The Corowa-Rutherglen Football Netball Club unveiled its proposal to keep the club viable and maintain a strong sense of community during a future direction meeting on Monday night.
A crowd of around 180 residents gathered at the John Foord Oval clubrooms to hear how the club may overcome its shortage of players to fill jumpers, which is as much a community issue as it is a problem for the football club.
Corowa-Rutherglen Football Netball Club Junior President Beau Longmire, who is also the steering committee spokesman, presented the proposal which will see the Roos move towards an alignment with Hume League’s CDHBU.
CDHBU presented the same proposal at its respective future direction meeting last Thursday.
The Roos will align themselves with CDHBU under the proposal, along with scrapping its reserve side.
Under the concept, Corowa-Rutherglen Football Netball Club (in the Ovens and Murray Football Netball League) would establish a registered and contracted senior list of a maximum of 35 players next season.
The list may be less initially and players added during the season.
CRFNC Seniors will play in the region’s strongest competition, the Ovens and Murray, and may select from that list of 35 or from Under 18 players.
If Corowa-Rutherglen recruits players from Howlong, Billabong Crows, Rutherglen or Wahgunyah, those players if not selected in the Ovens and Murray side, will be able to play in their respective club.
CDHBU Seniors and Reserves may select from their list and the remaining CRFNC Senior list not selected in OMFNL.
Longmire said, basically, if a player missed out on a game in the seniors, they would be aligned to CDHBU.
The netball structure would remain the same, for both Corowa-Rutherglen and CDHBU.
The proposal also hopes to maintain both senior clubs as entities for an initial 12-month period and the senior squads would train as one in Corowa on Tuesday night.
Longmire told the crowd the club was not saying this was the perfect model.
“I don’t know one and I don’t pretend it’s even close,” he said.
“There’s been some debate in the recent past about whether there is even a problem and whether we can continue to have our reserves and can continue footy the way it has been.
“Everyone I think will agree that in five years’ time or in the near future that footy won’t be the same as it has been, there’s no chance, and it hasn’t been the same for the last 100 years, so why is it going to be the same in the future?
“Are we going to sit here and say we are too stubborn or are we going to have a managed intervention and take control of our community’s destiny?”
The presentation went for just over an hour after which residents were invited to ask questions.
Many residents voiced their appreciation with the club researching a solution, while others expressed their concerns with abolishing the reserves side.
The next step will see both clubs present the proposal to their respective league and governing bodies.