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  • Ellis Gelios

A new dawn for former Mallee football and netball clubs


Following the highly controversial demise of the Mallee Football League, it appears some of the ex-members of the league have wasted no time in establishing new identities and exploring which leagues to call home in 2023.


The merger between the Meningie Bears and Border Downs Tintinara has spawned the new club participating in the River Murray football and netball leagues in 2023 - to be known as the Coorong Cats.


Iconic Border Downs personality and veteran Michael Kempe has been announced as the club’s inaugural President and will be supported by 10 other board members.


The board will facilitate the establishment of sub-committees which currently require volunteers and will include football and netball operations and group fundraisers.


Elections were voted on at the club’s maiden AGM meeting which was held on the 26th of October in Coonalpyn.


In other news from around the former Mallee League traps, Lameroo and Pinnaroo have amalgamated and will be officially known as the Southern Mallee Suns.


Curious football followers in the Mallee were speculating as to what name the new club would adopt, with a ‘Southern Mallee’ club already existing in the Wimmera Football League, known as the Southern Mallee Giants.


As with the Giants of the Wimmera, the Suns will play in similar orange and charcoal.


A ‘steering committee’ known as the Southern Mallee Futures Committee was established several weeks ago and continues to workshop the agenda that will ultimately underpin the foundations of the club.


There is also no further news as to what form the newly established identity between a Karoonda and Peake merger will exist as.


A survey permitting members of the Karoonda and Peake clubs to forward ideas and suggestions for what should form the future club’s identity closed on the 23rd of October and received an overwhelming response.






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