Bothwell begins new era in grand style
FOR the first time in Tasmania player, coach and supporter behaviour will have positive and negative effect on junior football team’s ladder positions.
After a spate of unsavoury incidents, including one at New Norfolk last month, AFL Tasmania and the Southern Tasmanian Junior Football League (STJFL) are looking to THE Bothwell Football Club recently held its first major event in the new clubrooms, a reunion for the 1997 Seniors and 2002 Reserves premiership teams..
Decked out in the club colours of red and black, the walls were hung with premiership flags, photos and memorabilia of recent and bygone areas.
With a very good crowd in attendance, former premiership coaches Mark “Reaper” Nichols (1997) and Brett Nichols (2002) gave speeches on their respective premiership seasons, reliving the glory when that final siren sounded on grand final day.
The 1997 Seniors flag was the second for the club since entering the ODFA competition in 1987. The 2002 Reserves flag was the club’s first in the ODFA after six unsuccessful attempts.
Another highlight of the night was the naming of the new bar.
Brendon Horne, MC for the night, announced that the bar would be named in honour of Bothwell Football Club “Icon”, the late Hilton Bryant.
Hilton, or “Hilty” as he was always known, was a lifelong supporter, former club president and trainer of the football club, who was made a life member in 1997.
Hilton’s sons Shane and Tony were given the honour of unveiling the framed photo of their father that now hangs on the wall looking over the bar.
Club president Terry Hoskinson spoke of the club’s past and present and thanked all for attending. Current player and club historian Jason Branch gave a speech on the work he is doing in having honour boards made up, which will have all club records on show.
A delicious supper was provided. Former player, secretary and historian Max Stuart was there, as was former player and premiership coach Peter Rolls Senior, who coached Bothwell to the 1968 premiership, with the side undefeated all season. implement the Environment Points (E Points) system for under-13s to under-18s used successfully in Western Australia. A drop in incidents of between 40 and 60 per cent has been reported after introducing E Points.
AFL Tasmania chief executive Rob Auld said it was time to curb unruly behaviour on junior footy fields.
“Self-regulation isn’t working in the way we would want
Earlier in the day in very windy conditions and at times physical, Bothwell and Mt Pleasant put on a good display of football. Very little separated the two teams at half time, but from here the Rabbits controlled the game, running out winners over the Mounties by 38 points.
Best on ground for Bothwell was Dylan Pearce, one of the mascots for the 2002 premiership team, when his father Chris was best on ground in that grand final win.
Bothwell is second on the ladder, and with several players to come back into the team the prospects of back-to-back flags looks very promising.
With a very hard working committee in place, the Bothwell Football Club looks to have a very good future. it to work,” Mr Auld said. “You’ve got to look at options where you might intervene and what I like about this if from the evidence out of WA suggests the incidences have reduced significantly and it is a reward based system.”
Under the system, teams will still be awarded four points for a win.
But poor behaviour such as players receiving red or yellow cards, coaches or volunteers or supporters abusing the opposition or umpires could result in up to all four points being deducted. Alternatively, good behaviour can result in up to four points being rewarded to a team.
Mr Auld said it would be implemented next year in the STJFL.
Last month the STJFL was forced to investigate a clash between an adult and a player in a New Norfolk versus Lin- disfarne game at New Norfolk, an investigation that was never concluded after the adult failed to appear before the tribunal.
The STJFL is yet to officially approve the E Point system but president Jim Horne backed the move.
“We want everyone involved with the STJFL to enjoy their football experience and we are looking at systems that incentivise being good football citizens,” Mr Horne said.