Local restructure to be revealed

Updated: January 30, 2016
AFL Barown Region General Manager Lee Hartman. Picture: ARJ GIESE


FEBRUARY 10 is looming as the one of most crucial dates in recent local football history in the Geelong region.

K rock Football.com.au can reveal AFL Barwon will present its revised competition restructure plan to the 34 local clubs that night in a meeting at Grovedale College.

“The Commission is ready to re-present the region restructure after receiving both written and verbal feedback from clubs and leagues on the original model presented last year,” Regional General Manager Lee Hartman said.

“We have listened to the stakeholders and taken into consideration the feedback received.”

Under the original proposal presented to clubs in April last year, the GFL would have been reduced from 12 to 10 clubs in 2016, the BFL remain at 10 teams and the GDFL increased to 14 teams.

That plan was subject to some criticism, especially from GFL clubs in the firing line to be effectively relegated, as well as the GDFL, and was put on hold less than a month later.

That original meeting was also the first time plans for the implementation of a points system and the re-introduction of a salary cap, which are in place for 2016, were revealed.

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