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Carlton says members back move

By Robert Grant 03/09/2004 07:15:20 PM Comments (0)

Carlton is confident it has the numbers and the legal opinion to back the AFL club's move from Optus Oval.

The club announced that members had voted overwhelmingly in favour of playing its home games from next year at the MCG and Telstra Dome.

The Blues said almost 81 per cent of members had voted in favour of the move.

Carlton vice-president Graham Smorgon, who heads Carlton's ground switch sub-committee, said an extraordinary general meeting (EGM), which dissident supporters had hoped for, would not be held.

The group against the move could now go to the Supreme Court next week to seek an injunction.

But Carlton said its legal advice was that a petition of 100 signatures calling for an EGM was not valid.

Smorgon said that document could not be considered because not all the signatories were registered Carlton members and the petition did not comply with the club rules or the company's act.

A board meeting signed off the deal to play six home games at Telstra Dome next year and four at the MCG, as well as one farewell home game next season at Optus Oval.

From 2006 to 2014 Carlton will play six home games at Telstra Dome and five at the MCG.

Smorgon said Carlton had received 8,901 responses from the 19,000 information booklets posted to club members outlining the board's recommendation to move from Optus Oval.

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