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I Bid to add Riddell league to administration hub

BFL looking to expand its role Big names, big hit

By TEO PELLIZZERI

BALLARAT Football League is one of the candidates for the vacant Riddell District Football League general manager role. The BFL is looking to add the Riddell league to its hub of existing competitions administered, namely the Lexton Plains and Maryborough Castlemaine District football leagues. Riddell league club presidents were presented with the details of the Ballarat league’s administration proposal on Monday night and have until next Wednesday to provide feedback to the RDFL. An AFL Victoria review of football in the Riddell district will be conducted this year but so far no deadlines have been set. Ballarat league CEO Rod Ward would be Riddell league general manager under the proposal while an operations manager would be posted at the RDFL office in Sunbury. ‘‘We were approached to ascertain if we might be interested soon after John and Scott made their resignations public,’’ Ward said. ‘‘I do have (an operations manager) in mind. I’ve identified who that will be to the RDFL board. ‘‘We had good discussions with the RDFL, this is purely an administration proposal for 2012. It’s akin to outsourcing...the RDFL can still set their own strategic direction with their own board and members, we need to make that clear. ‘‘We’ve been involved in several (reviews) with the VCFL...it doesn’t have to be a case here of Ballarat or RDFL or Essendon DFL nipping at each other’s heels. Continued page 46

Wonder children star at athletics

MEDAL HAUL: The Cross children, from left, Amelia, 10, Elijah, 9, Xavier, 8, and Isaiah, 6, cleaned up at the weekend’s Victorian Little Athletics Western Track and Field Championships. Picture: Jeremy Bannister

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By PAT NOLAN MEET the Cross children – Ballarat’s athletics wonder kids. Competing at the Victorian Little Athletics Western Track and Field Championships at the weekend, the Cross children entered 15 events between them and remarkably, won 11 gold medals. And in the four events they didn’t win, they secured three silvers and a bronze. Each won at least two gold medals, with three existing records also broken. The majority of their medals were won on the track, with the foursome dominating the sprint events and hurdles. Their father, Elvis, said he expected his children to perform well, but not to go close to almost executing a gold medal clean sweep. They were competing against athletes from all over western Victoria, some from as far away as Swan Hill, Warrnambool and Ararat. “We are very proud of them,” he said. Continued page 43

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