ARDMONA Football Club’s senior side will play the rest of the season in the Kyabram District Football League’s reserves competition.
This was decided by the league executive at a meeting last Wednesday night.
The club has not fielded a reserves side so far this season and its senior side was defeated by 254 points in round one against Undera and by 348 points against Rushworth in the second round.
League president Wayne Ryan said it was a difficult decision but the right one to help the club rebuild.
“After two big losses in the first two games and a very difficult start to the season we spoke to Ardmona’s president Brett Sharp and coach Brent Ralph over the past few days and proposed to them the option of playing their senior side in the reserves for the rest of the season,” he said.
“They spoke to their playing group who accepted this as the best path forward and we then consulted with each club president who were also supportive of the move.
“With the club fielding only one senior side the move to the reserves will allow them to be more competitive and also to retain their players for the rest of the season and rebuild their list.
“The executive also decided that Ardmona’s two games that have been played so far against Undera and Rushworth would be reduced to 100 points to zero margins, however McNamara Medal votes, goalkickers, etc would be retained.”
“The two reserves games that have been played without Ardmona would also be dealt as being a 100-0 forfeit and the ladder would reflect this,” Ryan said.
■ The season resumes on Saturday with some interesting clashes.
Merrigum, who bounced back in the second round with a big win over Murchison Toolamba, faces reigning premiers Nagambie at Merrigum while expected finalists Stanhope and Avenel clash at Stanhope.
Lancaster will also be looking to bounce back from a heavy loss to Violet Town in the second round when it travels to Tallygaroopna.
In the other games Violet Town hosts Murchison-Toolamba and Rushworth takes on an improved Longwood at Longwood in a danger game.
- Gus Underwood