League officials gather to discuss administration

Central Highlands Football League president Eddy Comelli remains determined to avoid a takeover from a regional administration hub.

Comelli was present at Sunday’s meeting of league officials from around the state, who gathered at the Bungaree football ground to discuss the best way forward to keep their independence.

Members from umpiring bodies were also in attendance.

Meeting organiser and Geelong and District league president Neville Whitley said there had been pressure put on leagues not currently involved in regional administration centres to join by the start of 2019.

Comelli said the Central Highlands league – which includes football and netball – was keen to maintain its operational powers.

AFL Goldfields administers the region’s Ballarat, Maryborough Castlemaine District and Riddell District competitions, but the Central Highlands is independent.

LISTENING IN: Central Highlands Football League board members Doug Hobson and Eddy Comelli are pictured at Sunday's meeting in Bungaree. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric.

LISTENING IN: Central Highlands Football League board members Doug Hobson and Eddy Comelli are pictured at Sunday's meeting in Bungaree. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric.

“That’s why we were there. That’s why we’re participating in this process,” Comelli said.

“We definitely want to remain independent. We want to retain the power to appoint who we want to administer our football and netball leagues. That’s basically what our mantra is.”

Comelli said a group of people from the meeting would continue to communicate and work out the best way forward.