CASTERTON will become a one team district after the combined meeting of Casterton and Sandford FNC members voted overwhelmingly to merge and play in the Western Border competition from 2014 onwards.
Following ongoing discussions between the two clubs since the end of the 2013 season, the clubs held meetings with their own members where a merger was strongly favoured by both organisations.
After a slight hic-cup delayed a combined meeting to vote on the proposed merger and name change, any doubt that the teams would combine were firmly put to bed during Sunday’s vote.
While there had been whispers of disgruntlement in some quarters, the meeting and vote went ahead without disruption and left no doubt about how the members of both clubs wanted to continue their football and netball futures.
Casterton president Barry Kent said that while the paperwork still needed to be completed to finalise the new club’s formation, it allowed the club to prepare for a new existence and for all supporters to get behind their now one club without divided loyalties.
“The town has one club now and we just move forward,” he said.
“The meeting was to vote on the special resolution that the name Casterton Football Netball Club Incorporated be changed to the Casterton-Sandford Football Netball Club Incorporated.
“That vote was taken at the end of the meeting and there was 230 votes cast.
“There were 209 for and 21 against which represented a percentage of 90.9 for and 9.1 against, so the motion was carried.
“Where we go from here is that papers will be now lodged with Consumer Affairs for the name change and obviously that will take some time because the mail we’ve got is that they are snowed under with a lot of rule changes at the moment, so there is a lot of stuff to be done.
“So it will probably be early next year when we’ll call an AGM where all positions will be declared vacant and the new club will properly form.
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, December 17, 2013