Melton only BFL or CHFL club to get player points cap boost

Melton is the only Ballarat or Central Highlands football league club to have its player points budget increased for season 2018.

The Bloods were allocated 44 points for their senior side last season, but that has been given a lift to 45 for next year.

Their cross-town rivals Melton South was the Ballarat league club hardest hit by the new allocations.

The Panthers had 48 points in 2017, but will operate with just 45 next season.

Melton South recruited strongly for last season, including former AFL star Brendan Fevola, but could only manage eighth spot on the ladder.

Bacchus Marsh, Ballarat, Darley, East Point, Lake Wendouree, North Ballarat City, Redan and Sunbury have all dropped from 44 points to 43.

Battlers Sebastopol is the only club in the competition to maintain the same allocation from last season.

The Kookaburras will work with 48 points in 2018 after finishing last campaign at the bottom of the ladder with a solitary victory.

Sebastopol will be coached by Leigh Hutchinson next season and has already recruited strongly as it strives for a long-awaited return to finals football.

While there isn’t any clubs in the Central Highlands league that have received an increase to points caps for next year, five have been docked points for 2018. They include Beaufort, which made the grand final last season, Creswick, Skipton, Smythesdale and Waubra.

The Maryborough Castlemaine District and Riddell District league allocations have also been completed for next campaign.

The player points system, which is set for its third season of operation, applies to a senior team that takes the field each match, with individuals given a rating between one and six based on a range of factors including transfer history and recent accolades.

PLAYER POINTS ALLOCATIONS

(last season/next season)

BALLARAT FL: Bacchus Marsh 44/43, Ballarat 44/43, Darley 44/43, East Point 44/43, Lake Wendouree 44/43, Melton 44/45, Melton South 48/45, North Ballarat City 44/43, Redan 44/43, Sebastopol 48/48, Sunbury 44/43.

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS FL: Ballan 45/45, Beaufort 45/42, Bunninyong 42/42, Bungaree 42/42, Carngham-Linton 48/48, Clunes 48/48, Creswick 48/45, Daylesford 42/42, Dunnstown 45/45, Gordan 42/42, Hepburn 42/42, Learmonth 45/45, Newlyn 45/45, Rokewood-Corindhap 48/48, Skipton 50/48, Smythesdale 50/48, Springbank 42/42, Waubra 45/44.