Warrnambool and District Football Netball League to scrap interleague involvement for 2018

BACKFLIP: Warrnambool and District Football Netball League president Ken McSween says a number of factors meant his board had to postpone interleague.

BACKFLIP: Warrnambool and District Football Netball League president Ken McSween says a number of factors meant his board had to postpone interleague.

BOARD members have scrapped the Warrnambool and District Football Netball League’s interleague involvement, but president Ken McSween says the door isn’t forever shut.

The Standard understands the Hampden and Warrnambool and District leagues couldn’t agree terms on a proposed double-header at Reid Oval for May 19.

McSween said the fixture – which gifted both leagues home games – was a contributing factor in the decision.

“You’re basically cutting each other out – it’s tough scheduling,” he said.

McSween, who favours the senior interleague concept, said the league would still field a side at the annual junior carnival in Hamilton.

“Dropping that was never a consideration – it’s vital for talent identification,” he said.

Hampden league president John Ross said a number of parties were involved in a decision to keep Reid Oval exclusively for their clash. “It was a decision with all – the league, the team we’re playing, so Bendigo, and our coaching staff – that they decided they didn’t want a double-header,” he said.