AFL South East has informed the Cranbourne Football Netball Club that it will be unable to lodge an appeal against the outcome of the MPNFL Special General Meeting held on Wednesday 29 August.
At the meeting, MPNFL clubs rejected Cranbourne’s application to become a member club of the MPNFL.
The 22 MPNFL clubs were voting on a motion to accept Cranbourne’s application to join the MPNFL in 2019.
Cranbourne’s application to join the MPNFL required a majority vote of 17-5 to be successful, but the required 75 percent was not achieved.
Under AFL Victoria Rules, Cranbourne had seven days to lodge an appeal with the AFL South East Region Commission, with any appeal to be heard by an independent Appeals Panel.
But, after receiving legal advice, Cranbourne was advised that the AFL Victoria Rules do not override the MPNFL Constitution in regard to the admission of new members to the League.
AFL South East Region General Manager John Anderson said he was devastated for Cranbourne, a community football netball club that had worked through a long process with its members to keep the club strong and vibrant moving forward.
Anderson said helping Cranbourne to find a suitable league to play in for 2019 has been, and will continue to be, a top priority for AFL South East.
“AFL South East will be working closely with the Cranbourne Football Netball Club to help determine the future direction of the club,“ Anderson said.
“Cranbourne is a strong, proud and passionate club and will be a wonderful asset for the league where it participates in for 2019 and beyond.”