Pointing to a level field
THE WA Amateur Football League will follow Victorian and South Australian community leagues’ footsteps to introduce a player points system in 2019 in a bid to reduce the incentive to pay players.
In May, the WAAFL Board released recommendations for a system that limits player inducements to change clubs and reduce the payment of players, for clubs to provide feedback.
Recommendations include that the system applies to men’s league grades from A down to C4. The points will be determined on the first WAAFL club the player played for prior to playing at another senior club and whether the player is yet to play a WAAFL match.
Another recommendation was that a team which exceeded the total team points cap or makes a false or incorrect declaration regarding a player’s point allocation would lose the match and be penalised for playing an ineligible player. A PPS primarily restricts clubs from playing a higher number of elite players.
This is achieved by each player being assigned points based on their previous playing history within a total team points’ cap.
General manager David Armstrong said the league started looking at a PPS in 2015 in response to club feedback about players allegedly being paid, which was against the rules.
However, he was unsure about the range of payments.
“The player points concept is now being explored by the WA Football Commission at a whole of football level – including the WA Country Football League and the WAAFL,” he said.
“There are many rumours of players being paid in the WAAFL. However, in the last five years only three clubs have been found through our integrity investigations to have breached our amateur status.”
The system was not linked to any salary cap, as the league remained as an amateur competition, which effectively had no salary cap.
He said benefits of a PPS were increased transparency in recruitment, clubs were encouraged to develop and retain local players and AFL and WAFL players were encouraged to return to their original amateur club.
The league is also proposing to change its name to the Perth Footy League.
“The WAAFL has transformed from a six team senior men’s competition in 1922 to now be 175 senior men’s, 51 colts, 16 senior women’s and nine all abilities teams,” Mr Armstrong said. PENRHOS College students Olivia Kennedy, Mia Fleckhammer and Georgia Grose will not only represent their school but also WA at the Australian Interschool Equestrian National Championships.
Kennedy (13), who has been riding for eight years, has been selected for the secondary 90cm and 100cm jumping events.
Fleckhammer (13) and Grose (16) will participate in a variety of dressage events.
“Horse riding is not a popular sport so it has been really great to be supported by and be able to represent Penrhos and do what we love,” Fleckhammer said.
Grose, who is in Year 11, said it would be her first national event and the last she would be able to take part in due to exams.
“I got into horse riding because of my cousin and aunty who was a coach for the Para-Olympics,” she said.
The championships will be held at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre in Victoria from October 1 to 5.