Federal Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP, convened an urgent meeting today with Frankston City Council Mayor Cr James Dooley, Acting CEO Mr Tim Frederico, Cr Darrell Taylor, and ten other representatives of the Frankston Dolphins Football Club to discuss a plan to try and save the Club’s VFL licence.
Chris Crewther MP said he didn’t want to see a decision on the licence made before the creditors meeting on Monday and appealed to AFL Victoria for the Dolphins licence to be retained .
“I will be taking this right to the top and have just spoken with AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan. I will be meeting with AFL General Counsel, Andrew Dillon, and AFL General Manager and Deputy General Counsel, Simon Lethlean, at AFL House tomorrow morning to discuss this further” said Mr Crewther.
“A decision on the licence before the creditors meeting pre-empts the decision and encourages a decision in favour of liquidation”.
Saving the Dolphins is important not only for the Club, but for aspiring footballers across Frankston and the Peninsula who aim to get to VFL or AFL level. Senior Coach Patrick Hill said “The Dolphins is the home of 60 young elite sportsman and sportswomen who deserve the opportunity to have a club on the Peninsula where they can find their pathway to their dreams”.
Mayor James Dooley highlighted the importance of the Club “Culturally AFL is very important on the Peninsula and the pinnacle of that importance is the Frankston Dolphins. If the Club were to go there would be a huge hole in the community”.
Also showing their support was Michelle Graham of Graham Quarries – major sponsor of the Club for over 30 years and Ken Rowe former Principal of Frankston High School and former Captain, Coach and Best and Fairest winner at the Club.
“It’s critically important that the AFL keep an elite presence on the Peninsula for all these young people” said Mr Rowe.