- Lalor Football Club has been given the green light to compete in Division 3 this year.
Lalor was required to have a minimum of 45 registered players by midday on Friday March 9 to compete in 2018.
The NFNL has confirmed that Lalor has met the minimum player requirement and will compete in Division 3.
This follows the NFNL Board’s decision earlier this week to endorse Lalor’s request to be relegated to Division 3 and Epping’s subsequent application to be promoted to Division 2.
Nine teams will compete in Division 3 in 2018, with Lalor to move into Epping’s place on the Division 3 fixture.
- After his original transfer request was denied, DYLAN CHAPMAN has lodged a second clearance to join Thomastown from Officer. The powerful 24-year-old ruckman has played 70 senior games since 2013 and last year came in at No. 23 in the Pakenham Gazette's best players in the SENFL.
SCOTT SWINDELLS looks set to join Matt Swindells at Kilmore, after lodging a transfer to the Division 3 club from Lancefield. The 24-year-old has played 57 senior games for the Riddell District Football League club since 2013. He was named in Lancefield's best players in six of his 13 senior matches last season.
Lalor makes transfer applications for Watsonia's JOHN PERICHON and ST MARY'S youngster ROBERT TODD. Perichon has played 115 senior games for Saints and was a member of the club's 2016 Division 3 premiership team. Todd played four senior games for the Burra in 2016, before kicking 21 goals in 16 appearances for the club's under-19 team last season.
- A host of NFNL players have been added to VFL lists for the 2018 season.
They includue Heidelberg recruits JACOB PAGE (Coburg), CHRISTIAN BUYKX-SMITH (Williamstown), FLETCHER CARROLL (Williamstown) and BRYDAN HODGSON (Werribee).
Meanwhile Coburg has again listed 2017 best and fairest and VFL Team of the Year representative LIAM HUNT, as well as adding Diamond Creek youngster MARCUS LENTINI.
Lentini played 27 TAC Cup games for the Northern Knights over the past two seasons and also represented Vic Metro at the 2017 AFL Under-18 National Championships.
- Meanwhile, Heidelberg submits transfer applications for JESSE CUCINOTTA and EAMONN McCUSKEY.
Cucinotta's original clearance request was denied by Shepparton Swans. The 18-year-old has played 11 senior games in the Goulburn Valley Football League over the past two years. He was also member of the GVFL's Under-18 representative team in 2017.
After making his senior debut as a 16-year-old, McCuskey has played 44 games for Lake Wendouree over the past four years.
He was also a member of the Greater Western Victoria Rebels (then the North Ballarat Rebels) TAC Cup squad in 2014.
- The Board of the Northern Football Netball League has determined the structure of the Division 2 and Division 3 men’s football competitions for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
On Tuesday night the NFNL Board accepted Lalor’s request to compete in Division 3 this season.
In order to compete in 2018, Lalor requires a minimum of 45 registered players by midday on Friday March 9. If Lalor is unable to reach the minimum player requirement, the club will not compete in the NFNL’s senior and reserves competitions this year.
To ensure Division 2 remained an eight-team competition in 2018, all Division 3 clubs were offered the opportunity to take Lalor’s place in Division 2. Epping was the only club to submit an expression of interest to be promoted and the NFNL Board endorsed this request.
Epping will move into Lalor’s place on the Division 2 fixture and, conversely, Lalor – should it meet its minimum player registration requirement – will take Epping’s place on the Division 3 fixture.
If Lalor is unable to field a side in 2018, Epping will remain in Division 2 and Division 3 will continue as an eight-team competition in 2018.
The Board has determined that the club that finishes bottom on the Division 2 ladder in 2018 will be exempt from relegation, while the Division 3 premier will be promoted.
This decision will ensure that Division 2 will become a nine-team competition in 2019, while eight teams will compete in Division 3.
- Macleod submits its transfer for former Southport, Surfers Paradise and Montrose star midfielder FRASER POPE.
Pope is a premiership winner with Southport and in 2012 won the Grogan Medal as the best and fairest player in the QAFL.
He was formerly captain of Surfers Paradise and spent the 2017 season with Montrose, where he was a B&F winner during his first stint with the EFL club before moving to Queensland.
The 29-year-old has family ties to Macleod. His father played for the club and his grandparents are life members.
- Thomastown has entered transfer for Glenroy forward RODNEY CARRUTHERS, although the request has been denied by the EDFL club.
The 30-year-old has booted a total of 122 goals in 84 appearances for Glenroy since 2011.
He kicked 21 goals in 12 matches for the Roys last year, but missed the club's Division 1 grand final win over Airport West.
It could be a case of one in and one out for the Bears, with KOE NGAWATI looking to join Avondale Heights.
The 25-year-old played only two matches in his sole season at Main Street Reserve last year after joining from Sandhurst, where he was a premiership player in 2016.
Ngawati has also been added to North Melbourne's VFL list for its inaugural season in 2018,
- Elsewhere in A Plus Labour Soloutions Division 2, Watsonia has filed a transfer for young Sunshine ruckman JEREMY BOLDEN.
The 21-year-old made seven appearances for the Kanagroos in 2017 during their WRFL Division 1 grand final campaign.
He previously played 29 matches for South Warrnambool during the 2016 and 2015 Hampden Football Netball League seasons.
Bolden represented Vic Metro at the 2014 Australia Under-18 Junior Basketball Championships.
- Richmond's VFL outfit enters permits to retain Eltham defender DANIEL COFFIELD and Montmorency recruit DANKO BZENIC for the 2018 VFL season.
A key member of during Eltham's run to the Division 1 preliminary final in 2015, Coffield has spent the past two seasons with the Tigers, featuring in 32 VFL matches.
The mid-sized defender is the older brother of St Kilda draftee, Nick.
Bzenic booted five goals in two appearances for Richmond last year. He spent the rest of the season with West Coburg in the EDFL's Premier Division, where he kicked 24 goals across 15 games.
The 22-year-old signed with Montmorency in November.
- Northcote Park lodged transfers for four players, including Williamstown midfielder/forward LACHLAN SCHULTZ, Coburg's JAMES SVARC and Northern Knights star ETHAN PENRITH.
Schultz booted 31 goals in the VFL in 2017 to finish ninth on the competition's goal kicking table.
The 20-year-old hails from Moama and has previously represented Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup.
- Svarc is a talented 23-year-old forward who kicked 78 goals in 55 matches for Corowa-Rutherglen between 2013 to 2016.
He kicked 17 goals for Coburg's Development league team in 2017 and also made two VFL appearances.
Svarc also represented the Ovens & Murray Football League interleague team in 2016 and booted three goals in the win over the Hampden League.