Buninyong has thrown its support behind flailing club Smythesdale, saying the club deserves to find a home.
In a letter posted on Smythesdale’s social media page, Buninyong president Phillip Wilson provided contrast to the comments of Central Highlands Football League president Eddy Comelli, who said earlier in the week the club was not welcome back into the CHFL.
Wilson tipped his hat to the job president John Cranny and secretary Bronwyn Cranny were doing to ensure Smythesdale’s survival and wished the club well in its bid.
“The Smythesdale Football Netball Club has had its challenges over the past couple of years. I think most people within the league were anything but sympathetic towards the club’s predicament, but I have found that since the club elected John and Bronwyn into their respective roles the outlook has changed,” Wilson wrote.
“John and Bronwyn have made great efforts to be approachable from other clubs and ask for advice, assistance and have been willing listeners in the face of constructive criticism.
“I believe personally that the Smythesdale Football Netball Club is in great hands and deserves to be accepted as a club that is making great inroads into its survival as a Football Netball Club.
The Buninyong Football Netball Club wishes John and Bronwyn and their board all the best for the future, and hopes strongly that Smythesdale finds a home where it is able to thrive as a club.”
Meanwhile, there is no update on Smythesdale’s position moving forward.
The club met with the AFL Goldfields commission on Tuesday night to discuss its options for a home, but Cranny told The Courier on Friday the club hoped there would be more clarity early next week.
Smythesdale fielded all five netball teams in 2018 and four of the five football teams, boasting a promising junior program. The club will continue to fight hard for its survival in the hope the junior structures can provide it with longevity after a difficult period since joining the CHFL in 2011.