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Women the losers as Gungahlin United takes team budget to repay Capital Football debt

Lachlan Roberts 27 April 2019 45

Gungahlin United’s NPLW side has not been paid to play at the club for the past two seasons. Photo: Supplied.

Gungahlin United has decided to use its National Premier League Women’s team budget to help repay its monumental debt to Capital Football, instead of losing six competition points.

Region Media revealed earlier this month that ACT Policing is investigating an allegation of fraud involving Gungahlin United, due to the club owing a significant amount of money to Capital Football.

Capital Football planned to penalise the club by deducting six competition points from the NPL1 side and NPLW side, but after meetings with Capital Football an alternative resolution was agreed upon.

Gungahlin United agreed to take six competition points off its NPL1 side, but in exchange for the NPLW team’s six competition points, the club would allocate its budget to repaying the debt to Capital Football.

It is believed that the Gungahlin United board allocated $10,000 to its NPLW side before the start of the 2019 season, which is substantially less than the budget allocated to the men’s program.

Gungahlin United president Neil Harlock said there were “budget reductions” across the men’s and women’s programs but would not confirm how much money was taken from the men’s budget.

“This season we allocated a potential budget towards first grade NPLW and NPL1 player payments,” he told Region Media. “It is up to each head coach to run their program as they see fit.

“Our women’s budget was there so the head coach could use it however he saw fit. We sat down initially and discussed how we would potentially try and use it but it was never said that we would pay players per game.

“The decision was made between the head coach Diego Iglesias and myself. [We contemplated] what we could maybe offer back to Capital Football so the girls wouldn’t be penalised points this season. We decided the six points were more important than the budget.”

The club has not paid its NPLW side for the past two seasons and has admitted the men’s budget is more substantial than the women’s budget.

Mr Harlock said the club believed if the NPLW side was docked six points it would have “a serious effect on playing numbers and the playing group”. Mr Harlock confirmed the players themselves were not consulted and the decision was made between himself, the head of football, head coach Diego Iglesias and Gungahlin’s NPLW coordinator.

“The mentality of female players as to why they are playing at the club is probably different than the motivation that probably a lot of men have across Canberra football,” he said.

“At the end of the day, the girls have never been paid any money for the last two to three seasons at Gungahlin. I think the majority of players would rather start the season at zero points than need the money.”

Women’s rights advocate Leisha Lister, who has been vocal about gender discrimination in local football before, said she was shocked and angered by the news.

“If I were those women, I would be tempted to stop playing,” she said. “I would walk away and go to another club where I was respected for playing in the women’s team.

“Why would I stick around when the club does not value me as a footballer when I could go to a club that would?”


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5:46 pm 29 Apr 19

Talk about kicking a dog whilst it’s down! Why attack GUFC when a majority of the clubs in Canberra don’t pay their WNPL players? As for the clubs that do, I could guarantee the pay is considerably less than their men’s NPL. In fact, why not compare the Matilda’s salary to that of the Socceroos? But Lachlan Roberts wouldn't want go there, it would defeat the purpose of his sensationalist article. I guess we’ll just have to keep slinging mud at GUFC, it seems to suit the mood of Canberra football at the moment.

9:03 pm 28 Apr 19

Lachlan Roberts don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Wing Nut 7:33 pm 28 Apr 19

“I think…”. Well there’s your problem Mr Garlock. You could have thought about talking to the players rather than you second guessing what you thought was right.

6:54 pm 28 Apr 19

It is just 6 points if Gunners are so good and a club that cares about its players what are you worried about? Do the crime do the time. Lose the points people and even better be fair to everyone and do it in all grades not only seniors.

herrspanky 5:54 pm 28 Apr 19

I think the author of the article is missing the broader point which is only mentioned in passing….the investigation of fraud in the club. The fraud, likely committed by former members of the executive, is the reason for this decision – unfortunate that it is. The club, in debt, because of alleged prior mismanagement, is doing all it can to bring itself back into the black. Perhaps the commentariat could take the time to also review Capital Football policies on such situations and inequitable pay.

4:48 pm 28 Apr 19

Lannah Clare Beebee J. Russell..hmmm..

9:41 am 28 Apr 19

How is it possible? when football struggles to compete with other sporting codes it has to also fight against with the demons of poor internal administration.

12:55 am 28 Apr 19

How much did they strip from the men’s budget??

10:58 pm 27 Apr 19

I would like to know what the men’s budget was. Given that it’s more substantial why didn’t you use their funding? If I was a woman playing for this club, I would be walking my arse right out of there!

pineapple 10:30 pm 27 Apr 19

This story just reinforces all that is wrong with our game in the ACT Clubs right now – commit the fraud, pay with points for the boys, pay with real money for the “girls” who apparently don’t deserve money anyway and don’t consult them (coz what would they know anyway, they have different “motivations”). This club board deserves to go, perhaps walking the streets of Gungahlin weaing dinosaur emblems…

9:11 pm 27 Apr 19

Yes I agree "what the hell is going on ? That club should care little more for there player's wearing there colours!!

7:41 pm 27 Apr 19

Absolutely outrageous ...

5:49 pm 27 Apr 19

Good old Gunners, the state league teams always footed the bill for the top teams.

Badly ran and getting their dues now.

    6:56 am 28 Apr 19

    Aidan it's the same for any club with PL

    10:22 pm 28 Apr 19

    Aidan Mccabe incorrect. At Gunners..State league teams contribute zero $ to PL costs.

    4:14 pm 29 Apr 19

    Aidan Mccabe ok but just do the maths mate. A simple exemplar might be something like this

    Fee: $415

    Costs/player apportionment into consolidate revenue might be

    CF $215

    Ground & lights $100+

    Equip etc $10

    Refs/fines $30

    Presso $15

    Trophy $10

    Even some % swings in these numbers Leaves negligible/small club profit margin off 150 senior players compared to 1500 juniors.

4:52 pm 27 Apr 19

“The mentality of female players as to why they are playing at the club is probably different than the motivation that probably a lot of men have across Canberra football,” he said.

Oh really??? And how do you know that? Talk about bias and prejudice. Where's the evidence to back it up? I take it he's independently surveyed all his players and all men and women across Canberra football to be able to make these sweeping statements???

4:51 pm 27 Apr 19

The comments from the club suits about the motivation of women and “well they haven’t been paid for two years so why would they care now” ... he needs to stop talking, and the women would do well to find a club that treats you better than this. ⚽️

    4:58 pm 27 Apr 19

    Let's not pay him for 2 years and see what he thinks!

    5:03 pm 27 Apr 19

    Leah Dwyer Natasha Shahidullah I was going to put my 2 cents in... but I’d only be repeating your sentiments!

    10:18 pm 28 Apr 19

    Melissa Read Neil puts 60hrs a week into volunteering for the club (whilst running a business full time day job). You can’t simplify his Operational decisions based on the (mis)facts of this story.

3:59 pm 27 Apr 19

Disgraceful. Walk away women. You deserve better.

3:41 pm 27 Apr 19

As the article states, a quote from the club president

“The mentality of female players as to why they are playing at the club is probably different than the motivation that probably a lot of men have across Canberra football,” he said.

“At the end of the day, the girls have never been paid any money for the last two to three seasons at Gungahlin. I think the majority of players would rather start the season at zero points than need the money.”

And yet, they players were not consulted.....and because they haven’t been paid the last few seasons, it’s ok to take their whole budget!?!?! And don’t you dare questions someone’s motivation. They are not motivated to work as hard and not get paid ffs.

3:35 pm 27 Apr 19

I am not surprised or shocked at all that this stunt was pulled. This club does not care for the women’s or girls game and this is not the only incident to demonstrate this. This is however a massive thing to have happened, it makes everything just that bit worse. There are however good people at GUFC, who care and do the right thing.

3:25 pm 27 Apr 19

“If I were those women, I would be tempted to stop playing,” she said. “I would walk away and go to another club where I was respected for playing in the women’s team.

“Why would I stick around when the club does not value me as a footballer when I could go to a club that would?”

100% agree with these statements.

It's great that male coaches are making decisions about female players not being paid- let's not pay the male players and see how that goes down. As a sports woman this is horrible and I hope people start leaving this club

2:58 pm 27 Apr 19

I would hope that the women’s PL players were at least consulted on the options and had the opportunity to provide input. It’s a terrible situation all ‘round. I hope all clubs feel they get value for money from Capital Football though.

    3:08 pm 27 Apr 19

    Samantha Robertson I’m hoping all the women withdraw their teams and go to other clubs and that all the women who volunteer their time to this club also withdraw their support.

    3:12 pm 27 Apr 19

    Nicailla Churchill Did you read the whole article?

    3:14 pm 27 Apr 19

    Samantha Robertson sure did...it’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out.

    3:17 pm 27 Apr 19

    Nicailla Churchill Yup. Budget v Points. Blokes copped the points, women copped the budget. Hence I hope they were given the option. The whole club suffers here. Not convinced that CF couldn’t do more, hence my V4$ comment.

    3:19 pm 27 Apr 19

    Samantha Robertson the women also had less budget (although who knows the difference) so taking a budget hit for them is a big deal.

    3:58 pm 27 Apr 19

    Samantha Robertson it states the players were not consulted

    4:22 pm 27 Apr 19

    David - well then. I agree with Nicailla

    7:15 am 28 Apr 19

    The article says the women were not consulted

    10:06 pm 28 Apr 19

    Samantha Robertson hi Sam. story (quotes) are simplified and without context. The decision may have been influenced by factors such as timings of player contracts. Certainly the men’s budget/player contracts would have been agreed months before CF boards points decision. 2017 women contracted players were infact paid. 2018 women’s player budget it was agreed by them to forgo to offset against reduced rego fees in lower WPL grades.

    10:10 pm 28 Apr 19

    Bradley Doohan Thanks for the clarification Doobs

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