Drummoyne received their 12th Red Card in Grand Final. That red card alone gave them a $6500 fine! So essentially they paid $6500 to play in a Grand Final and get flogged by 40 points. They were sent a letter in the week of the Grand Final saying if you get 1 more red card, don't expect to be in Div 1 next season. It only took them 10 minutes! The Board are meeting tonight so I hope they stand strong and boot them to Div 2. I remember a few years ago, my club received 4 red cards and we were absolutely sh!tting ourselves as the handbook states the maximum number is 6. To get 12 in one season is disgraceful!
A decision will also be made tonight on the number of teams in Div 1, options are 8,9 or 10 teams. Interesting times ahead.
As you say that number of red cards is disgraceful but i don't know what will be achieved by sending them to Div 2.
That kind of behaviour is either cultural or procedural.
Meaning the D'moyne board/management tolerates and/or encourages activities that lets this happen.
It could player recruitment policies, it could be coaching etc etc.
What will change by sending them to Div 2?
They need to penalise them and relegation is the most powerful penalty the board have up their sleeve. The last team to be relegated for red cards was Dundas Valley and apparently they had less offences than Drummoyne had this year. I agree it is not fair to other clubs in Div 2 but I'm not sure what else they can do. The board knows that Drummoyne have plenty of cash so I wouldn't be surprised if they let them pay their way out.
At the moment there is no 1st Div club being relegated to Div 2 as Campbelltown are going to the Illawarra comp and Beecroft are going down to Div 4 (although not officially confirmed.) So it would not be a huge shake up if Drummoyne went down. Without being able to pay their players next year they should lose most of their current 1st Grade side and they won't be as big of a threat.