The SFL is pleased to announce two football clubs have formally sought to join the Southern Football League for season 2015.
Keysborough Football / Netball Club
As previously indicated, Keysborough Football / Netball Club recently sought a transfer from the Casey Cardinia Football Netball League to the SFL. The club's membership voted unanimously in support of the application.
The SFL Board received a comprehensive transfer application from the KFNC which included information pertaining to the club's committee, facilities, strategic direction, financials, policies, registrations and playing uniform. Members of the SFL Board as well as the CEO also attended KFNC matches throughout the season to independently observe the club on and off the field.
The SFL Board accepted the transfer application and applied to AFL Victoria for final approval for the transfer to occur, and the League is pleased to advise that AFL Victoria has approved the transfer application for Keysborough Football / Netball Club to move from the CCFNL to the SFL, joining Division 2 in 2015.
Southern Dragons Football Club
The SFL is pleased to advise that the Southern Dragons Football Club has sought a transfer from the Victorian Amateur Football Association back to the Southern Football League.
The SFL had previously lobbied at the end of 2012 to retain the Southern Dragons in the SFL before the club's departure to the VAFA, however it was made clear that the club would be welcomed back should the executive consider that to be the best decision for their club.
The SFL Board recently received a comprehensive transfer application from the SDFC which included similar information to the Keysborough application. The SFL Board accepted the transfer application and have applied to AFL Victoria for final approval for the transfer to occur. Pending the successful outcome of the club transfer process, the club would join the SFL in Division 3 in 2015.
The SFL Football Operations Portfolio (Sub-Committee) will be meeting in early November to discuss the competition structure for Division 2 and 3 for 2015, with the Board's final determination regarding the result of the Division 3 Senior Grand Final
and consequently promotion from Division 3 also to come into consideration.
SFL CEO David Cannizzo said he was delighted to welcome the two clubs to the SFL.
"As two district football clubs in Southern Football League heartland, we're excited to welcome both clubs in 2015," Cannizzo said.
"The Southern Dragons have experienced the highs and lows of any new club looking to find its feet, but it's a club that forged its reputation as Australia's pre-eminent multicultural football club in the SFL, and is a club that belongs in the SFL, and we look forward to working with the club again."
"Similarly, Keysborough has always been seen as a great natural fit with the SFL, and we look forward to working closely with this club too as it embarks on its new path in the SFL."