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Majority of clubs happy with AFL GM affiliation

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March 17, 2017

A ‘‘strong majority’’ of clubs pushed for Picola District Football Netball League to affiliate with AFL Goulburn Murray.

The league’s board met on Thursday night to make the final call on the signing with the AFL’s regional hub ahead of Friday’s deadline.

League president Denis Brooks said a high number of clubs pushed for it to happen knowing the affiliation agreement was only for 12 months.

‘‘Our clubs have given us a clear direction on where we need to go as a league and they want us to jump on board because it is one year and we can see how it pans out,’’ Brooks said.

Brooks said the league and AFL Goulburn Murray would be working with clubs to help them better understand the player points system, which comes into effect this season as a result of affiliating.

All 17 PDFNL clubs have a cap of 48 points, but there can be applications made to AFL Victoria for extra points.

Clubs had recruited for this season thinking there would be no points system in place and that would be taken into account if AFL Victoria received any applications for more.

‘‘Clearly there are some clubs that will have some high-end points and they will have every opportunity to be given more than the 48 if they choose to go to AFL Victoria,’’ Brooks said.

‘‘The next step now is for clubs to put their players into the system and see what sort of points their senior teams are on.’’

Meanwhile, the PDFNL announced a partnership with Bendigo Bank yesterday for the next two seasons.

The league will have a season launch for the north-west division at Moama Bowling Club tomorrow night.

A standalone game between last year’s grand finalists Picola United and Strathmerton will see the season start on April 1.

~ Shepparton News

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