Stint over for Railton

December 01, 2016

Change: Shane Railton (right, pictured alongside Brad Williams) announced last night he would be standing down as president of the Picola District Football League following four years in the role.

The chapter of Shane Railton as Picola District Football League president came to a close last night.

After four seasons in charge of the 17-team two-division league, Railton stood down from the top position at the annual meeting, as well as vacating his seat on the board.

The former Tongala and Mathoura footballer served as the PDFL’s junior development officer before beating long-serving Bruce Tuhan in a ballot for the presidency at the end of 2012.

Waaia legend Denis Brooks, who has been the league’s vice-president for the past three years, stepped up to take the top job from Railton.

‘‘Brooksy is a life member of the league and played more than 300 games for Waaia,’’ Railton said.

‘‘He’s been pretty instrumental for me and the league during my time and we have daily discussions.’’

Railton said it had been a rewarding stint as president and he believed he was leaving the league in a good position.

‘‘Membership has grown every year and the financial improvement in the league has been good in being able to give money back to our clubs,’’ Railton said.

‘‘We’ve had record crowds for grand finals, but it’s been great to have the improvement in facilities at a number of our clubs.’’

Railton was unsure what the future held and if he would remain involved in football.

The outgoing president said the league announced another significant profit at the meeting after delivering more than $8000 back to clubs last year.

Railton’s tenure has not been without controversy; most famously the league’s dispute with Goulburn Valley Football Umpires Association.

The GVFUA cut ties with the PDFL in November last year, notifying league clubs by email that it would be ending its association.

AFL Goulburn Murray attempted to act as a mediator between the parties, but after months of debate the PDFL decided to go it alone and form its own umpires’ association.

The Murray Riverina Umpires Association was created and it went on to successfully serve the PDFL last season.

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