Confusion follows AFL Western District ruling

warrndistrictAFL Western District has moved to clarify queries in relation to its recent player points investigation involving Warrnambool and District club Nirranda.

The commission released a statement last week confirming players from the premier’s side had been incorrectly valued, but the adjustments hadn’t “ ­resulted in a breach of the allocated 45 total team points for the senior team”.

However, results published this week showed there were at least two Nirranda games where its total player points value was 46 points — one more than Nirranda’s limit.

“The outcome of the player points decision was released on Friday, as we wanted to ­release the decision as quickly as we were able,” new AFL Western District region general manager Kate Williamson said. “The system will be updated in due course.”

This is the second season the AFL Victoria player points policy has been in effect. Under the policy players have a value based on their playing history, and there is a maximum number of points each club can use in their senior team.

AFL Western District’s statement said players had been over and under-valued.

Nirranda president Jake Harkness said the errors were a “genuine oversight”. “You need to be more vigilant on players that are coming to the club or are recruited,” he said.

The results showed Timboon Demons was one of the teams that had played Nirranda when it was fielding a team worth too many points.

Timboon president Andrew Berry said the club will check the teamsheets.

“We’re trying to make sure the end result is going to be true and correct,” Berry said.

“The commission have made a decision, and we try to do the right thing and back the commission’s decision but ... it’s very hard to back its decision when the system is not up to date and correct.”

Since Monday the player points on the system have been changed.

All Nirranda’s online results are now showing teams with total player points values of 45 points or less for its games to date.

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