Wimmera and Horsham District football leagues could meet in 2014

WIMMERA Football League and Horsham District Football League could meet in a Victorian Country Football League Country Championships match in 2014.

Wimmera's loss to Mallee Football League at Hopetoun on Saturday sees it slide to a ranking of 17.

Horsham District moves up to a ranking of 22 after its come-from-behind victory against Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League on Saturday.

Wimmera will play Heathcote District Football League in the VCFL Country Championships next season.

Another loss to the Wimmera side could see it face a potential showdown with Horsham District the following year, if Horsham District can beat Geelong District Football League next season.

Wimmera Football League chief commissioner John Smith said a clash with Horsham District could be interesting.

"If we found ourselves in that situation it would be something we'd have to deal with," he said.

"It could be described a showdown of the Wimmera if it happened and could put to bed an air of supremacy we hold over Horsham District.

"We can't hold the mantle of being a major league side, that doesn't apply anymore.

"It is about the ratings, and if we found ourselves in a position we were would play Horsham District it would only be a demonstration of the quality of players we have available to represent our league at interleague level."

Horsham District Football League interleague co-ordinator Fred Mellington said the league wasn't even thinking about that scenario.

"That is only a what if or maybe," he said. "We'll just worry about things from our end."

Scott Batchelor, a former best and fairest winner in both leagues, believes a match between the neighbouring leagues would draw a big crowd.

"It would be massive," he said.

"There is always a lot of banter between the two leagues."

Western Vic Football general manager Steve McQueen believes interest would be high if it eventuated.

"It would be good but it's probably not going to happen, hopefully both leagues will win next year," he said.

VCFL North West area manager Bruce Petering agreed it would be a great for Wimmera football fans.

"If it does happen, it would be great for the region. I'm sure there would be a lot of community support," he said.

"It shows the VCFL ranking system is working well as it allows district league sides to fight their way up and compete against what have historically been the major leagues."