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Lines new league chief

Thursday, 24th February, 2011

UPBEAT: Richard Lines UPBEAT: Richard Lines

The BH Football League has a new chairman after former secretary Richard Lines was elected to the position on Tuesday night.

Mr Lines, who replaces David Sedunary who stood down at the end of the 2010 season after 10 years as chairman, said he has never lost the passion for the game at a local level.

"I have not seen many games in the last few years but I have kept a close eye on how things have been going and after an approach from the executive I felt I would like to get back involved in the League," he said.

Mr Lines was assistant secretary of the League in 2003 before becoming secretary in 2004 and holding that position until the end of the 2007 season.

On returning to the fold he said a number of things had changed, and his first priority would be to get his head around them.

"There were mooted changes when I finished in 2007 but these have since come into local football, things like open clearances between clubs, the prescribed penalty system and a defined code of conduct," Mr Lines said.

"I feel these are all positive advancements for our game and I will spend the next week or so brushing up on how they affect the sport and how they are implemented."

Mr Lines said it is pleasing to take on the chairman's role with the League in a healthy position.

"Over the past few years a lot of work has been done at Jubilee Oval and the improvement to the basic player and spectator facilities with the grandstand upgrade and the installation of the new scoreboard have been welcomed by everyone.

"We have already started on the next phase of our works project at Jubilee Oval which has seen both scoreboards painted and a new PA system installed, Country Energy have checked the lights and finances permitting we will look at adding some additional lights this year."

Mr Lines said the League is in a sound financial position which will allow it to build a platform for the 2011 season.

"Like any business you need to have a positive cash flow and you need to have people who can manage this for you, the League has been fortunate with Lynda Derham and Libby Ormsby who have both done a great job."

On the playing field the incoming boss of local football is keen to see an even competition.

"With the four clubs we need to have games that will draw people out of their lounge rooms and actually attend the footy, for this to happen we need all clubs to play an exciting brand of football which will hopefully result in close games," he said.

"It has been well documented that West have struggled in recent seasons but their administration seems strong and well organised which is vital," he added.

"If they can turn their fortunes around on the ground it will be great for the local game."

With the AFL keen to restructure the way the sport is administered in Broken Hill the new chairman said he sees 2011 as a year of change.

In a couple of weeks the AFL will be in the city to hold an information session for the board members from the four clubs together with the Junior Football

Association where they will outline their proposal to install an AFL Commission in Broken Hill," Mr Lines said.

He said if implemented the commission would come into being at the end of this season, which would change the way football has been run in this region.

"I am still working my way through the concept but once we hear first hand from the AFL then I am sure we will all have a clearer picture."

Mr Line said the football year will commence on Saturday April 2 with the Lightning Cup, with the first minor round to be on Saturday, April 9.

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