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North Ballarat drop development side.

ABC local radio Ballarat this morning announced that North Ballarat will not be fielding a DL side next year. Fitzy said it was unsustainable, and that players not required for the Roosters could play in their local teams. No mention in Ballarat Courier.
No mention of this was made during the "Inside Mail" program on 3RBA 102.3, by announcer Paul Taylor, Fitzy or the Ballarat FL bloke, Liam Brady. I expected comments as to how the Roosters having no DL team will affect Ballarat and other leagues.

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TOUGH North Ballarat onballer Steve Clifton has captured the Victorian Football League’s highest individual honour in a three-way tie.

Clifton, Geelong’s Jordan Schroder and Box Hill’s Mitch Hallahan were declared joint JJ Liston Trophy winners on 17 votes apiece in Etihad Stadium’s Victory Room last night.

Northern Blues Kane Lambert fell one vote shy of completing a historic four-way tie.

This is the second time Clifton has pulled on the prestigious medal, becoming the first Rooster in the club’s history to achieve the feat.

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FOR A FEW moments on Sunday night, Oli Tate studied the ladder and contemplated scenarios.

It is complicated, it is incredibly tight and there are few guarantees leading into the final round of the Victorian Football League.

He put the ladder away and will not look at it again this week.

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SUDDENLY, North Ballarat Roosters stagnated.

Players emphatically agreed when their coach called for intensity in the three-quarter-time huddle, but their nine-point lead at the final break quickly morphed into a 19-point loss at Eureka Stadium yesterday.

The Selkirk Roosters did not score in the final quarter against Victorian Football League top-four contender Williamstown.

They looked flat, defeated, before the Seagulls even really took full control.

Intensity was lost.

Roosters coach Gerard FitzGerald said his team showed it was close in measuring up against a top-four team – only 19 points short – but the Roosters were not quite there yet.

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THE atmosphere at Frankston Oval is generally a little festive – the conga drum, trumpet and friendly-looking Dolphin mascot enhance the seaside location that even on a cold day, as is expected tomorrow, it feels a little like a holiday party.

But it will be far from festive on the field.

Frankston and North Ballarat Roosters will enter a massive battle that could make or break their Victorian Football League campaigns.

Both sit outside the top eight on percentage to Northern Blues – the Selkirk Roosters are slightly ahead in ninth spot – among a backlog of teams fighting to claim ninth spot

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