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Man killed in trailer collision
A 45-year-old Mount Gambier man was killed when the vehicle he was driving collided with a semi trailer on the Princes Highway just before 6.30am yesterday. The accident occurred 5km east of Mount Gambier when the truck’s trailer became detached as it pulled onto the highway. A Ford sedan travelling east was clipped by the edge of the trailer and a green Subaru station wagon collided with it from behind. The single occupant of the Subaru died on impact from the collision and the vehicle was lodged beneath the trailer. His death brought the state’s road toll to 26, compared with 20 this time last year. The driver of the Ford sustained minor injuries while the truck driver was unharmed. Both men, also from Mount Gambier, were taken to hospital for routine checks. Highway patrol officer Mark Patton said the cause of the trailer-truck separation was unknown. An Adelaide-based major crash team was investigating.

New rules rushed in
BY ELLIE TURNER
Email: ellie@tbw.com.au

pA Mount Gambier man was killed on the Princes Highway yesterday morning, after colliding with a semi trailer. Mount Gambier State Picture: ELLIE TURNER. Emergency Service volunteers (pictured) helped clear the scene.

SOUTH East footballers are likely to play under new rules this year after the AFL Commission last week resolved to ban players from deliberately rushing behinds. AFL football operations manager Adrian Anderson told Melbourne journalists the move was in response to a general increase in deliberate rushed behinds over the past few years. “This is a long-term trend,” Mr Anderson said. “There were double the number

of rushed behinds last year than there were in 2006.” Mid South East Football League umpire director Ben Young said the new rule would be implemented for the coming season, which opens on April 4. Mr Young predicted it would make for a better game. He said the league received a memorandum from the SANFL stating the rule was subject to the umpire’s call, but a player would receive the benefit of the doubt. “If a player is under pressure and randomly disposes of the ball or the ball is accidentally knocked through in a tussle there will be no free kick awarded to the opposition,”

Mr Young said. However, the rules state if the player simply rushes the ball through the opposition goals to gain possession by way of a kick from the boundary he will be penalised. Mr Young said the onus was now on the player to keep the ball - and the game - moving. “That is what I think spectators want to see,” he said. “For the benefit of all players and especially the development of junior players it is important we stay in line with the national standards that apply to our game.” The MSEFL will also adopt a new AFL rule regarding a player being tackled after disposing of the ball.

A free kick and 50 metre penalty will be awarded against a player who tackles or holds an opponent after the ball has been passed to prevent him from participating in the next play. The free kick will be taken from the point the ball has reached when the player is tackled. Mr Young said he hoped this would deter late tackles. SANFL regional umpire manager and Western Border Football League umpire director Terry Willoughby said in previous years the Victorian Country Football League had always adopted AFL rule changes. But he claimed rushed behinds

were not an issue in Western Border football. “Maybe in the long term banning rushed behinds would be effective to the league, but they are so rare that it’s not likely to be a big deal,” he said. “Like anything, once you draw attention to it someone will be silly enough to try it, but I don’t think having a separate rule to the AFL will cause confusion. “However, whether or not the new rules will be adopted by the league is still open to speculation.” Mr Willoughby said WBFL coaches, administrators and umpires would discuss the issue at a meeting tomorrow night.

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