WFL - In a major blow for the Wimmera Football League, the league looks set to drop to an eight team competition this season.
This is the result of a decision by the Horsham United and the Natimuk Football and Netball Club boards to amalgamate for season 2014.
In deciding to amalgamate it was stipulated the club, to be known as Natimuk United Football Netball Club, would compete in the Horsham District Football League in 2014 and beyond.
The amalgamation decision by the boards of the two clubs is expected to be ratified at meetings of members of both clubs on February 19.
Peter Miller, president of Horsham United and Andrew Carine, president of Natimuk have urged all members to vote in favour of the amalgamation.
AFL Victoria development officer, Bruce Petering said the decision by the two boards was a significant step in the process of bringing the two clubs together.
He said while the Natimuk United Football Netball Club would be based at Natimuk it would play some games at the Horsham City Oval.
Mr Petering said if the merger was adopted by members of the club, it would mean the Wimmera Football League's 2014 draw would need to be revamped with Horsham United (Diggers) dropping out of the competition.
An eight team Wimmera League competition will eliminate the present bye round, while it will also mean the league will need to decide whether to retain a top five or reduce it to a top four.
Late last year Horsham United were in talks with another Horsham District League club, Pimpinio discussing a possible merger, but members of both clubs voted against the merger.