Six Ovens and Murray Football League clubs, including at least one which would have played finals, applied for extra player points.
Myrtleford, which finished fourth after the COVID-shortened season, requested an additional four points, but received only two and have appealed the decision.
The Saints formed part of the 15 clubs throughout the AFL North East Border region to apply for extra points.
AFLNEB takes in the O and M, Tallangatta and District, Ovens and King and the Upper Murray.
Five O and K outfits wanted an increase, along with two apiece in the other two leagues.
Of those 15 clubs, six received the points they requested, comprising two in the O and M and O and K respectively, while the TDFL and Upper Murray had one apiece.
For the nine which didn't, only two have appealed to the AFLNEB Commission.
Those appeals will be held on November 17.
AFLNEB region manager Zac Guilfoyle could not comment on any individual case.
"There is an appeal process underway and we have to understand and appreciate that the points and salary cap are both sensitive matters with clubs, who want a positive outcome for themselves," he revealed.
"We can't question and must acknowledge that over the last five-six years, the points system and the salary cap have gone a long way in terms of equalising the competition and allowing clubs to climb the ladder."
There's a number of factors for the granting of extra players points, including a small population base and lack of success over an extended period.
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If a club fails to win its appeal, Guilfoyle says it has no other avenue of appeal.
The points system and the salary cap have gone a long way in terms of equalising the competition.- Zac Guilfoyle
The player points system was introduced for the 2016 season, with three clubs - Albury (twice), Wangaratta and Lavington - winning the four O and M grand finals since as the last two seasons have been destroyed by COVID.
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