Both­well be­gins new era in grand style

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - WADE GLEE­SON

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.

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