Players’ points reshuffled by GSFL
The Great Southern Football League’s player points system has come under fire this week following a directors’ meeting last week in which individual player values were amended — all one week into the 2019 season.
A player points system was introduced in 2018 by the league, under guidelines from the WA Country Football League, with GSFL president Joe Burton on record saying the move was to “even the competition”.
The GSFL made changes to the system in the off-season as Royals’ and Railways’ total team points were dropped from 28 points in 2018 to 27 this season, in line with reigning premiers North Albany.
The allocation of 50 points for Albany, Denmark-Walpole and Mt Barker was also reduced this season to 40.
A league directors’ meeting was called last Wednesday after several complaints were made in regards to individual players.
New Lions recruit Jordan Heil, who has come from Narrogin in the Upper Great Southern, has played A-grade amateurs in the last five years.
Heil was initially rated a two-point player in round 1 but following last week’s meeting was re-rated as a three-pointer.
Daniel Parker, Anthony Coyne and Daniel Stephen were the other players re-rated at the meeting.
Parker has returned to North Albany following a stint at Mt Barker and in round 1 was deemed a one-point player, having returned to his club of origin.
Coyne was also a one-point player on Anzac Day but now both current Kangas players are re-rated as three-point players.
The same has happened to Stephen, who has switched back to Railways after spending a couple of seasons playing for Mt Barker.
A new clause in the player points by-laws was aimed at allowing players to go to either the Sharks, Magpies or Bulls on a temporary basis and come back to their original club on the same rating.
However, that clause has now been revoked, leaving Parker, Coyne and Stephen and any other players who fall under that description as three-point players.
The Tigers, Kangas and Lions all played at their capacity of 27 points in round 2.
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