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Castle's proposal crumbles

A Woolgoolga replacement waits patiently to take the field in first grade.file
A Woolgoolga replacement waits patiently to take the field in first grade.file

INITIAL support for a 12-man limited interchange in VB Group 2 matches appears to be cooling.

About half the clubs indicated last year they were willing to make the switch following lobbying by ARL Development officer Mike Castle and a number of coaches controlling top five clubs.

Castle believes it will allow younger and fitter players more opportunities to play senior football and make the domestic competition much more attractive to supporters.

But the Group’s management committee has recommended the current unlimited system be maintained and will seek to have that ratified when the final pre-season general meeting is held on February 21.

However, the Orara Valley Axemen, where Castle is a senior player, continue to back the idea and will present a case in favour at the meeting.

Meanwhile, the Group will discuss new service of alcohol policies with delegates as part of the ongoing policy to totally eliminate the last remnants of rowdy behaviour among patrons.

All clubs must have their licence holders present at the meeting.