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Finley's Hawkins remains at the helm of Murray League

Finley’s Jack Hawkins was elected unopposed for a firth term at the helm of the Murray Football League on Monday night.

December 12, 2013 4:05am

The popular president said he had thoroughly enjoyed his time in the top job but hinted to the 30 people at the annual general meeting held at the Mulwala Services Club that 2014 would be his last.

Hawkins wished Tocumwal well in its move to the Picola and District Football League and thanked all clubs for their support in 2013.

MFL general manager Dale Norman said the league would devise a recommendation within the next week to send to clubs regarding the hosting of the 2014 MFL grand final.

He said traditional grand final host Tocumwal was not out of the question as the 2014 grand final ground, but most clubs believe it’s highly unlikely given the club’s decision to move leagues.

In other news to come from the AGM, clubs passed a motion that kicking the ball off the ground in fourths football be reintroduced. It had previously been outlawed to encourage young players to pick the ball up off the ground.

MFL junior development officer Brendan Brooks said he didn’t believe the rule change would cause any major issues.

The MFL will also look to introduce a sub rule for senior football, which would give clubs the option of adding a fourth player to their bench on game day.

The extra player is to be an under-17 registered footballer. Once a player has been subbed off for the under-17 player, they are not allowed to return to the field.

The league said it would clarify what would happen in finals as far as player qualification is concerned, however all clubs were supportive of adding the extra player and the motion will more than likely be passed at the next MFL meeting.

The PDFL north-west division adopted the extra bench player in 2013 and most clubs used it to replace injured players who were not likely to return to the field.

■ Ash Haynes and Matt Kelly will continue on as the Finley Football and Netball Club’s MFL delegates in 2014.

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