New chair looking to strengthen relationship

January 13, 2018

New Ovens and Murray League chairman David Sinclair is hoping to strengthen the relationship between his competition and Goulburn Valley League.

Sinclair, a Shepparton product and former Shepparton East president, is keen to see the two competitions play interleague football against each other more regularly.

‘‘I think the GV and O&M are the two outstanding competitions outside of Melbourne,’’ Sinclair said.

‘‘It would be great to see them play more regular interleague footy, rather than once every 10 years like they are at the moment.

‘‘It’s something that I would love to see happen.’’

After facing each other 10 times from 2000 to 2010, the two leagues went six seasons without competing for the Ash-Wilson Trophy, before Ovens and Murray reclaimed the prize by seven points last year.

The leagues will not face each other this year.

Sinclair has asked opponents of the points and salary cap systems to give them time to take full effect.

‘‘There’s no doubt that the points and salary cap have already started to have an impact, there’s plenty of voices saying that they’re destroying football,’’ he said.

‘‘I think it will take five years or so for them to really bed down and take effect.

‘‘I think that the strength of leagues, especially like the GV and O&M, will take a hit as the talent evens out across all grades and leagues.

‘‘But the evening out is good for football. It will take the pressure off committees to find and raise the money to pay for big name players and drive them to nurture their junior talent.

‘‘The days of going out and buying a premiership have got to stop, and will stop (under these systems).’’

Sinclair was elected chair unopposed on Wednesday night after 13 years of service on the league’s board, the past five as deputy chair, and is looking forward to the new role.

‘‘I’m excited about the opportunity,’’ he said.

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