Local leagues introduce new AFL rules

Local football will take on a majority of the AFL’s rule changes for season 2019, with the aim to create a more “free flowing” game style.

The AFL introduced nine rule changes this year, most of which have filtered down to country leagues for their respective seasons.

AFL Goldfields, the home of both the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League (MCDFNL) and AFL Goldfields Women’s League (AFLGWL), will adopt all but the new water carrier and runner rule from the AFL, which dictates that runners may only enter the playing surface after a goal has been kicked and must exit before play restarts while water carriers are not permitted to enter the surface during live play.

MCDFNL operations manager Matt Lindsay said the league welcomes the rule changes for season 2019.

“The changes to our laws of the game are an excellent way to further align our league with the national competition,” he said.

“Among other opportunities it will continue to provide an easy transition for players hoping to

break into the AFL competition, as well as various development opportunities to work on different skills, particularly with defensive rebounding aspects given the change to kick-ins.

“Due to the ever-evolving nature of our sport these rule changes are not unexpected. Across the board the rule changes are aimed at promoting a freer flowing game style which should peak spectator interest.

“As always our umpires have been trained extensively in the changes and I have full confidence they will be able to accurately interpret these changes for fair and concise calls throughout season 2019.”

For more on this story see Page 23 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, April 9

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