Drouin football club has decided it wants out of Gippsland League.
An extraordinary general meeting of the club last Wednesday officially started the ball rolling in its attempt to leave Gippsland and join the West Gippsland Football Netball Competition.
A large majority of about 65 current and life members voted in favour of applying to enter the WG competition that was formed with 10 clubs this year.
Drouin has been a member of Gippsland League since 2005.
That came about by the merging of the western and eastern divisions of the then West Gippsland Latrobe league after some of the smaller western division clubs sought more competitive environments in minor leagues.
A sub-committee of the club formed earlier this year with a view to build a case to leave Gippsland League recommended at last week’s meeting that formal application be made to AFL Gippsland for a move.
AFL Gippsland is the governing body for both leagues, neither of which have their own boards of management but have advisory boards that liaise with AFL Gippsland.
The case presented to Drouin members by the sub-committee was largely based on what it claimed was the club’s inability to be competitive in all four football grades in Gippsland League and recruit and retain senior and junior players.