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Boss defends Hawks’ points

Drysdale has been allocated 43 points for the 2019 season. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

AFL Barwon boss Will McGregor has defended the decision to allocate a player points system cap of 43 to Bellarine league club Drysdale.

Eyebrows were raised across the BFL when the points allocations were announced last week and the Hawks were three above the 40-point base, especially after announcing a raft of signings, including former Essendon speedster Lauchie Dalgleish, and veteran Bell Park duo Jarrod Garth and Chris Lynch, and the return of former best-and-fairest Mitch McGuire from Leopold.

However, McGregor says the extra points were justified.

“One of the key points in the criteria around total team points is lack of team success; they’ve finished in the bottom three over the last three seasons, so that’s a main point,” he said yesterday.

“They’ve also finished bottom two in the under-19s Division 2 (competition), so we’re certainly looking at that in its current form that they have a lack, or a small number, of potential one-point players coming through to their club.”

The issue was expected to be raised at Wednesday night’s meeting of AFL Barwon club presidents.

“We’ve certainly had some conversations with some club presidents around that, absolutely,” McGregor said.

“We’ve got a club presidents’ meeting tonight, which we can further explain that and work with the clubs on that.”

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