No senior suspensions handed out by BFL tribunal this year
THE Bendigo Football League is proving to be one of the cleanest senior competitions across Victoria this year.
According to AFL Central Victoria records, over the first half of the season just one senior player has fronted the BFL tribunal.
That was Eaglehawk's Sean Williams, who was reported for striking Kyneton's Ryan Carafa in round one, but was found not guilty, meaning no senior suspensions have been handed out from the 45 games so far.
The clean record across the senior competition comes in the first year the BFL has begun filming all senior games each week.
"We didn't introduce the vision this year for that purpose - it's more for the collective benefit - but I know from the experience of introducing vision into three country leagues previously it helps to keep players more accountable," AFLCV regional operations manager Justin Abrams said on Thursday.
"Whether there has been a bit of luck this year, I'm not sure, but hopefully, it's (the lack of reports) because players are more accountable for their actions.
"I don't think the Bendigo league has traditionally been a rough league... it has always had a good reputation.
"We're a really young league this year and it might be a case of the younger players are just more concerned about playing the ball, which is really good."
In comparison to the BFL's clean sheet, four Heathcote District Football League senior players have been suspended for four weeks in total and three Loddon Valley Football League senior players have been handed seven weeks' suspension.
While there has been no suspensions handed down to BFL senior players, a total of 18 weeks worth of suspensions have been dealt to six under-18 players and four reserves players.