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and the opposition captain before the game. My player who doesn't follow this direction and `ti (;ars a glove or gloves into a match is to b e ported and ordered-off by the umpire as per any other report . In considering approaches to it, the VAFA is of the attitude that if a player's injury cannot be protected by professional strapping then he shouldn't be playing. In other words a letter of permission would only ever be issued in extreme circumstances - for example in the case of a perma®nt di®bili . 0 The RSL through the Keilor East branch and represented by its treasurer Henry Cooper presented the Veterans Challenge Cup to St Bernards and cup for the best player to Tait Wilkinson of St . Bernards . ® 0 0 Very pleased to receive an invitation to the Old Ivanhoe luncheon this Saturday . Absolutely ecstatic when I saw it was to celebrate the opening of the "Harris/Stevens" extensions to the Old Ivanhoe rooms . How nice to think the club would recognise VAFA old-fellas Pete "The Agate" Harris an d your editor !!! Reality then set in and we realised that the Old Ivanhoe club was recognising the two great Old Ivanhoe families the Harris's and the Stevens's who did so much in establishing the club in its formative years . Great gesture and I look forward to being in attendance . 0 0 0 Next Tuesday May 4th at 6 .30 pm at Telstra Dome the AFL will be holding a Female Football Forum . The forum is free and is a chance for females to find out how to get involved in a number of areas in the football industry - from full or part time jobs related to the media, marketing, player management, nutrition etc . Guest speakers will include the likes of Kevin Sheedy, Andrew Demetriou an d Danny Frawley . Interested - contact Jenni Ferris at the AFL on email jennif@afl .com.au ® ® ® I was a guest at Old Essendon's first President's Luncheon of the year last Saturday and had a great time and was pleased to be asked to address the gathering . A fellow speaker was Old Essendon's chairman of selectors Matt Mulkearns who won the B section G .T. Moore Medal in 1990 for the best player in B section . THE AMATEUR FOOTBALLER 2004

Matt was then with St . Bernards . Matt gave a terrific speech and certainly Old Essendon is in good hands with senior coach Fran k Dunell (ex Bomber champ and the one of the first of the group of players to head north and start off the "Brissie" Bears) and Matt . So all you young Old "Bombers" when Frank and Matt give you advice listen because they were two of the best in the business .

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For the next 4 rounds contributions for this column "For The Love of The Game" will be provided by Brett Connell (2 contributions), Norm Nugent (2 contributions), each scribe (that is 7 contributions) and a contribution from Tom Brain (about the Southern FM Show), Glenn Scarborough (The VAFA North West Footy Report) and Ken Pettrucco (The Saturday Morning "Ammos" Show on Inner FM) . All contributions must be with Brett Connell (brett@vafa .asn .au) by 9am Tuesday mornings .

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My editorial ( "From My Des k ") will be written each week by a different writer. The four editorials will be written by president Bruce chairman of permits and McTaggart, reinstatements John Bell, chairman Nic k Bourke who is also the senior representative coach and Brian Goodman our new Umpires' Adviser for the 2004 season . 0 ® 0

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