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For more than two hours last nighô VFL delegates discussed the finahed committee's suggestions that £S weekly be payed to players, but iha$ it be bound up with pooling of gat! receipts. The matter was referred back to that committee for discus* sion and report, various suggest ionij
Owing to the lateness of the hou* no discussion was possible on tha opening date of League football and the number of matches to be plaved. The League had a fight on* it« hands, said Mr S. W. Ramsay (Footscray), and the clubs would have to be prepared to make sacri* fices for the safety and security of the League. He favoured pooling, Some clubs would find it difficult to pay even 30/ weekly to their plavers, while others could pay £4.
It was coats off and all in together. said Mr J. C. Blair (Melbourne) in strongly recommending that the principle be adopted, after which de- tails could be arranged. ?
Mr F. O'Brien (Richmond), while agreeing to £3 weekly, said that it might be achieved in some other way than pooling gate receipts, whicij
could destroy the incentive to work and would make those weaker clubs a greater drag on the League.
Mr R. T. Rush (Collingwood) said that pooling was the only wav ¡4 guarantee players £3 weekly.
Weaker clubs would be the targets for Association clubs unie« there was a guarantee of £ 3 weekly for players, said Mr L. Phelan (Fitzroy).
Figures were presented by Mr Ram- say to show how gate pooling would operate. On the figures of the last two years Richmond would pay £1,427 into the pool and Carlron £ 1,345. Melbourne would receive £852, North Melbourne £793. Gee- long £775, and Hawthorn £562.
Mr H. Clover (Carlton) supported the proposal to use the second rounds proceeds to pay the players, He moved that the matter be re- ferred back to the finance committee for consideration and report. Mr G. Cathie seconded it, and it was agreed to by 12 votes to 10.
It was agreed that any Association player who had been playing with the League in the last two years, had had his permits revoked, and had later rejoined the League, should be regarded as a member of the League club with which he played.
Any player who leaves the League without a permit will be disqualified for five years. If he joins an Asso- ciation club in.those circumstances. and that club is later admitted t(J the League, his disqualification will
Referring to the recent discussion? with the VFA, Mr Bruce Hogg, chair- man of the permit committee, said that a Victorian council was cne of the proposals dealt with. He felt that such a council would be most valuable, and that the Amateur As- sociation, Country League, and the Junior Union should be asked to join such a council. If that were done most of the football troubles would obviously disappear.
Other delegates spoke in support1, saying that the time was ripe for such a move and the machinery should be started. It was decided to hold a preliminary conference with
Dr J. Jona (chairman, finance committee) moved that the prices of
admittance be the same as last year, Members' tickets will be increased from 8/6 to 10/6. Both will be sub* ject to the approval of the Prices
PLAYERS FOR GEELONG
The Geelong committee has signed; up W. Baulch, a half-forward, for* merly of Hobart. The committee. hopes to secure a number of leading Western district players.
HUGHES AS MFC COACH
Percy Beames yesterday handed ip, his resignation as coach of Mel* bourne. When the new committee meets it is certain that F. ("Checker") Hughes, who retired about two years ago from the posi» tion, will be asked to again act afi coach. Officials hope and believe that he will accept.