CHFL close to signing its new affiliation agreement

MAN IN CHARGE: Eddy Comelli, pictured at a meeting of leagues around Victoria earlier this year, said he expected the affiliation agreement with AFL Goldfields to be signed soon.
MAN IN CHARGE: Eddy Comelli, pictured at a meeting of leagues around Victoria earlier this year, said he expected the affiliation agreement with AFL Goldfields to be signed soon.

The Central Highlands Football League remains yet to sign a new affiliation agreement with AFL Goldfields as the long-running debate around the cost and level of its services continues.

Despite the standoff, CHFL president Eddy Comelli said there was no major points of concern in the agreement and expected it to be finalised in the short-term future.

Comelli said the league was looking at a three-year deal with AFL Goldfields, but it would not include becoming part of the regional administration hub that looks after the neighbouring Ballarat, Maryborough Castlemaine District and Riddell District competitions.

Instead, the CHFL will continue to appoint its own administration – a right it has fought hard to retain.

The CHFL board is set attend another meeting of football, netball and umpire league officials from around the state next month.

Like the one held earlier in the year, the meeting will see representatives discuss the pros and cons of regional administration hubs.

Comelli said a recently-formed sub-committee had been given assurances from AFL Victoria that leagues wouldn’t be forced to join the hubs in season 2019, something that had originally been expected to take place.

The upcoming meeting will be held at the Bungaree clubrooms on July 15.