Goldfields Football League chairman Graeme Borchet said a meeting between the commission and Kambalda president Steve Cole eight days ago was the pivotal moment that ultimately saved the club from being dumped from the competition.
After struggling to recruit and register players, the Eagles were given the green light for the 2022 season on Sunday night after convincing the GFL it had the resources to field league, reserves and colts teams.
Kambalda, who were plagued by player shortages in all three senior grades last season, were given a deadline of 5pm last Friday to register players and support staff.
The season starts on April 23.
“They (Kambalda) sent through a list of over 100 players — 41 league, 41 reserves and 19 colts,” Borchet said.
“Whether they’re bona fide, I don’t know.
“But they had a crisis meeting last Thursday and the club rallied behind them.
“At the end of the day, we can only go by what they’re telling us.”
Borchet said it was a relief the issues plaguing Kambalda, who have played in the GFL since 1969, were being properly addressed.
“I’d had some sleepless nights and Nardia (GFL operations manager Nardia Turner) was the same (because) she’s been juggling five clubs and trying to get players registered,” he said.
“There’s been a couple of tough weeks (and) I was concerned myself — it (excluding Kambalda from the competition) wasn’t something I wanted to do because we all want a five-team competition.
“From our (the GFL’s) point of view, the kick in the pants for them was last Monday night which sparked them into life.
“I think he (Cole) had a realisation, ‘this is serious and we need to get our arses into gear’.
“To their credit, they did.
“At this stage, they have enough players to start a season.”
Borchet said it was up to Kambalda to deliver on their assurances.
“The overwhelming view is that if they fall on their own sword, we (the GFL) have done everything we can,” he said.
“If they fall over, it’s on them and not the GFL, apart from the task of realigning the season.”