Roos re­build boosted

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) CLASSIES - BY JAR­RYD BARCA

For the fourth sea­son of the PPS, clubs that have en­dured lack of suc­cess over an ex­tended pe­riod were pro­vided ad­di­tional points.

Corowa Ruther­glen is one of five Ovens and Mur­ray clubs that will re­ceive ad­di­tional points, with the Roos gain­ing nine points and tak­ing their to­tal to the max­i­mum al­lowance of 47.

It means the club has ex­tra scope to lure top-end tal­ent to John Fo­ord Oval.

The pol­icy aims to es­tab­lish equal­i­sa­tion across the 17 pre­mier com­mu­nity foot­ball com­pe­ti­tions, in­clud­ing the Ovens and Mur­ray League.

Corowa Ruther­glen has ex­pe­ri­enced a rather dour decade in the Ovens and Mur­ray League, qual­i­fy­ing for fi­nals just twice in that pe­riod (5th in 2009 and 4th in 2014) and win­ning only 24 matches in the other eight sea­sons – in­clud­ing two con­sec­u­tive win­less years in 2016 and 2017.

The club be­gan its 2018 cam­paign with a drought-break­ing vic­tory against the Wan­garatta Rovers in Round 1, also man­ag­ing to win back-to-back games when it top­pled Myrtle­ford in the sec­ond round.

But the Roos were vic­tors just one last time this year and fin­ished the sea­son in 9th po­si­tion with a 3-15 record.

Corowa Ruther­glen pres­i­dent Gra­ham Hosier told The Free Press the points give the club “room to move”.

“I reckon it’s fan­tas­tic we got the points, it gives us a bit more scope in re­cruit­ing and a chance to get a mar­quee player,” Mr Hosier said.

“AFL and VFL play­ers would cost five points, but it gives us a greater scope to get district play­ers across too who would be three (points).”

Cody Parker and An­gus Ling­ham are two re­cent ex­am­ples of play­ers who have drifted across from Ruther­glen and Wah­gun­yah re­spec­tively to join Corowa Ruther­glen, both cost­ing three points.

Ex­cit­ing new re­cruit Ro­han Davies, who joins the Roos from North­ern Foot­ball Net­ball League side Mernda, is an­other three­p­oint sign­ing.

Across the four se­nior leagues in the north­east re­gion, a to­tal of 14 clubs sub­mit­ted ap­pli­ca­tions for ad­di­tional points for sea­son 2019 de­spite league av­er­ages be­ing be­tween 5-10 points be­low the des­ig­nated caps.

AFL North East Bor­der con­sid­ered each sub­mis­sion against the es­tab­lished cri­te­ria con­tained in the PPS pol­icy to de­ter­mine each club’s cir­cum­stances with re­cent lack of suc­cess weighted heav­ily.

Af­ter three years of ex­pe­ri­ence analysing the PPS’ in­flu­ence and con­nect­ing each club’s win-loss ra­tio over three, five and 10 years, a ma­trix and cal­i­bra­tion sys­tem has been adopted in the process of al­lo­cat­ing ad­di­tional points to pro­vide greater con­sis­tency and con­sid­er­a­tion to clubs who meet the weighted cri­te­ria.

“In 2018, whilst not a con­se­quence of the PPS, of the four se­nior leagues, three had a club who did not win a game and on anal­y­sis of win-loss ra­tios and par­tic­i­pa­tion in fi­nals over 3-10 years, we ac­knowl­edge the PPS can be an ob­sta­cle to clubs and leagues be­com­ing more com­pet­i­tive,” AFLNEB Re­gion General Man­ager John O’Dono­hue said.

“Our in­ten­tion is to pro­vide clubs a ca­pac­ity to be com­pet­i­tive whilst sus­tain­abil­ity re­mains a high pri­or­ity.

“The chal­lenge has been, how­ever, for those clubs to ac­tu­ally max­imise the ad­di­tional points al­lo­cated.”

The al­lo­ca­tion of ad­di­tional points is not au­to­matic and where al­lo­cated is for 12 months only.

North Al­bury, Wodonga, Myrtle­ford and Wan­garatta Rovers were the other clubs to re­ceive ad­di­tional PPS points.

To learn more about the AFL Vic­to­ria Player Points Sys­tem Pol­icy, visit this link: https://www.aflvic.com.au/wp-con­tent/up­loads/2016/04/Player-Points-Sys­tem-Pol­icy2017-sea­son-Fi­nal.pdf.

AFL North East Bor­der has granted Corowa Ruther­glen nine ex­tra points un­der the Player Points Sys­tem (PPS) for sea­son 2019, pro­vid­ing the club’s re­build with a ma­jor boost.

Corowa Ruther­glen’s Cody Parker is a re­cent player to cost three points af­ter trans­fer­ring from Ruther­glen Cats.

Ro­han Davies (pic­tured) is a new Corowa Ruther­glen re­cruit for 2019 and will serve as a play­ing as­sis­tant. Davies joins from Mernda in the North­ern Foot­ball Net­ball League, where he is a dual best and fairest win­ner. He’ll cost Corowa three points un­der the PPS sys­tem.

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