Interleague-VFL triple-header in doubt

A FOOTBALL feast involving two interleague matches and a VFL showcase at Colac’s Central Reserve is on the brink of falling apart.

The Colac and District Football League (CDFL) is considering shifting the May 24 junior and senior interleague matches against the Warrnambool and District Football Netball League (WDFNL) to a nearby venue.

The shift, most likely to Western Oval, would put the contests in direct competition with a VFL match between Werribee and Richmond at Central Reserve.

The revelation comes after a meeting between CDFL, Colac Otway Shire Council and Werribee representatives in Colac last week.

CDFL chairman Peter Lucas said the Werribee representatives were increasingly uncertain the facilities at Central Reserve could handle the triple-header.

Lucas said the VFL clubs had the final say on whether the triple-header went ahead, bringing state-level football  to Colac for the first time.

“On the day the Werribee guys were fairly enthusiastic. There were some obstacles there but they thought some compromises could be made,” Lucas said.

“I sent them a timeline of when we would be needing changerooms and the guy from Werribee has got back to me.

“They haven’t knocked it on the head completely but that was the tone of the email. 

“He certainly didn’t say that as such. He said there seemed to be a lot of compromises. There are certainly a lot more issues that need some work.

“Whether it’s worthwhile working through them or waiting until there has been some more development at the venue, we have to wait and see.” Lucas said shifting the interleague matches to May 25 was unviable because of the WDFNL’s commitment to the South West Junior Football Carnival.

“We haven’t had a full board meeting, so this is me speaking on my own,” he said.

“The Sunday isn’t an option. And if the triple-header isn’t an option for Werribee, we will go it alone.

“We definitely want interleague to go ahead. It’s something we’ve committed to and it’s something that’ll go ahead from our end. 

“From speaking to the Warrnambool guys, I think they’ll be happy with whatever happens.”

Lucas said he was confident the issue would not impact the relationship between the CDFL and Werribee down the track.

The Tigers are linked with TAC club Geelong Falcons and want to build their profile in the Colac district to create a pathway for top footballers.

“They understood the reasoning. They won’t harbour any grudge against us if the situation eventuates we have to go up against them,” Lucas said.

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