Bay avoids penalty after points breach

Jake Barlow

AFL Barwon has announced that Apollo Bay will avoid penalty for breaching its player points cap due to an administration error in its round one win against Simpson.

The Hawks incorrectly listed new recruit and former Bell Post Hill footballer Jake Barlow as a three-point player in the Hawks’ win against the Tigers on March 30, when Apollo Bay used all 45 of its available player points cap.

Apollo Bay secretary John Lugg said the Hawks learnt from AFL Barwon following the clash that Barlow should have been listed as a four-point player, after finishing top five in Geelong District Football League club Bell Post Hill’s best-and-fairest count the previous season.

Barlow’s points amendment pushed the Hawks’ round one total to 46 points.

But AFL Barwon operations manager Michael Limb said the league’s points committee had declined to penalise the Hawks due to the error being unintentional.

“They were unaware the player had been top five in his previous club’s best-and-fairest,” he said.

“When it was discovered, the amendments have been made, but there will be no further actions because it was deemed unintentional.”

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