BRENDAN FEVOLA: They’ll be sorry if they try to stop us

Albury would have found it more difficult to recruit Chris Hyde if a points system was implemented into the Ovens and Murray.

Albury would have found it more difficult to recruit Chris Hyde if a points system was implemented into the Ovens and Murray.

BRINGING in rules to even things up the O and M would do more damage than good in the long run.

It would wreck the league, if you ask me.

It’s a touchy subject but equalisation seems to be the talk of the town right now with Albury flying and on the top of the ladder.

Good on them, I say.

People talk about how much they spend on their players all the time, but it really wouldn’t be any more than most other clubs.

They are just able to give their players jobs.

What is wrong with that?

There is more to life than footy.

People have very short memories.

The wheel will turn, it always does.

It annoys me that people complain about Yarrawonga winning the past two flags.

Up until then, we had only ever won three in our history.

It’s not like we’ve completely dominated the league.

We should have missed out on the granny in my first year up here and Albury shouldn’t have been there last year. The other teams choked.

How is that our fault?

"Nobody can stay at the top forever. I can see why other teams might be frustrated but does everyone really want to damage the standard of the league, just so they can feel good about themselves?" - BRENDAN FEVOLA

We’ve hardly “wrecked” the competition by having a couple of good years.

Corowa-Rutherglen in the early 2000s was as dominant as anyone has been in the history of the league, but fell back down the bottom a few years ago.

It looks like they’re on the rise again.

Things change.

Myrtleford loaded up a few years after Corowa did but fell short of winning a flag.

That happens.

I’m sure they’ll have a crack again soon.

Nobody can stay at the top forever.

I can see why other teams might be frustrated but does everyone really want to damage the standard of the league, just so they can feel good about themselves?

By limiting clubs with points, the standard of the league would drop so much.

I wouldn’t be at Yarra if there was a points system.

Not because I wouldn’t want to be, but because it’s too hard to fit enough players in.

Guys like Chris Hyde wouldn’t be able to play at Albury and Barry Hall would not have been able to fit into Wang Rovers’ side a couple of years ago.

It would have an impact on every club, but not for the better.

People have complained about Albury and Yarra playing in the past five grand finals, but at least we’ve split a few between us.

Golden Square has won the past five flags straight in the Bendigo league.

Things don’t sound so bad now, do they?

What about Wangaratta Rovers winning pretty much every flag in the 1970s?

Or Wangaratta in 2007 and 2008?

Things go in cycles.

They always have and always will.

Even in the AFL.

Look at what “equalisation” does there.

Sydney got “Buddy” Franklin for free because of it, basically.

I can see why supporters of other clubs might be getting frustrated and I’m all for an even competition, but there’s no need to bring a quick fix that will only look stupid in a couple of years.

If anything, us and Albury are coming to the end of our era and it will be other clubs being held back if it’s brought in.

They wouldn’t want that, would they?

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