There is no need for golden point in the AFL

Pat Hornidge Roar Rookie

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    It’s only been two weeks since he retired, but I already find myself disagreeing with Nick Riewoldt.

    On Sunday he suggested that it is time for the draw to be axed, and for games that are level at full time to go into extra time.

    I could not disagree more. To be honest, draws are not central to the game, and removing them will not be overly detrimental to the sport itself. It would also not improve the game in any way, making it a pointless exercise.

    There are three equal and legitimate outcomes from a game of football: win, loss and draw. If scores are level at full time, then neither team deserves the win, but they also do not deserve the loss.

    Of course, in finals we need a result, and the size and importance of each game in modern times rules out the possibility of replays. So extra time is certainly needed in that situation. But for the regular season, draws should and need to remain.

    Toby Greene GWS Giants AFL 2017

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    The first recorded game of what was to become Australian football in 1858 ended in a draw after three Saturday’s worth of play. So the draw has been an acknowledged result of the game since its very beginning.

    Of course, that’s not a reason for it to remain part of the game; the game has continually evolved. One fact has remained though, you have a certain amount of time to score more than your opponent.

    If you fail to do this, you do not win the game – and you shouldn’t be given an extra opportunity to win if you couldn’t do it in regulation time. That is why the draw should remain.

    Luke Shuey’s goal on Saturday night was extraordinary fundamentally because it was an extremely rare moment. Draws themselves are of course rare, finals draws are even rarer and goals after the siren in extra time are basically unheard of.

    Their rareness of these events is what makes them special. Some have argued that this rareness is exactly why they need to be abolished – i.e. that they are a remnant from another time.

    Of course as GWS found out this season, two draws puts you right back in the pack with everyone else. We shouldn’t change rules like this just to make the ladder more exciting. Premiership points have always been more important than percentage and they will remain so.

    A draw is a recognition that on certain days two teams may be equal. One does not necessarily have to be better. It’s important for the AFL to remember this and keep the draw for the regular season. Let moments like Luke Shuey’s extra time goal be saved for finals, that will mean games like that remain extra special.

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    • Roar Guru

      September 12th 2017 @ 5:51am
      Gordon P Smith said | September 12th 2017 @ 5:51am | ! Report

      Agree 100%. Well supported and spot on.

    • Roar Guru

      September 12th 2017 @ 7:24am
      Cat said | September 12th 2017 @ 7:24am | ! Report

      Get rid of draws. They make the entire contest meaningless. Sport is played to determine a winner.

      • September 12th 2017 @ 7:36am
        Slane said | September 12th 2017 @ 7:36am | ! Report

        Right. Because at no time ever in the history of meaningful contests have two contestants ever been equal.

      • September 12th 2017 @ 9:23am
        Knoxy said | September 12th 2017 @ 9:23am | ! Report

        How do they make it meaningless during the home and away season? If it’s a draw you just split the four points. Seems pretty reasonable to me.

    • Roar Guru

      September 12th 2017 @ 9:07am
      Conor said | September 12th 2017 @ 9:07am | ! Report

      Agree with you 100%,

    • Roar Guru

      September 12th 2017 @ 9:18am
      Paul D said | September 12th 2017 @ 9:18am | ! Report

      Great argument and well written. I find myself in total agreement

    • September 12th 2017 @ 9:28am
      Milo said | September 12th 2017 @ 9:28am | ! Report

      Totally agree. A draw is actually a genuine result.

      I was even supportive of the policy pre 2010 when we had three different outcomes depending on when the draw occurred ie nothing during the H&A but two points each; extra time in minor finals and full replay for Grand Final given the importance of the game. Notwithstanding that, the logic of extra time in the GF is hard to argue against.

      • Roar Guru

        September 12th 2017 @ 9:30am
        Paul D said | September 12th 2017 @ 9:30am | ! Report

        Yeah I think the replay was cruel and unusual punishment, it felt an anachronism at the time and I’m glad it’s been retired

        Riewoldt is still that scarred by it he’s crying for draws to be abolished 7 years later

    • September 12th 2017 @ 9:30am
      Knoxy said | September 12th 2017 @ 9:30am | ! Report

      Good article agree completely. The only thing I would add if that personally I don’t think they should use golden point in finals matches either. I think that is a cheap way to determine the winner.

      If the scores are still level after 10 minutes of extra time then they should just play 10 minutes of extra time again. Keep playing extra time until you have a winner.

      • September 12th 2017 @ 10:02am
        Brian said | September 12th 2017 @ 10:02am | ! Report

        Out of interest if the scores are level after the 10 mintues does the siren go and the ball bounced in the middle or is it just play on until someone scores?

        As for draws 100% they should stay.

        • September 12th 2017 @ 10:15am
          Sal said | September 12th 2017 @ 10:15am | ! Report

          Play on until someone scores.

          Don’t know why there is a push to get rid of draws, it’s a legitimate result.