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Medal rule change

Saturday, 14th December, 2013

Fair game? Changes have been made to the criteria for the Lionel Johnston Medal. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Fair game? Changes have been made to the criteria for the Lionel Johnston Medal. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

If you want to win the Lionel Johnston Medal you can no longer afford to cop a suspension.

That is the official line from AFL Broken Hill for next season after a change in bylaws from AFL New South Wales.

The governing body recently ruled that all top individual honours across the state cannot be presented to a player who incurs a suspension at any point during the season.

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Kick along for women’s footy

Monday, 28th November, 2011

RUNNING SNAP: Central’s Katie Patison kicks for goal at the Jubilee Oval yesterday. RUNNING SNAP: Central’s Katie Patison kicks for goal at the Jubilee Oval yesterday.

 By Kurtis Eichler

The city is one step closer to having its very own women’s Aussie Rules competition after a successful trial game was played at the Jubilee Oval yesterday.

West defeated Central 21 points to 11 in what was billed as a preview match of a possible women’s competition in 2012.

More than 200 spectators cheered the players on and Peter Nash, the mentor to the female footballers, Nash revealed there “will be something” for the women AFL fans next year.

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Ruddock leaves on winning note

Wednesday, 16th November, 2011

FITTING FINALE: Former North coach David Ruddock hangs the club’s 35th premiership plaque on the clubroom wall with North President Gloria Hack, co-captain Codie Howard and Jarrad Ruddock. FITTING FINALE: Former North coach David Ruddock hangs the club’s 35th premiership plaque on the clubroom wall with North President Gloria Hack, co-captain Codie Howard and Jarrad Ruddock.

By Darrin Manuel

David Ruddock may not have been completely ready to give up North’s top coaching role, but he has certainly gone out on a high.

Work commitments have forced the Bulldogs’ stalwart to step down from coaching the club’s League side after what can only be described as a stellar year.

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Female footy fix

Tuesday, 15th November, 2011

GAME ON: Keen to start a women’s AFL competition in BH are (from left) Katie Patison, Lyndsay Kubiak, Heidi Drenkhahn and Alana Flugel. GAME ON: Keen to start a women’s AFL competition in BH are (from left) Katie Patison, Lyndsay Kubiak, Heidi Drenkhahn and Alana Flugel.

Momentum continues to build for the creation of a women’s AFL competition in Broken Hill which could prove to be a vital component for the future of the sport.

According to the SA National Football League’s Inclusive Programs Manager Peter Cates, the development of a female competition would have wide-ranging benefits for the code in BH.

“Women’s AFL is the fastest growing sport in Australia and we are seeing unprecedented interest,” Mr Cates said.

“In the past female participation in footy hasn’t been encouraged but those barriers have slowly been broken down and now we are seeing enormous growth.

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