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Bill Mundy resigns as North Ballarat CEO

From the Ballarat Courier
Reported by Brendan Wrigley

North Ballarat Football Club chief executive Bill Mundy has walked from Eureka Stadium less than four months after taking the role at the embattled organisation.

Mr Mundy offered his resignation to the board on Tuesday, just one week out from the beginning of the Victorian Football League season.

Roosters chairman John Nevett said while he had made contact with Mr Mundy, who is currently on leave, he had not discussed the reasons behind his resignation.

He said he would meet with Mr Mundy on Monday and declined to make further any comment on the matter.

From the Frankston Leader
Reported by Paul Amy
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Gary Buckenara at Frankston Football Club today.

Gary Buckenara at Frankston Football Club today.

FRANKSTON has until June 30 to convince AFL Victoria it should be readmitted to the VFL in 2018.

And the Dolphins have set themselves to sign 1000 members — a league best — in the next three months to prove their community support.

The club says its ability to boost membership is a key point that AFL Victoria will consider as it weighs up Frankston’s bid to regain its VFL licence.

The Dolphins went into administration before the last match of the 2016 season with debts of more than $1.5 million.

It has been reduced to $410,000, to be paid off in the next four years.


From the Sunday Herald-Sun
Reported by Lauren Wood
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A SECRET trial of the AFL’s concept game, AFLX, conducted in Albert Park can be revealed.

Players from VFL teams Port Melbourne and Coburg faced off behind closed doors at Lakeside Stadium on Friday night.

It was the league’s third official trial of the shortened version of the game, inspired by Twenty20 cricket.

Matches are played on a soccer pitch, with smaller teams and reduced playing time.

The high-scoring affair, watched by the Sunday Herald Sun, appeared to be overseen by at least one AFL official, with members of the official supporter feedback group, AFL Fan Focus, invited to attend and share their immediate impressions.

Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park. Picture Supplied

In the trial, Port Melbourne and Coburg played four 10-minute quarters, two of them with eight players a side and two with seven.

Previous trials — including one involving North Melbourne at Arden St — have featured only seven players a side.

Five-time premiership player and former Geelong and Adelaide coach Gary Ayres — current senior coach of Port Melbourne — was recently approached by the AFL to see whether his team would be interested in taking part in the trial.

And, while he recommended a few tweaks, he was largely glowing in praise of what he saw.

“It is very, very fast. It’s very much about high-scoring, fast play,” he told the Sunday Herald Sun yesterday. “If you get burnt on a turnover or a poor kick or poor decision, generally you get scored against and scored against very quickly. It’s a bit like (the ball is) up one end one second and then up the other end in another.

“If you can retain possession, you can certainly score and score quite heavily.”

From the Leader Newspapers and localfooty.com.au
Reported by Paul Amy
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A leading VFL player is facing suspension after testing positive to a substance on ASADA’s banned list.
It’s believed the player took an energy drink last year that contained the plant extract higenamine.

He was given a random drug test after a senior match late last season and has returned positive A and B samples.

The player had been training with his club until recently.

Leader understands he has received notification from the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel of a possible anti-doping violation.

He is awaiting an infraction notice from AFL/AFL Victoria that will outline any sanctions.

The VFL conducts drug education sessions at all of its clubs every year but has had players suspended under ASADA rules.

In 2012 Frankston’s Matt Clark was banned from playing for two years after consuming a drink known as “Hemo Rage’’. It contained the prohibited substance dimethylpentylamine.

In the same year Casey Scorpions player Wade Lees was deregistered for 18 months after purchasing a fat-burning product online. It was intercepted by Australian Customs, which informed ASADA.

The product was found to contain traces of a prohibited steroid.


Shane Valenti at full stretch for Port Melbourne.Shane Valenti at full stretch for Port Melbourne.

From localfooty.com.au and the Port Phillip Leader
Reported by Paul Amy
GARY Ayres often refers to Shane Valenti as “the little champ’’.

“I love him,’’ the Port Melbourne mentor has said more than once in the past few months, reflecting an affection that coaches reserve for players who won them premierships.

But Ayres has applied some “tough love’’ to Valenti as the two-time JJ Liston Trophy winner embarks on a comeback to the VFL at the age of 30.

Valenti left Port at the end of the end of the 2014 season after a 149-game career that earned him a string of accolades.

He joined Noble Park in 2015, only to suffer a serious injury to his left knee.

After a reconstruction, Valenti resumed playing last season at Old Haileybury in the VAFA. But as early as last September’s Liston count he was making noises about rejoining the Borough.

He signed a few days ago after a pre-season in which he admits he had some “touchy’’ talks with his 2011 premiership coach.

Valenti said Ayres presented him with “what if’’ scenarios that he sometimes didn’t want to hear.

What if you’ve lost a bit of your nip?

What if the knee doesn’t hold up?