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It’s official, The Southern Mallee Giants are in the WFL

Southern Mallee Giants celebrate HDFNL Senior Grand Final 2017.

Southern Mallee Giants celebrate HDFNL Senior Grand Final 2017.

Horsham District Football League premiers Southern Mallee Giants are joining the Wimmera Football League.

See the new, updated draw including the Southern Mallee Giants here: New 2018 Wimmera Football League draw

The Giants won approval to compete in the Wimmera league after a four-step process was achieved within a two week period, with all parties conscious of time and the effect on the other members within both the Wimmera Football League and the Horsham District Football Netball league.

Click here for the new, updated draw after the move of the Southern Mallee Giants to Wimmera Football League: New Horsham and District Football League draw for 2018

AFL Wimmera Mallee Region General Manager Bruce Petering said once the Giants were keen to explore possibilities, the concept quickly gained momentum.
“The situation we have now is that all governing parties have approved the move,” he said.

“It is exciting for the region. We now have another very competitive team in the WFL and the HDFNL is much more even at the top end with a host of team’s real premiership contenders.”

The HDFNL board voted to release the Giants, the WFL and WNA voted to accept the new team and finally the AFL Wimmera Mallee Commission has approved the move.

“This represents a real positive within the AFL Wimmera Mallee Commission and the governing process locally that we can achieve a result quickly,” Mr Petering said.

“What it also displays is that clubs and leagues can be fluid in their makeup. If a club is better suited within another league, then why shouldn’t there be a process that allows that to take place.
“This decision in no way is a negative towards the future directions review process, in reality it complements what the review’s aim is, in structuring the game for the best possible result for the game.

“As seen with Edenhope-Apsley’s discussion and decision, there is certainly a need to create the best possible structure, provide the required resources and have the most competent people within the industry being committed to making the decisions that will benefit the game well into the future. What this all looks like is yet to be finalised and more consultation will be required.”

A revised draw will be released within days that will allow clubs to finalise their planning.
“A mark of the excitement is that a number of WFL clubs are scrambling to host the Giants first up,” Mr Petering said.

The club announced the move today.
The Giants’ senior football side has won two consecutive premierships during two undefeated seasons in Horsham District league.
Beulah and Hopetoun – once bitter Southern Mallee League rivals – merged at the end of 2014 and played their first games as Southern Mallee Giants in the final year of the now-defunct Mallee league.

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Posted on Jan 19 2018

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