Black Diamond AFL: City happy with talks on recruitment banphotos

City hopeful of overturning recruitment ban | photos City win in 2009.


City win in 2010.

City win in 2011.

Terrigal-Avoca win in 2012.

City win in 2013.

Terrigal-Avoca win in 2014.

Terrigal-Avoca win in 2015.

City win in 2016.

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentCommentsNewcastle City are hopeful they have convinced the Black Diamond AFL board to amend a ban on the competition’s two dominant clubs recruiting players this season.

Blues representatives addressed the Black Diamond board on Wednesday night and said they were happy with the outcome, while BDAFL president Wal Bembic said the two parties were “working together”.

The competitionhas introduced strict recruitment limitations on City, the defending champions, and Terrigal-Avoca after the two clubs again dominated the league in 2016.

The Blues and Panthers have won the past nine grand finals, and the last time theydid not finish first and second on the table was in 2010.

It is understood the competition could move towards a player points system, similar to those in place in Hunter rugby league, union and soccer, but it is unclear if the recruitment ban will stay in place this season.

Under the policy, City and Terrigal arelimited to recruiting players who have never played Australian rules or who have been at the club in the past.

The Blues have argued their success is based on years of hard work and they should not be penalised for building a club which attractsplayers.

They had raised the possibility oflegal action if the ban was not overturned, but club president Daniel Gardner said on Thursday that he was grateful to the board for listening to his club’s concerns.

“It was a good discussion, and they were really open to hearing what we wanted to talk about. It was great, actually,” he said.“We’re happy to be able to be heard. They understand our position and why we feel the way we feel.”

The season starts on April 1.