Bunbury’s Omission May Be Costly

August 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm 3 comments

When it was announced on Tuesday that current Premier League side Bunbury Forum Force would not be playing in the new National Premier Leagues competition next season, and would be replaced by Subiaco, the strength of feeling against the decision was strong, and not just from the country areas.

Having talked about taking football to the outlying areas to involve more children playing outside of the metropolitan area, the news that none of the clubs in the South West of Perth, Bunbury, Rockingham or Mandurah were accepted into the NPL came as a greater shock.

One thing that Football West may not have banked on is the fighting spirit of country people.

Not the Footy Show understands that Bunbury’s omission has garnered political support from all parties, and that those MPs supporting the club’s inclusion in the state’s premier football competition are advocating funding cuts  to Football West.

Even if that does not happen there is no doubt the spending of Football West’s funding in country areas is likely to come under more scrutiny in the future, and the dream of a Government subsidised “Home of Football” may well take a hit. Certainly there will be no more cases, as happened recently, of a staff member flying to a Port Hedland for a two hour meeting and flying back at a cost of in the region of $2000. The staff member will be expected to do a little more in the community to justify that cost.

What is the solution? A 14 team league has been suggested, but is that really the best option? Without midweek games there may be a problem fitting in the fixtures. Would that help the standard of football?

The NPL was rushed through to meet an FFA deadline. Western Australian football is now paying the price. Will those current Premier League clubs selected for the NPL stand behind Bunbury or simply pay them lip-service? It would be wise for them to consider how they would feel if the boot was on the other foot, as in the contract they signed to join the NPL it states:

“Football West reserves the right to revoke a Club’s licence for failing to comply.” . This application is only in respect of the 2014 – 2015 seasons of the National Premier Leagues – WA. Any successful application for the 2014 season is subject to a review at the end of the 2014 and 2015 seasons and the Club continuing to meet the eligibility 
criteria; . c) Participation in the National Premier Leagues – WA for season 2016 and beyond, will be 
subject to compliance of all criteria for 2014/2015 and new criteria that may be 
introduced; “

Clubs were worried about the cost to them becoming a part of the NPL, it now looks as if the cost to Football West and the game as a whole, could be greater than anticipated.

 

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Struth  |  September 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    But its OPM (Other peoples money ) so who cares that fees go up and spending is rife at FW..

    “”a staff member flying to a Port Hedland for a two hour meeting and flying back at a cost of in the region of $2000.””

    When we have Skype video and all the best technology in the world this seems like a Holiday or dropping in on friends or rellies .

    Why Not Name the Staff member –

    If TRUE they cant SUE ….

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  • 2. notthefootyshow  |  September 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Struth, I am not sure what the meeting was about and agree with technology today other options may have been more prudent. If however you are sending someone to the country surely you look to make the trip as beneficial as you can, especially as the games governing body is often criticised for ignoring remote areas? Baffling decision.
    I have chosen not to name the staff member as sadly some people may blame them for making the decision to make the trip, and I do not feel that is fair.

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  • 3. Nick  |  September 6, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Thanks for your honesty I have really enjoyed reading your blog but you only have the news from Perth why not ask Bunbury what they think?
    Support for Bunbury is growing and you hit the nail on the head when you said “One thing that Football West may not have banked on is the fighting spirit of country people.” They have the whole community behind them! Check it out

    Reply

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