DECIDED: Horsham RSL Diggers, Natimuk to merge

HORSHAM RSL Diggers and Natimuk football and netball club members voted in favour of amalgamation.

MEGA GALLERY: Horsham RSL Diggers throughout the years

The clubs will form the Natimuk United Football Netball Club and will play in the Horsham District Football League competition.

More than 80 percent of the Natimuk club members voted in favour of the merger.

More than 96 per cent of Horsham RSL Diggers members voted for the merger.

About 60 members attended a meeting at the Natimuk pavilion, while 40 Diggers members attended a meeting at the Horsham City Oval clubrooms.

Natimuk chairman Andrew Carine said he was pleased with the result.

"We've still got a lot of work to do to get ready for the start of the season," he said. 

Diggers president Peter Miller said there were no surprises in the vote. 

He was positive about the new entity's future. 

"I can only see it as being a great opportunity for us now, to form a great club together with Natimuk and have some genuine success," he said.

"I can only see it being a great opportunity for us now to have some genuine success." - Peter Miller

There will be a joint board meeting on Sunday. 

Natimuk United Football Netball Club will be based at Natimuk but will play some games at Horsham City Oval.

All assets and liabilities from both clubs will be transferred to the new entity. 

The club will keep Natimuk's nicknames, the Rams and the Ewes, and will retain the Diggers' long established history of playing an Anzac Day match.

Natimuk United is scheduled to play Harrow-Balmoral at Harrow on April 25.

New Wimmera and Horsham District football league draws have been released.

Both draws were revised after the Diggers informed the Wimmera Football League they would not participate in the 2014 season, regardless of the outcome of the merger.

The clubs' boards voted in favour of an in-principal merger arrangement late last month.

Financial members of both clubs received letters outlining the merger along with postal voting forms.

Officials from both clubs have been working hard behind the scenes to bring the merger to fruition.

The result was do-or-die for Horsham RSL Diggers, who were facing going into recess due to a lack of players.

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