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From the Ballarat Courier
Reported by Melanie Whelan
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NORTH Ballarat Roosters coach Gerard FitzGerald has called for a league review into stricter match-day schedules.

Both the Roosters and Werribee were delayed in taking to the field for final pre-match warm-ups for their Victorian Football League match after a prolonged curtain-raiser match for the Tigers’ development team.

VFL team managers from each club called on umpires to intervene and allow players more time to finish warming up before a short Anzac Day commemoration.

FitzGerald said it should not have got to that point – the league must reconsider tightening match-day timelines, especially when marking special occasions.

Rules on ground access and curtain-raiser timing are strict in the AFL, and the Roosters will be under such conditions in three weeks time for a clash with Northern Blues at Etihad Stadium. Ballarat Football League reserves matches play set 24-minute quarters that can be adjusted.

AFL Victoria development league matches play with time-on.

FitzGerald said there had been no clear outline on times when teams could use the playing arena to warm up.

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They need to focus on playing 4 quarters. My tipping is in tatters thanks to the Chooks!!

[quote=burraburger]

They need to focus on playing 4 quarters. My tipping is in tatters thanks to the Chooks!!

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We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

[quote=digs]

burraburger wrote:

They need to focus on playing 4 quarters. My tipping is in tatters thanks to the Chooks!![/quote]

Sorry about that Burra.
I'll pass that message on to Fitzy & the players.

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

[quote=digs]

digs wrote:

burraburger wrote:They need to focus on playing 4 quarters. My tipping is in tatters thanks to the Chooks!!

Sorry about that Burra.
I'll pass that message on to Fitzy & the players.

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Dont rush Digs, wait till after this weekend ....

Haha I was checking the scores throughout the day and thought you guys had the game under control. But that's footy!

[quote=burraburger]

Haha I was checking the scores throughout the day and thought you guys had the game under control. But that's footy!

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It's a bit like horse racing Burra, You've only got to be in front at the finish. !!

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

Oh that's right the Roosters don't have a development league side so they don't really care. Already, on too many occasions, Development League games finish 45 minutes prior to the senior match starting and the poor DL players have to sit outside and wait for the seniors to finish warming up and getting ready. I can only assume he wants 25 minute flat quarters?