Panmure Football Netball Club president Maree Condon says the club wants to continue as its own entity.
It comes after members of Allansford and Panmure cricket clubs signed off on a deal to merge in July after months of deliberation.
Allansford-Panmure will feature in the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association this summer.
Panmure finished runner-up in the Grassmere Cricket Association division one competition earlier this year.
Condon said the Warrnambool and District league football-netball club was committed to remaining the Panmure Bulldogs.
"I think it's probably that we're proud of the history of the club," she said.
"We started in the Mount Noorat Football League years ago and probably a lot of those teams have merged or since disappeared.
"It's really important for us to stay as Panmure."
Kolora-Noorat, Timboon Demons and Allansford are among the merged clubs in the WDFNL.
The Bulldogs have won five senior football premierships and one A grade netball flag since joining the WDFNL in 1997.
Condon said it was a source of "massive" pride for the club.
"Even the older people involved in the club talk about that pride we have that we stand alone and we've had success from a lot of hard work from a lot of people," she said.
The president noted the club still had its first premiership cup from 1921.
She hopes to celebrate 100 years since the milestone.
Condon is part of the fabric of the club.
Her father Bill Bourke and her brother Peter have been president as well.
Condon knows there's hard work ahead to keep the club going.
Panmure was calling for more junior players for its under 12.5s, under 15s and under 18s football teams earlier this season.
The Bulldogs went without an under 15 team last year.
"Definitely, that side of it (juniors) needs attention," she said.
"We need to work harder on it as a club and committee. In the past, we've probably, to our detriment, got our senior coaches and just relaxed.
"And not thought long and hard about our junior coaches. And that's something we're endeavouring to look at this year (2021)."
Condon said broadening the focus would help.
"I suppose we've looked internally all the time for one of our players to take a (junior) coaching role," she said.
"We need to go further and go outside our area."
The Bulldogs leader said one of the challenges was attracting juniors to the club because of travel.
She said some junior-aged players in Panmure attended school in Warrnambool and found it easier to play for a Warrnambool team.
"We have to look further outside our little community for players," she said.
The club has been exploring options and had planned to run a bus from Warrnambool to Panmure for Thursday night training this year.
Condon said, apart from Panmure residents, the club looked to Warrnambool and surrounding areas for its players.
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