9-point goals to entice clubs

NINE-point super goals will hit the Border for the first time in March, with Wodonga’s annual pre- season competition getting a major facelift.

Inspired by the AFL’s NAB Cup, organisers have opted to change the format of the competition in the hope of attracting more district clubs to the event.

Not only will nine points by awarded for goals kicked from outside 50 metres, plenty of other rule changes have been adopted, too, organiser Lloyd Deane said.

“We thought we’d try and create a bit of difference this year,” he said.

“Rather than the same old.

“It’ll be play on when the ball hits the goal post and comes back into play, the last team to touch the ball before it goes over the boundary line will gave away a free kick and balls will be ready to go after a point has been kicked so play can resume as soon as possible.

“All those rules will come in to speed up the game.

“It will change a lot of tactics.”

Quarters have also been reduced from 20 to 15 minutes.

If the rule changes aren’t enough, a $1000 prize is also up for grabs for the winner of the round-robin tournament.

All district clubs in the area are invited to attend.

The competition, which is played over three weeks in the lead-up to the season, starts in mid-March.

Interested clubs can contact Deane on (02) 6056 1400.