WAFL golf equipment are protesting proposed fixturing laid out by the West Australian Soccer Fee that might see every membership play 20 video games subsequent yr as an alternative of 18.
On Tuesday evening the WAFC agreed on an extended season, which might culminate in a grand closing on Saturday, October 7 – per week after the AFL decider.
This was regardless of a powerful stance from the vast majority of golf equipment, who wished it to return to the Sunday earlier than the AFL grand closing, the normal timeslot after two years of being held in October.
A disaster assembly was held between membership officers and the fee on Thursday, the place membership officers expressed their displeasure with not solely the fixture mannequin however the resolution course of.
The golf equipment complained concerning the size of the season and the strain placed on soccer packages and personnel.
It’s believed the WAFC is wanting a 20-game 2023 season plus three byes and 4 weeks of finals throughout 26 weeks to allow them to begin at Easter and end in October.
East Fremantle chief govt Todd Shimmon mentioned he and his colleagues have been upset after being given two proposals, choosing one after which being offered with a 3rd as a closing resolution by the fee with no additional enter.
“We play one another twice and the integrity of the competitors is what’s most vital to us,” he mentioned.
“To be instructed we may be taking part in two additional video games impacts the integrity of the competitors as properly it additionally has an impression on the reserves and colts, as a result of they run a 16-game competitors as a result of West Coast isn’t concerned.
“Workers and volunteers have simply come off a 10-month season and now they’re set to arrange for an 11-month competitors with only a few weeks off with little discover.”
One senior membership official instructed The West Australian the golf equipment felt like they weren’t being listened to, with a number of issues ignored by the fee.
Thursday’s assembly lasted lower than half an hour and included West Coast chief govt Trevor Nisbett, who’s reported to have backed the WAFL golf equipment.
WAFC chief govt Michael Roberts instructed The West Australian on Wednesday evening the fee made choices that “we consider are in one of the best curiosity of the competitors”.
“Golf equipment present their suggestions on what they consider, however that’s our position. We take that on board and we talk about that,” he mentioned.
“We additionally had golf equipment that have been adamant that it must be the week after. You very not often get full consensus with all golf equipment and I believe as a fee we had an excellent dialogue and we begin to consider what’s greatest for the competitors, what’s greatest for our followers and I believe should you embody the surveys from the followers as properly, you’d see they’re extraordinarily supportive of the week after the grand closing.
“We consider every thing once we make these choices.”
The proposed season is 2 weeks longer than in 2022, with Roberts saying floating fixtures have been an choice to fill the gaps.
Roberts additionally wouldn’t rule out the sport being held at a WAFL floor fairly than Optus Stadium.
“There was plenty of suggestions following this yr’s grand closing at Leederville round that is what WAFL’s about,” he mentioned.
“If you happen to checked out that, group grounds are unbelievable however then you definitely take a look at the infrastructure and group grounds are plenty of work as a result of most of them that may deal with the capability we’re on the lookout for are in want of enhancements.
“You search for ease of operation and an untapped crowd and Optus Stadium is the winner. That’s the subsequent mission I assume.”