HORSHAM Saints coach Brendan Broadbent believes the Wimmera Football League is better off without Horsham Demons.
Broadbent, who saw the Demons belt his Saints by 120 points on Saturday, said a move to the Ballarat Football League would preserve the health of the Wimmera league.
The Demons have won nine straight Wimmera league flags and are undefeated on their march to a 10th.
Broadbent said Horsham was a class above the competition.
“Horsham is a fantastic club, but as more and more juniors want to go and play for them and win a flag, other clubs are getting weaker. It isn’t good for the league” he said.
“Moving to Ballarat is just an idea, but something needs to be done.”
Wimmera Football League chief commissioner John Smith said the commission was exploring ideas, such as entering a Wimmera team in the Ballarat league.
He said many people shared Broadbent’s views.
“I admire Brendan’s courage for saying what he thinks and the commission is open to ideas,” he said.
Mr Smith said it was not the commission’s role to curb Horsham’s dominance.
“Horsham’s successful junior program is part of what makes them almost invincible in seniors,” he said.
“One of the things the league is looking at is finding ways to attract junior footballers to different clubs and for them to stay at those clubs.
“Evening up the junior competition is one way we can even up senior football.”
Mr Smith said forming a representative Wimmera League side to play in another league was a solution the commission would consider.
“This is one idea that could result from people wanting Horsham to move to Ballarat,” he said.
“But it’s Horsham’s decision to move to another league.”
Horsham coach Stuart Farr said the prospect of the club playing in the Ballarat league was comical.
“It would be logistically impossible for our juniors to play in Ballarat,” he said.
“I don’t take the proposal seriously at all.
“It’s up to other teams to meet our standards.”
Other Wimmera league coaches have dismissed Broadbent’s suggestion.
Warracknabeal coach Steve Schultz and Dimboola coach Gary Davidson said it was up to other teams to match Horsham.
“The competition goes in ebbs and flows and Horsham are just having a good run at the moment,” Schultz said.
Nhill coach Simon Brearley said while Horsham’s success was monotonous for spectators, it was up to other teams to knock them off.
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