GOULBURN Valley Football League’s player points threshold has been reduced by two points from 42 to 40.
But some clubs have applied for increased player points above the base number allocated by AFL Goulburn Murray in conjunction with the clubs.
This was the case in the GVL this season with Euroa (46) and Shepparton Swans (48) being awarded extended player points caps.
Circumstances of clubs can vary from season to season and points are allocated on a yearly basis.
Kyabram was one GVL club that never threatened to expend its allowable 42 points and in most games its points hovered in the late 20s or early 30s.
The salary cap in the GVL next season has also had a slight reduction from $185,000 this season to $180,000 in 2018.
Williams turns down Bears
KYABRAM premiership coach Dave Williams has rejected an offer to coach Shepparton Football Club next season.
Runner-up to Kyabram this season, the Bears are still searching for a suitable replacement for Brad Campbell. Williams said he had talks with Shepparton officials about taking on the job and was impressed with their professionalism.
But Williams said the fire was not in his belly at this stage to make a comeback to coaching.
‘‘The passion isn’t quite there at the moment and I’ve got some projects on at home I want to finish,’’ said Williams who is given the credit for the Bombers’ revival into the most feared force in the GVL after a seven-year coaching stint up to 2014 which included a drought breaking premiership win in 2013.
Sutton plays catch-up
LEGENDARY goalkicker Trevor Sutton recently caught up with some former teammates in Deniliquin.
In 1982, Sutton kicked 249 goals for the Deni Rams in the Murray Football League — a record that still stands today at senior level in Australian Rules Football.
His efforts that season won him the league’s O’Dwyer Medal but not his club’s best and fairest award as it was a club rule at the time that the coach of the team — which Sutton was — was ineligible to take his club award.
Sutton was also the first player to kick 100 goals in the Darwin League two years before he joined Deniliquin.
Sutton kicked over 3700 goals in his nomadic career which took him all over Australia.
Seymour keeps two stars
WHILE some players are moving on from the club, star players Ben Clifton and Harry Wheeler have committed to going around with Seymour Football Club again in 2018.
Wheeler won the club’s best and fairest award this season and Clifton, a former 100-game player with VFL club Coburg, polled well in the GVL’s Morrison Medal this season.
But there has been another departure from the club to be coached by former Victorian cricketer Nick Jewell.
Onballer Alex Hay had joined ruck star Brayden Granville to try their luck at another club.
Hay is returning to play with his former club Deniliquin Rovers in the Picola North West Football League while Granville, one of the best ruckmen in the GVL, is to join Tatura for the 2018 season.
Swans take flight
PLAYERS are continuing to desert the Shepparton Swans Football Club.
Another of their best players, Quade Johnstone, is heading to South Bendigo in the Bendigo Football League while Justin and Nathan Terlich are seeking a release back to Rumbalara.
Johnstone was a member of the drought-breaking Swans’ 2014 premiership side and has also played with the GVL’s representative side. Former Swans teammates of Johnstone in Brady Childs and Kaiden Antonowicz are coach and assistant coach at South Bendigo next season.
The Terlichs face a fight to get a clearance as they still have a season to serve on their two-year contract with the Swans.