murtoa, Hopetoun and Beulah districts.

“All members are encouraged to seek candidates to sit on the board that will set the direction of football and netball of the group,” Mr Muldoon said.

He said people seeking position descriptions and expression-of-interest application forms could call him on 0417 133 990 or email

The competition decision follows in the footsteps of Horsham District Football Netball League, which runs parallel to Wimmera league.

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