THE consortium behind the North Central Strikers unsuccessful VNL bid is today considering its next step.
The bid was one of several overlooked by Netball Victoria, when it announced the 10 clubs who had received licences to play in the league from 2019-23.
These included nine existing clubs, plus one newcomer in Casey Demons.
Ballarat Sovereigns was the only club to lose its licence.
In an official statement released late Thursday, the consortium reiterated its disappointment with the decision.
“We are bitterly disappointed on behalf of all regional athletes, coaches, umpires and administrators – particularly across the north of the state – that our submission has been overlooked,” the statement said.
“Our working party is now awaiting detailed feedback from Netball Victoria before we can make an informed decision on how best to proceed.
It remains our belief that athletes from regional communities deserve the opportunity to access elite netball pathways without having to commit to Melbourne-based clubs.
“We wish to thank everyone who has contacted us since the decision was announced on Thursday, expressing unwavering community and commercial support.
“We are unable to make any further comment at this time.”