Revisiting the issue of the 2007-2008 Australian Championship, I've noticed that discussion in various places is starting to turn towards alternative proposals. One such suggestion is to modify an existing event and turn that into an Australian Championship. At least 1 Victorian Club weekender has been suggested in this regard.
However, if the ACF does go down this path, then surely an event such as the Doeberl Cup should come into consideration. For a couple of reasons.
Firstly the tournament already attracts an Australian Championship calibre field (and this year easily exceeded it). Secondly, the event is located in a reasonably central location, both geographically and demographically. And thirdly, it offers a prize pool that would adequately compensate the championship participants.
There are a couple of other reasons that would support this proposal. Former ACF President Denis Jessop had already suggested the Doeberl Cup as a replacement for the Australian Open, so I assume that this revamped idea would also have his support if it were to go to the ACF Council. Secondly, the current ACF President Gary Wastell was talking to the Doeberl Cup Sponsors O2C about them sponsoring the 2007-2008 Australian Championship. I'm not privy to how those talks went, but if the sponsor won't come to the ACF, the ACF can come to the sponsor!
Of course such a proposal would involve some negotiation between the ACF and the Doeberl Cup organisers, especially in the area of incredibly silly ACF tournament by-laws, but I guess the ACF would have to be prepared to be 'flexible' in this area.
But of course at this stage it is just a trial ballon I've launched, as I neither speak for the Doeberl Cup, or understand what goes on inside the minds of the ACF Council!