A novel and practical AFL State of Origin concept
There’s a lot to be said about the State of Origin, but not the thick-necked variety of backwards ball throwing.
It’s the Big V against the South Australians. The topic has been raised again with an AFL player group saying they would like to play; but put your money where your mouth is. Big time players wouldn’t risk a hammy, broken leg or potential season ending run on the grass in a game worth nothing more than wearing the navy blue.
Players such as Jonathon Brown (old school lad footballer) love pulling on the Big V guernsey, but how much do the coaches appreciate this? Player managers, clubs, even supporters cringe at the thought of an AC done for the sake of an imaginary line separating the states.
I propose another solution playing off the idea of mid season drafts – not a novel concept in most other sports, but one the AFL has been lagging in.
We have all heard the great seasoned rookie, good news stories such as Podsiadly, admired the careers of players who for one reason or another haven’t been able to crack it onto the MCG (the older Pendlebury) or young blokes who well… just don’t look like AFL footballers but possess brilliant talent. Let’s give them the stage to show off their skills.
How about giving these blokes a crack mid-season for the Big V? Not only will we get a chance to witness untapped talent, we may be unearthing the next big thing (kinda like The Voice but without the annoying, fawning of Delta) in AFL.
Insert mid-season draft picks here. the opportunity for mature players, delisted players still hungry for the game, the smell of overpriced chips and pies on the MCG and the slap of Sherrin leather in the hands on the big stage. An opportunity awaits those whose careers may have but cut short due to injury, bad luck, not looking flashy enough or being stuck out in the sticks.
Give ‘em a go. Lets bash the Crow Eaters into oblivion (and unveil the newest oldest big thing in footy) and play it over the bye round; that hideous time of the year when you have to wait two weeks to see your team play again. But that’s another story!