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Cats want new life

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September 01, 2017

ARDMONA is determined to field a senior team next season after dropping out of the top grade this year.

ARDMONA is determined to field a senior team next season after dropping out of the top grade this year.

Cats president Brett Sharp said the club would definitely continue beyond this season, despite ongoing speculation about its future.

Members of the Kyabram District Football Netball League executive will attend a meeting at Ardmona tonight, which is designed to plot a way forward for the Cats.

‘‘Our intention is to keep going, so we’re going to put everything in place to have a senior side for next year,’’ Sharp said.

‘‘The meeting is about how we’re going to plan for next year and a few of the league delegates will be there.

‘‘The whole club will be involved in the process, footballers and netballers, and the meeting has been on the cards for a while now.’’

After massive defeats in the opening two rounds of this season, Ardmona withdrew a senior team from the competition and has been playing in the reserves.

Sharp said club favourite Brent Ralph would continue coaching the team next year after being appointed late in the pre-season when Sidney Aspland was sacked.

‘‘We’ve been getting out there trying to recruit, but most players around the district say don’t come see us until the end of the season, which is fair enough,’’ Sharp said.

‘‘But we’ve spoken to a dozen or so players about playing next year.’’

The Cats are sitting on the bottom of the reserves winless with a percentage of 7.92.

League president Wayne Ryan said the meeting was about getting Ardmona back to a competitive level — not around its future in the league.

Ryan said it was imperative the Cats had a team back in the senior grade.

‘‘Of course we do (want them to have a senior side), we’d like them to have all three sides,’’ Ryan said.

By Oliver Caffrey

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