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NorthPort
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Coburg and Werribee trialling new positional rules.

What are peoples thoughts? 

I actually don't mind the idea if both clubs are willing to trial it knowing that finals are off the cards and it will only have a mi or impact to ladder standings.

 

In all honesty I don't thi K it will actually make much of a change.. And agree with Kevin Bartlett that the biggest impact is the number of rotations on the bench, and by significantly reducing them will have the biggest impact on the pack / congestion issues. 

vfa
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In the old days there was no kicking backwards and sideways, plenty of torpedoes, stab passes, drop kicks, no flooding, set positions and overall better to watch. These days a player kicks a goal and he is straight off. What a joke. Reckon they should slash rotations by half at minimum, if in back half if you kick backwards play on. Get rid of the deliberate rule as it is too over the top. If it is deliberate fair enough but if kick is off target or kick is astray as under pressure umpires should be more lenient. Maybe make the kick in back half has to travel 15m for mark ?? Not sure. Interesting as the Coburg v werribee match will now create huge interest and possibly bigger crowd. Will recieve heaps of media attention. Reckon the afl has received huge backlash due to some games resembling rugby scrums. 

comeng

If they are going to trial this rule change it should be between two AFL reserves teams, the Richmoice.ond v Geelong game would be my choice.  If the AFL is serious about removing congestion why not reduce the number of players on the field to 16 a side?

NorthPort
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I didn't mind the rule of no mark kicking backwards. Was there ever a reason given as to why it did not continue?? 

Also Comeng I'd love to see them trial a return to 16 a side.

 


paul

The no marks from backwards kicks rule just encouraged teams to put more numbers behind the ball, not sure it was really a solution to anything. Have to laugh at the highly-paid folk who come up with starting points at a centre bounce (trying to get more goals by changing something that happens after goals!) and a bigger goalsquare. Incredible.

I think the first step should be rolling back all the rule changes over the past decade that have negatively impacted the game. How about umpiring by the rules, protect the player who is playing the ball as was once the case and see what it looks like.

Bearsman
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I read somewhere that there are 43 proposed rule changes for next year haha...they must be f^^^^^g joking! Big Dill McLaughlin did say they would probably ONLY have about12 haha God help us....

This tail chasing will go on forever with these idiotic rule changes unless there is a major change made to how they game is played. I believe they have to take tackling out of the game to address these issues. Or maybe take the Gaelic Football style of one arm tackling/harrassing. .Drastic I know but it has plenty of plusses. Will clear the congestion, make it easier to umpire and cut down on player injuries.

vfa
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In the old vfa 16 a side it was a lot open footy back then. It was actually the vfa that had interchange bench well before vfl for 17th and 18th man that could come back on. Don't reckon the afl will ever go with 16 a side as it means 2 players less in team. Imagine the players association they would have a real whinge on that. Paul, how are you finding footy in tassie with glenorchy ? I have got some tassie dvds at home and on from 1985 gf in clarence v glenorchy. For clarence chris riewoldt father of jack and peter uncle of jack were very good players in tas. Robert shaw was coach. For glenorchy David pearce was a standout. Danny ling a little rover was good. Linton toigh as nails. Great game and heaps of scuffles. Glenorchy just won. I can send copy to you if you like. Packed north hobart oval as well. 

 

paul

I've watched some of that game on youtube. Seeing some of those old games and hearing the stories from folks who were around reminds me very much of the VFA, the comp was full of characters and captured the public's imagination.

Bearsman
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Anyone watch the game? Cant imagine the rules being tried will have much of an effect on the congestion they're trying to get rid of. I must have missed something over the years...dont most sides have the 6/6/6 lineup at centre square ball ups anyway? I guess the exception is when a team puts an extra player in defence.

NorthPort
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I watched a bit this evening skipping to various parts of the game. No real change the 6/6/6 but the large goalsquare apart from looking ridiculous (like a grass airport runway) did mean that a long kick was pretty much creating a potential 50/50 contest right in the middle of the ground.

Can't see either rule being used in 2019 based on that. 

 


Bearsman
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interesting take on the rule changes for next year. 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-15/afl-rules-changes-may-reduce-scori...

Wonder if these clowns actually watched the trial games? They can come up with all sorts of stats to rationalise their decisions , but if they actually  watched them they should have come to the same conclusion as everyone else - that they hardly made any difference at all....