The AFL Goulburn Murray Commission has two new Commissioners following its Annual General Meeting held at Kialla Park Community Centre on Thursday 22 March.
Geraldine Christou was elected as the region’s first female Commissioner with long time local junior football administrator Chris Thomas also elected. Greg Freer, who was up for re-election, was also returned with all three Commissioners being elected unopposed.
Departing the Commission is Wayne Limbrick who has stood down after being a part of the Commission since its inception.
AFL Goulburn Murray Chairman Nicholas Rolfe paid tribute to Limbrick and welcomed the two new Commissioners.
“Wayne has been an integral member of and a great contributor to the Commission since its inception in November 2013” he said.
“His analytical nature and strategic thinking has been very helpful in the Commission establishing its processes and procedures and he has been a great driver in the Commission’s growth over the past few years.”
“On behalf of the football netball community I would like to thank Wayne for his tireless service and wish him the best of luck as he tackles new projects.”
“Geraldine and Chris will bring very different but very complimentary skill sets to the table with Geraldine’s strategy, governance and local government knowledge being very important and Chris’ experience with junior football over a such long period of time adding to his management and consulting experiences.”
“The 2017 season has been another big one with a number of significant achievements both on and off the field.”
“The new office at Kialla Park Community Centre was opened during the year, we launched a new women’s league and the Free Footy Festival was a massive hit in Shepparton on the AFL Grand Final public holiday.”
“Our Junior Football Future Directions Project has been a significant undertaking involving all stakeholders with a number of key recommendations that, whilst they are still in draft form, are focused on supporting clubs with developing their own player pathway.”
“There have been some serious challenges over the off season with the PDFNL choosing to not affiliate on the eve of the season and the 13 clubs who have followed the Board will serve their season in the football wilderness without the support of the greater football community.”
“The Constitution of the PDFNL provides that the league must affiliate with the VCFL. As the VCFL contracted with AFL Victoria to provide all operational services; then the league should now affiliate with AFL GM. At no stage has anyone from the League provided any information which would indicate that a special General Meeting was held to amend the Constitution to reflect the decision to not affiliate.”
“Ultimately we hope that the PDFNL will decide to affiliate in the future.”
“Good luck to all affiliated leagues and their clubs for the 2018 season.”