All senior games could be filmed
ALL five senior games in the Bendigo Football-Netball League could be filmed each week from next year in a move that would benefit both clubs and the league.
The BFNL is keen to follow the same path as the Geelong and Ballarat football leagues, which have all their senior games filmed each week.
The BFNL has had one game a week filmed by Limelight Video Productions, but AFLCV regional operations manager Justin Abrams wants to expand that to every senior game.
Abrams was involved in helping set up the Ballarat and Geelong league video programs through company Red Onion Creative.
"Introducing video of all the games is obviously a great tool for the coaches, players and umpires," Abrams said on Saturday.
"As well as benefiting the clubs and umpires, it could also help to raise the profile of the league with things like mark and goal of the week and so on."
The videoing of all games would open the door to the possibility of one game a week being streamed live on the Internet in a further league and club promotion.
Abrams - who has received a positive response to the proposal from coaches in the league - said it could cost clubs as little as $1000 a year to have all their games professionally videoed.
"There's a need for it and I think it would be really positive for the league," Abrams said.
"I've done a lot of background work on it and I'm confident it can get up."
Abrams said the likely introduction of all games being videoed was one way the BFNL could distinguish itself from the district leagues.
The BFNL is currently under a recruiting siege, with a large chunk of this year's inter-league team leaving the competition.
"We won't gloss over the fact that we're losing quality footballers, particularly representative footballers, but with the money that is out there in the district leagues, I can understand why players are exiting," Abrams said.
"But we believe there's certainly a difference with playing in a major competition in the BFNL.
"So we're trying to differentiate ourselves, and part of that is bringing in video for every game.
"And we're also working really hard with the councils to try to build better facilities for the BFNL clubs.
"Castlemaine is being really pro-active in trying to increase their lighting facilities to a standard where we can start playing night footy there and there's really good plans for development out at Eaglehawk."
The BFNL will hold a planning day with its clubs in November, while it has also sent out a survey to all clubs discussing the future of football and netball.
"The survey is an opportunity for the clubs to have their input on where they would like to see the league progress to," Abrams said.