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Eagles, Dockers WAFL plan knocked back

12/06/2011 04:03:00 PM Comments (0)

The bid for West Coast and Fremantle to field stand-alone WAFL teams in 2012 have been dashed after the West Australian Football Commission failed to support the proposal.

As it stands, West Coast and Fremantle players are spread across the nine WAFL clubs when they are not on senior duty.

But the West Australian AFL clubs are eager to field their own reserves team in the WAFL, much like defending premiers Collingwood are able to do in the VFL.

However, their proposal to the nine WAFL clubs, which included substantial financial benefits, failed to receive the desired support from either the WAFC or the WAFL Council of Presidents.

"We can understand why this is very important to the Eagles and Dockers and recognise that their success has a direct impact on the overall success of football in WA," WAFL Council of Presidents chairman Haydn Raitt said.

"However, we do not support the proposal that has been presented.

"We feel the current system works extremely well and is producing some excellent results for WA Football.

"There is no doubt we are all committed to making football in WA as strong as possible and we will continue discussions with the AFL clubs to achieve this outcome."

The WAFC will continue to lead discussions between the AFL and WAFL clubs.

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