Kelmscott Football Club ‘shocked and dismayed’ at suspension from WAAFL


The Kelmscott Senior Football Club says it is ‘shocked and dismayed’ by the suspension.
The Kelmscott Senior Football Club says it is ‘shocked and dismayed’ by the suspension.

THE Kelmscott Senior Football Club has responded to last weekend’s suspension from the opening round of the 2016 season by the WA Amateur Football League, saying it was “shocked and dismayed” by the decision.

The announcement by the WAAFL, in a memo sent to club presidents on Friday afternoon, suspended the club until it provided a written player management plan to be approved by the league.

“As Kelmscott has failed to comply with all conditions required for its team nominations to be accepted for the 2016 season, the WAAFL can no longer consider Kelmscott teams within the fixtures until such time as written player management plan is submitted and approved by the WAAFL,” the memo said.

It said the league considered the number of red and yellow cards given to players of Kelmscott in the 2015 season “unacceptable”, with two incidents subject to criminal proceedings.

In September last year, the WAAFL board requested a meeting with the club to improve behaviour for 2016 but the club declined to attend the meeting.

“In November, Kelmscott was requested to submit a written plan of action describing the steps which have been taken and which will be taken by its administrators, coaches, players and members to achieve the objective of fewer red and yellow cards in 2016.”

The WAAFL met with the club’s A-grade coach on March 8 this year and said it had provided every opportunity for the club to submit a plan, which resulted in the late advice.

It said the player management plan required of Kelmscott “was not onerous and was vital in order for the league to be satisfied with the duty of care”.

However, a statement released by the club on Friday said the memo was misleading and failed to “tell the full picture of dealings” between the club and the league.

It said the club would release the full set of correspondence from September last year that it had with the league to ensure an “appropriate level of balance”.

The club will be meeting with coaches, players and members over the next few days to decide on an appropriate response.

It anticipated that “all reasonable responses” to the league’s “unilateral decision” would be considered and was disappointed that Saturday’s game against Hammersley had been forfeited.

Until the club submits a player management plan, opposing teams when fixtured to play Kelmscott will be awarded the win, four premiership points and be credited with 90 points scored.