Roos rebuild boosted
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.