Nah I'm not buying it mate. 2 OS yes can see it, 4 or 5 becomes a joke. Cap it, restrict it do what you want, our kids deserve a better go. Let Yarraville and Hoppers and whoever else has the moula do what they like, or better still determine who is a paid player and attribute points appropriately to see if they can fit in a points cap. The issue with the two paid player system was it became innefectual as the VTCA didn't have the expertise or regulatory power to monitor it.You should try replying Q, then you might have the facts. Senior Division won't change and thats for the benefit of South Clubs and we will never become as bad as the Subbies. DH it is an arms race in Senior and the top clubs have to do it to competer with the likes of Yarraville and Hoppers who have more money than the rest of the comp combined. You can't stop them if they have pokies, you just have to try an import players to try and match them, picking the right one's is the key.
How does Vic Premier Cricket manage it? Remember the bucket of proverbial that hit Hawthorn-Monash and Spoljiaric?
If there's no fear of consequences the cashed up clubs just blow raspberries at the rest competition and play by their own rules. In the meantime- your arms race requires wannabe clubs to pay 4 and 5 overseas players to compete. That's wrong. With a healthy bank balance the VTCA executive should be considering the regulatory position needed to keep the competition local cricket, and open to all teams. Then set up a sub-group to monitor, regulate and where required investigate through audit, the clubs that are found to be or suspected of not toeing the line.
Airfares, accommodation, vehicles, coaching fees and the like that have to be diverted to OS players are better invested in your local players, juniors and club infrastructure that ultimately will benefit your club and the competition.
The argument that they can because they have cash is lazy and a cop-out, the VTCA is the competition's governing body, if they can't govern and regulate the competition effectively- that's the issue- not the financial success of a few well set-up clubs.