Natimuk members meet before merger vote

NATIMUK Football and Netball Club chairman Andrew Carine believes the club's proposed merger with Horsham RSL Diggers is tracking well ahead of next week's vote.

While both of the clubs' boards voted in favour of an in-principle agreement, the decision must be ratified by members.

About 75 Natimuk members attended an information session at the club's pavilion on Wednesday last week to discuss the proposed amalgamation with the Wimmera Football League outfit.

Mr Carine said members appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the merger.

"We have more information now than we had when we first sent letters out to members," he said.

Mr Carine said the meeting had a positive vibe.

"Things are progressing well," he said.

"Some of the club stalwarts have tried to explain that it's hard to run a football club it's hard to find the extra five players you need each year, or to find people to fill roles around the club, such as fundraising, or general operations."

Mr Carine said the club was still working through the transfer of assets and liabilities.

Natimuk and Horsham RSL Diggers footballers have had joint training sessions at Natimuk in the past few weeks.

Mr Carine said he hoped the merger would be successful.

"The club has put in an extraordinary amount of work on this, as has United," he said.

"A merger is attractive if it means we get more players, officials and assistance."

Mr Carine encouraged footballers from both clubs to attend training sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays, and netballers to attend training sessions on Tuesdays.

Members will vote on the merger on Wednesday.

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