With the induction of the West Gippsland Football Netball Competition last year, many have been of the opinion it would result in the demise of the Alberton Football Netball League. Some of the strongest clubs from Alberton and the Ellinbank District FL were pulled from their respective leagues to form the WGFNC, making what many believed to be a weakened Alberton competition. With the addition of the DWWWW Allies in recess for 2018, only 6 teams competed in the Alberton FNL this season – something that has been insinuated will not help the future of the league.
It is believed that the Alberton League need at least eight clubs competing for it to be viable. Should the Allies rejoin the competition in 2019, that would mean one more club would be required to make sure the competition continues next season.
Tooradin-Dalmore joining the WGFNC next year seems to be a fait accompli, which would mean that league has 11 teams. Will one of the foundation WGFNC clubs move to the Alberton league in 2019? Only time will tell.
It is believed AFL Gippsland will unveil the findings of their latest review on August 31st.
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