GSFL debates player points system

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
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Great Southern Football League directors are set to meet next week to vote on whether to introduce a player points system under WA Country Football League guidelines for the 2018 season.

A player points system is used in five other country leagues and the GSFL could join them after the topic was raised and discussed at length by key stakeholders at Monday night’s annual general meeting.

South West Football League, Peel Football League, Goldfields Football League, Upper Great Southern Football League and Central Coastal Midlands Football League all use the player points system to varying degrees.

The WACFL has a template in place and a basic system to structure how each player is rated under the system and what points allocation they receive.

Under the proposed system, if introduced, each of the six league teams would have to field 22 players each week and fit under their total points allocation.

At the meeting, GSFL president Joe Burton raised the issue, which created at times heated discussion among the six clubs in attendance.

The Albany Advertiser understands the GSFL wants to implement the system and give Albany the biggest points allocation, followed by out-of-town teams Mt Barker and Denmark-Walpole, with the three Albany-based clubs Royals, North Albany and Railways, receiving far lower totals.

Firstly, GSFL directors are expected to have more discussion on a possible structure of the points allocation and local by-laws and then it will be voted on either implement the system or not for the coming season.

At the AGM, four director vacancies were declared, with Brett Turpin, Greg Lloyd, Kathleen Mier, Tony Lazar and Terry Eaton all nominated and the six club representatives then voted in order of preference. Mier, Lazar and Eaton were re-elected as directors, while Turpin is new to the GSFL board, replacing Murray Anning, who did not stand again.

Mt Barker was the only club not to nominate a team in each grade, confirming it is unlikely have a colts side.

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