Frankston players learnt the bad news on Twitter. Photo: Graham Denholm/AFL MediaFrankston Football Club is all but dead, with the club’s administrators saying that AFL Victoria had terminated the club’s VFL licence on Monday.
And rather than being informed of the news via head office, Frankston coach Patrick Hill told Fairfax Media that the club’s players and officials had learnt of their fate via a reporter on Twitter.
“I would have liked to have told the players in person,” Hill said on Monday night.
Hill described the news as “tragic”, saying that past players would not be able to have their sons follow in their footsteps.
He also lamented the lost “opportunity for kids in the area”.
He said the club had provided a terrific outlet for the youth of the Mornington Peninsula – a place in which they could avoid drugs and alcohol.
“It was everything you wanted for young kids,” he said.
The Dolphins had been in dire straits after entering administration last month due to major financial problems.
Having entered the competition in 1966, Frankston had struggled on-field for much of the past decade, claiming the wooden spoon in 2015 and 2016.
Frankston’s sole VFA/VFL premiership came in Division 2 in 1978.
AFL Victoria was contacted for comment.
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