All senior games to be filmed from 2014
THE Bendigo Football-Netball League will ramp up its use of video footage, with all senior games to be filmed from next year.
The video expansion was ticked off at the BFNL's recent board meeting, with Bendigo following in the footsteps of the Geelong and Ballarat leagues, which film all their senior games.
"We've locked that in, which is fantastic for the clubs and the league," AFLCV regional operations manager Justin Abrams said.
"It will be done through Red Onion Creative, which will build a website as part of the deal where each club will have their own mini portal for all their vision.
"We think that's certainly a positive initiative that will be rolled out next year."
Abrams believes having all games filmed will not only be a valuable coaching tool for clubs and umpires, but also an asset for marketing the league.
Not only will the expanded videoing increase the exposure of the BFNL online, but opens the door to the possibility of goals and marks of the week and so on.
There's also the potential benefits for the tribunal in it having access to more reported incidents being caught on camera.
The cost for the increased videoing of one senior game a week to all five will be shared between sponsors, the clubs at a maximum cost of $1000 per year and the umpires.
The BFNL's interest in luring Goulburn Valley Football League club Echuca in 2015 was also discussed at the board meeting.
"Our next stage is to develop a presentation for Echuca, and that will include some vision of our grand final, our standard of footy, and other benefits of coming to Bendigo," Abrams said.
However, before the BFNL can formally meet with Echuca, it must go through AFL Country Victoria red tape.
"We can't move forward on Echuca until after their annual general meeting, but also not until cross-commission talks allow us to," Abrams said
"As soon as that happens, we'll get them in the same room and make a presentation, but as to when we can do that, who knows?"
Echuca - which previously played in the BFNL until 1973 - falls under the newly-created AFL Goulburn Murray region.
"Our commission and their commission have to talk first and hopefully, we can gain some momentum and move it forward," Abrams said.
Meanwhile, as for the high number of top-line players continuing to leave the BFNL, Abrams said the board was remaining positive.
"We can only control what we can control, and that's why we've endorsed things like the increased vision as a point of difference to the district leagues," Abrams said.
"We're really disappointed about the exits, but we can't control it, all we can do is focus on moving forward in a positive way."