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    The doomsayers have been out in force in the last month critiquing the look and standard of the AFL.

    As is often the case, a few comments from ex-players about how their modern counterparts were turning the ball over exploded into a wave of public furore, with fans more outraged by an inability to hit the 45-degree kick into the corridor than the royal commission into the banks.

    In fairness, I did watch the Good Friday clash between North Melbourne and St Kilda, and it was deplorable. Missed handballs from two metres, unpressured foot passes sprayed and some truly shocking set shots on goal in perfectly fine conditions.

    However, this was a match played between two of the lesser skilled sides in the competition that are crying out for polish; think back to last year when the Saints and the Kangaroos were leading the charge for a then uncontracted Josh Kelly.

    However, the idea that the league is filled with players who couldn’t hit a barn door from 30 metres is simply false. Are there more athletes in the system who are still learning the game than in the past? Of course there are. Is there still a place for the traditional footballer? The answer is the same.

    The reality is that the physical capabilities of teams to apply pressure all over the ground has never been more pronounced, and one need only look at Richmond: the likes of Kamdyn McIntosh, Nathan Broad, Dylan Grimes and Jacob Townsend may not be stars, but when you see the way sides wilt against the Tigers, be it in the first 10 minutes or late in the final quarter, it becomes clear that almost all players will cough the footy up under intense scrutiny.

    Jacob Townsend Richmond Tigers AFL Grand Final 2017

    (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

    Yet Round 8 provided a great example of why the AFL is going along just fine. Friday night football is the showcase game of most home-and-away rounds, and Sydney’s narrow win over Hawthorn was a contest of the highest order. Seven goals and the sealer from pint-sized third-gamer Ben Ronke in the absence of Buddy Franklin, another excellent yet controversial performance from James Sicily, a polarising report of Luke Parker, and all in bitterly cold and slippery conditions. Pure theatre.

    Bob Murphy pre-emptively called it the game of the round on Saturday morning, but he was wrong. There was talk early in the week that the showdown had lost some significance, but this couldn’t be further from the truth based on Saturday night’s game, a frenetic affair that featured nearly 100 points each. Players were at each other before the first bounce, and though Port Adelaide led late in the fourth quarter, built on a superhuman five-goal third term from Power magician Robbie Gray, there were a couple of twists to come.

    When the margin was swallowed up by a booming captain’s goal from Tex Walker and yet another example of Mitch McGovern’s uncanny ability to step up in clutch moments, it looked like the Crows had stolen the four points. Yet it was Steven Motlop, so often maligned for lacking impact but perennially capable of kicking the matchwinner, who once again popped up at the right moment to steal victory for his new club.

    These were the two standout games of the round, but there was plenty more to celebrate: Charlie Curnow continuing his ascension to one of the best young players in the game and leading Carlton to its first win of the season with a clutch third quarter, Nat Fyfe recapturing his Brownlow form for the third time in four weeks and Ben Jacobs proving that caging Dustin Martin is possible.

    Geelong’s holy trinity of Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood and Gary Ablett played in their first victory together; Dayne Zorko, averaging 15 disposals up until last weekend, booted four goals for the second time in a fortnight; and West Coast, tipped by some pundits to claim the wooden spoon, knocked off GWS at Spotless Stadium withou Jeremy McGovern, Luke Shuey and Nick Naitanui to go two games clear in second place with a top-of-the-table clash beckoning this Sunday against the reigning premiers.

    Sure, there are issues with the AFL, and there always will be, but the next time you see a poor-standard match or, God forbid, a turnover in the middle of the ground, take a deep breath and rest assured that footy is travelling just fine.

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    • May 17th 2018 @ 6:26am
      Chris said | May 17th 2018 @ 6:26am | ! Report

      Blowing your own trumpet, I dare say. The state of the game is appalling and the sooner they get rid of the dead wood the better. Footscray, North, St. Kilda and Gold Coast are a waste of space. It is quite a poor spectacle and bears no resemblance to the game of the late sixties seventies, eighties and nineties. Nor does it rate anywhere near the game of the early Millenium years. Getting excited about teams scoring one or two goals in a half of football is nothing short of absurd, narrow-minded and out and out pathetic. I doubt if there have been more games with lower half-time scores in matches since the early sixties… Don’t persist with an argument that is flawed…We are not amused…

      • May 17th 2018 @ 7:43am
        I ate pies said | May 17th 2018 @ 7:43am | ! Report

        Footscray are going alright. GWS is the other team that needs to go – they struggle to get 5,000 people to a game. They are completely irrelevant.

        • May 17th 2018 @ 10:36am
          Christo the Daddyo said | May 17th 2018 @ 10:36am | ! Report

          The Swans were a basket case for a while, and look how they’re going now. Just need patience with GWS. It’s a 20+ year project.

          • May 18th 2018 @ 9:06am
            I ate pies said | May 18th 2018 @ 9:06am | ! Report

            It’s a 20+ year waste of money that could be spent in the heartland. It also dilutes the standard of the competition.

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        May 17th 2018 @ 7:47am
        Cat said | May 17th 2018 @ 7:47am | ! Report

        The fact that it bears no resemblance to those decades is a good thing.

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        May 17th 2018 @ 8:06am
        Peter the Scribe said | May 17th 2018 @ 8:06am | ! Report

        I remember clearly having the Cats as my second team in the Gary Ablett senior years, especially 1989, I’d go watch them play as a Pies fan just to enjoy their footy. Ablett, Brownless, Couch, Bairstow, blimey they were great to watch. Nowadays even that side would be kicking 12 goals most of the time.

      • May 17th 2018 @ 8:23am
        truetigerfan said | May 17th 2018 @ 8:23am | ! Report

        As I’ve said to you previously . . . Don’t bother watching then. Your negativity is akin to Sad Sack seeing the sun rise and complaining about sore eyes. Great, positive article, Patrick. Pay no respect to the negative know alls.

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          May 17th 2018 @ 9:36am
          Peter the Scribe said | May 17th 2018 @ 9:36am | ! Report

          You keep complaining truetiger yet keep following me around hanging on every comment I make. Go figure. Cue your other persona Hungry Jack to come back?

          • May 17th 2018 @ 10:38am
            truetigerfan said | May 17th 2018 @ 10:38am | ! Report

            Wasn’t replying to you, dude. In fact, your comment wasn’t even up yet. How important do you think you are? Peter/Brayden/the Horse/the Fisherman/etc. Strangely it’s only you and HTH who accuse me of posting under different names! Coincidence?

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              May 17th 2018 @ 10:07pm
              Peter the Scribe said | May 17th 2018 @ 10:07pm | ! Report

              Oh wow truetiger yes I am clearly HTH and all those others, in fact I log in here to have chats with myself. You are a very perceptive man.

      • May 17th 2018 @ 8:25am
        Reservoir Animal said | May 17th 2018 @ 8:25am | ! Report

        So Chris, how do you plan on kicking these clubs out of the comp? Are you ready for years of court battles and hundreds of thousands of fans being lost to the game forever?

        • May 17th 2018 @ 8:56am
          Mattyb said | May 17th 2018 @ 8:56am | ! Report

          Why would there be court battles?
          If the AFL stop handing out money to the poorer clubs and distribute league funds evenly or give more to the clubs that offer the most to the competition not the least the poorer clubs will die a natural death.
          The league shouldn’t just pick sides and kick out who they like,but if clubs can’t just naturally survive on their own two feet they will naturally need to be disbanded.
          If a club cant naturally survive financially no court will save them,if your broke your broke.

          • May 17th 2018 @ 9:24am
            Liam said | May 17th 2018 @ 9:24am | ! Report

            Your doggies wouldn’t have gotten out of the 90’s alive then, were that the policy mate!

        • May 17th 2018 @ 9:12am
          BigAl said | May 17th 2018 @ 9:12am | ! Report

          Chris is just . . . blowing a trumpet…!

          I wonder if he has seen footage from some of those …wonder years he mentions ? – thuggery and ploderry were big then.

          A big reason scores are lower now is that tactics have hugely evolved – games are no longer just end to end blastathons !

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            May 17th 2018 @ 9:22am
            JamesH said | May 17th 2018 @ 9:22am | ! Report

            Don’t forget that players had far less aerobic fitness back then too!

            Maybe the AFL could introduce rules to limit the amount of endurance training players are allowed to do during the season, or require them to eat at least a certain weight of saturated fats per week? Plus compulsory six packs of tinnies after games. That might slow those pesky athletes down and make them stick to their positions!

            • May 17th 2018 @ 9:54am
              I ate pies said | May 17th 2018 @ 9:54am | ! Report

              Players didn’t come off for a rest every 10 minutes then either. Midfielders of those days would keep up with the midfielders of today if they had to play a full game.

            • May 17th 2018 @ 10:38am
              Ironmonger said | May 17th 2018 @ 10:38am | ! Report

              yeah – I think that introducing a limit on the bench (like rugby/rugby league). I was thinking that we only allow interchange at stoppages (like basketball), but that would slow down stoppages.

              Maybe, limit interchange (say 10 for the game), can only go on or off at stoppages, but have multiple places to enter/exit the ground (goal posts, and wings).

              That would open the game up…(and make the old truism true again…as the game wears on, big guys don’t get shorter but fast guys get slower…)

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                May 17th 2018 @ 11:06am
                Dalgety Carrington said | May 17th 2018 @ 11:06am | ! Report

                Fatigue is a sledgehammer approach to creating a more attractive game. Primarily there’s zero guarantee it will fix the “problem”.

                You’d also find that footy departments would target overcoming fatigue, rather than give up on the rolled gold competitive advantage of getting numbers to the contest.

                The negative side effects of leveraging fatigue includ the negative impact on skills, impaired decision making, amplified impact of 6-day-breaks, travelling and bye disparities to name a few.

              • May 17th 2018 @ 12:18pm
                Aligee said | May 17th 2018 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

                Fatigue has always been a factor in opening games up – reduce I/C

              • May 17th 2018 @ 11:52am
                Birdman said | May 17th 2018 @ 11:52am | ! Report

                agree – tired players will get injured

              • May 17th 2018 @ 12:20pm
                Aligee said | May 17th 2018 @ 12:20pm | ! Report

                As it is everyone paces themselves to make sure they are not to fatigued, the same rule will apply with reduced I/C

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                May 17th 2018 @ 12:47pm
                Dalgety Carrington said | May 17th 2018 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

                Think about the logic. The ultimate aim is to make the game more attractive an d you’re going to massively increase fatigue to do that?

                Ultimately, given the upside to numbers at the contest, coaches will sacrifice lots of other things to achieve that anyway.

              • May 17th 2018 @ 1:10pm
                Aligee said | May 17th 2018 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

                No, imo logic dictates teams will pace themselves accordingly as they do ATM.

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                May 17th 2018 @ 1:19pm
                Cat said | May 17th 2018 @ 1:19pm | ! Report

                Logic dictates that if lowering I/C results is less stoppages and we’ve already lowered I/C that stoppages should already be falling. They aren’t. Your ‘logic’ is illogical.

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                May 17th 2018 @ 1:32pm
                Dalgety Carrington said | May 17th 2018 @ 1:32pm | ! Report

                Yeah, coz footy clubs have always said “we’d much rather pace ourselves, than push the limits to get a competitive advantage”.

              • May 17th 2018 @ 5:12pm
                Aligee said | May 17th 2018 @ 5:12pm | ! Report

                The limit is always pushed no matter, clubs pace themselves at the limit ATM according to the rules, if the rules change they will pace themselves accordingly.

                That is logical.

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                May 17th 2018 @ 9:21pm
                Dalgety Carrington said | May 17th 2018 @ 9:21pm | ! Report

                So are you saying they’ll be more concerned by the aesthetics than winning?

              • May 18th 2018 @ 9:04am
                Aligee said | May 18th 2018 @ 9:04am | ! Report

                @DG, I said nothing of the sort about aesthetics, studies by professionals not internet posters say reducing I/C numbers will reduce congestion and injuries, that is not me making it up but a study over years and years.

                Kevin Norton is the man , a professor at Uni of Adelaide.

                Google him and his studies relating to I/C, injuries, fatigue and related studies.

                He has been researching this over many years.

            • May 18th 2018 @ 7:26am
              PeteB said | May 18th 2018 @ 7:26am | ! Report

              Reduce the number of players on the ground to reduce congestion.

      • May 17th 2018 @ 9:46am
        Tom M said | May 17th 2018 @ 9:46am | ! Report

        You really are a nuffie Chirs. People forget so much about football in the past. There were deplorable games back then just as their are now, just look at the games played in the middle of winter on the mud piles that the ovals used to be. They were shocking.

        • May 17th 2018 @ 11:54am
          Birdman said | May 17th 2018 @ 11:54am | ! Report

          Tom M, lucky we don’t play on mud piles anymore, yeah?

      • May 17th 2018 @ 10:37am
        Christo the Daddyo said | May 17th 2018 @ 10:37am | ! Report

        So your analysis of the state of the game is ‘more goals the better’…

        Geez…

      • May 17th 2018 @ 12:41pm
        Kevo said | May 17th 2018 @ 12:41pm | ! Report

        Let’s see 60’s was the VFL, 70’s was the VFL, 80’s was mostly VFL or are you including then WAFL and SANFL too? WAFL always seemed to be more fast paced and maybe higher scoring, then SANFL and then VFL but which was the best to watch? Of course the VFL pinched the best players. But in that era the best games were often the state of origin games not the home and away games. 90’s saw the start of the introduction of more athletes as opposed to natural footballers and more defensive football and some flooding which was going to ruin football, early 2000’s was the start of the mega flood and even more defensive football which was complained about as going to ruin football (see 2 Swans/West Coast grand finals) and you’ve obviously not enjoyed much of the footy since.
        Oh and the dead wood – let’s see North are doing alright, Footscray play in the VFL and were 2016 premiers but if you meant the Western Bulldogs they were premiers less than 2 years ago – which unless you are Richmond supporter is more recently than your team, the Saints were unlucky not to grab a couple of flags in the last decade or so and GCS were not set up to succeed by the AFL in the first place – Paul D ‘s recent article is very inciteful about that.
        There have always been low scoring games – some due to the poor weather or ground conditions but also defensive tactics- even in the 70’s and 80’s.
        Personally I’ve enjoyed footy right throughout especially watching the changing tactics when you go and watch a game from high up behind the goals it’s sometimes like a game of chess, wizards chess anyway, the pressure of the players just forcing the ball to move in their forward direction, the protective zone which forces a team back under siege in their defensive 50, watching a team try to pick its way through a mega flood.
        Is it as great a spectacle – on TV maybe not in terms of the numbers of high marks and goals scored but the goals can still be spectacular, the marks too and the spectacle of the speed at which players collide with each other is greater than its ever been
        Has it changed – absolutely yes. For better or worse – that’s in the eye of the beholder and probably how well your team is doing at the time.

      • May 17th 2018 @ 1:07pm
        Macca said | May 17th 2018 @ 1:07pm | ! Report

        “It is quite a poor spectacle and bears no resemblance to the game of the late sixties” They had a replay of the 68 grand final on before the Carlton Essendon game at the MCG on the weekend – if you seriously think that game was of better standard than anything dished up so far this year nostalgia is getting the better of you.

        • May 17th 2018 @ 4:00pm
          Birdman said | May 17th 2018 @ 4:00pm | ! Report

          yep but the 1989 granny is def. worth another look if you haven’t see it in a while.

      • May 17th 2018 @ 6:12pm
        Ross said | May 17th 2018 @ 6:12pm | ! Report

        Today’s game makes the kick to kick fest of the past look fairly ordinary to say the least. Speed, fitness, endurance and skill of todays game is far superior. Todays players have far more rounded games as far as tactics, defence and attack goes. I prefer a close hard fought low scoring game over the 40 goal zero defence efforts of yester year. Would love to see a a GPS comparison from then to now.

    • May 17th 2018 @ 7:19am
      Rod said | May 17th 2018 @ 7:19am | ! Report

      Just get players away from the ball. It’s awful.

      • May 18th 2018 @ 9:02am
        Kangajets said | May 18th 2018 @ 9:02am | ! Report

        Agree

        The congestion at the ball is terrible

    • May 17th 2018 @ 7:42am
      I ate pies said | May 17th 2018 @ 7:42am | ! Report

      This article conveniently ignores the tactics of the game, which is what everyone is complaining about. It’s a nothing article that doesn’t even address the problem, let alone provide a solution.

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        May 17th 2018 @ 1:29pm
        JamesH said | May 17th 2018 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

        It doesn’t address ‘the problem’ because the premise of the article is that there isn’t a problem. Offering a solution in that context wouldn’t make much sense.

        • May 17th 2018 @ 6:28pm
          Ross said | May 17th 2018 @ 6:28pm | ! Report

          You should do stand up. Still laughing …. hilarious….

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      May 17th 2018 @ 7:56am
      Cat said | May 17th 2018 @ 7:56am | ! Report

      ICYMI:

      From Friday night, field umpires will restart play when ready in order to keep the game moving, while in another change, boundary umpires will now throw the ball in after one look to gauge the correct direction unless directed by a field umpire to wait.

      “From round nine onwards, the field umpires will no longer tell players, ‘I am backing out this way’. Instead, they will identify the designated rucks and then throw the ball up,” the memo said.

      In regard to throw-ins, the memo stated: “Boundary umpires will be instructed to look once to ascertain the direction they need to throw the ball in (towards the centre of the ground) and then throw the ball back in.”

      “The only time that the boundary umpire will wait for a longer period of time will be when they are asked to wait longer by the field umpire.”

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        May 17th 2018 @ 9:13am
        JamesH said | May 17th 2018 @ 9:13am | ! Report

        Good to hear. I wish they would scrap the schoolyard-style nomination altogether but it’s a start.

        • May 17th 2018 @ 9:27am
          Birdman said | May 17th 2018 @ 9:27am | ! Report

          hear hear

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          May 17th 2018 @ 1:26pm
          Cat said | May 17th 2018 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

          If you scrap nomination how do you enforce the Laws of the game as they are currently written?

          15.5 FREE KICKS – RELATING TO RUCKS
          Each Team must have no more than one Ruck to contest any bounce, throw up or boundary throw in.
          A field Umpire shall award a Free Kick against a Player where the Player:
          (a) who is not a designated Ruck contests a throw up or boundary throw in;
          (b) unduly pushes, bumps, holds or blocks an opposition Player who is the Ruck contesting a bounce or throw up by a field Umpire or throw in by a boundary Umpire; or
          (c) who is contesting the football as the Ruck at any bounce, throw up or boundary throw in makes contact with the opposition Ruck prior
          to the football leaving the field or boundary Umpire’s hand.

          (a) would have to be ignored or by law whomever touched the ball first would give away a free kick every single time (no nomination means no designated ruck)
          (b) would be impossible to enforce because the umpires would not know who is contested, someone who got bumped could claim they were going to contest but couldn’t. It would be an absolute mess.
          (c) How would the umpires know who can make contact with who if they don’t know who is contesting? Again an absolute mess.

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            May 17th 2018 @ 1:31pm
            JamesH said | May 17th 2018 @ 1:31pm | ! Report

            ‘Currently written’ is the problem though, Cat.

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              May 17th 2018 @ 3:10pm
              Cat said | May 17th 2018 @ 3:10pm | ! Report

              But the same people wanting to scrap nominations are the same lot that complain the AFL won’t stop changing the rules and are too prone to knee jerk reactions. How much more knee jerk can you get than rewriting a chunk of the rule book midseason?

              • May 18th 2018 @ 9:15am
                I ate pies said | May 18th 2018 @ 9:15am | ! Report

                Or rewriting a rule that hasn’t changed for 150 years because you don’t like the “look” of third man up.

      • May 17th 2018 @ 9:56am
        I ate pies said | May 17th 2018 @ 9:56am | ! Report

        That’s a start. I think it was Brian Taylor who picked that up, so good on him.
        The next this is to get rid of the ruck nomination and just throw the ball up. The ruck nomination is completely unnecessary anyway. Then they won’t have to wait at all.

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          May 17th 2018 @ 10:09am
          AdelaideDocker said | May 17th 2018 @ 10:09am | ! Report

          Yeah, I think it was BT during a Friday night game recently that picked up on it.

          I also don’t like the ruck nomination. That was only introduced recently-ish, yeah?

          • May 17th 2018 @ 12:18pm
            I ate pies said | May 17th 2018 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

            Last year, because the AFL decided, for some unknown reason, that no third man up was allowed any more, after 150 years of football. And rather than making the umpires count to two they gave them another lever to pull to manipulate the game and give soft free kicks even though they didn’t get an unfair advantage and the opposition weren’t actually hindered which is the whole point of umpiring; to ensure a fair contest…geez that was a long sentence.

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              May 17th 2018 @ 12:24pm
              AdelaideDocker said | May 17th 2018 @ 12:24pm | ! Report

              Ugh. Yup. I’d be more than fine with them ridding the sport of that rule.

              Also …. 57 word sentence. Impressive.

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                May 17th 2018 @ 1:55pm
                Dalgety Carrington said | May 17th 2018 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

                The third man up was increasingly being used as a standard tactic leading up to that point though and did come with problems. Like players entering the ruck contest from all angles, decoy rucking etc, ending up in a farcical report of Sandilands for protecting his ruck space from a clutz trying to enter the contest from behind him.

              • May 17th 2018 @ 5:31pm
                Maggie said | May 17th 2018 @ 5:31pm | ! Report

                One of those problems being a broken jaw for Kurt Tippett from the knee of the GWS third man up in the 2016 qualifying final.

              • May 18th 2018 @ 9:19am
                I ate pies said | May 18th 2018 @ 9:19am | ! Report

                Those are just footballing incidents. Neither of them warrant a change in the rules.

      • May 17th 2018 @ 12:34pm
        Slane said | May 17th 2018 @ 12:34pm | ! Report

        It won’t make a lick of difference. Brian Taylor started whinging about how long it took for the umpire to throw the ball up and so everybody started paying attention and had their biases confirmed. People have been complsining about congestion for decades before we had ruck-nominations.

        • May 18th 2018 @ 9:20am
          I ate pies said | May 18th 2018 @ 9:20am | ! Report

          Decades? Maybe one decade. It’ll stop so many players getting to the ruck contest. Of course it’d make a difference.

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      May 17th 2018 @ 8:01am
      Peter the Scribe said | May 17th 2018 @ 8:01am | ! Report

      I don’t think the author watched the deplorable Geelong v Collingwood game. Mass numbers clogging the footy up the wings of the G leaving most of the sacred ground unused. Cats out scrapped us in a pitiful display of modern footy.

      • May 17th 2018 @ 9:36am
        Birdman said | May 17th 2018 @ 9:36am | ! Report

        Look, things aren’t as bad as some suggest but to have two excellent games out of nine also suggests things aren’t as rosy as this author suggests.

        I’m prepared to see how the officials restarting the game quicker and monitoring blocking more contribute to an improvement over the coming weeks.

        It seems, to me at least, that the head high issue has improved since it was made a focus early in the year.

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          May 17th 2018 @ 9:40am
          Peter the Scribe said | May 17th 2018 @ 9:40am | ! Report

          I tell you Bird the game is headed for a 15 mids per team side with maybe one ruck, one key back, one key forward. Look at the Pies, besides Dunn we don’t really even need a key back any more as the game demands intercept mobile defenders. Maybe it will suit the Pies if they don’t change the laws as we have over 20 mids on our list already.

          • May 17th 2018 @ 12:07pm
            truetigerfan said | May 17th 2018 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

            Knee jerk reaction. AFLX on a larger field. Would become even more a game of ‘keepings off’. Your 20 mids claim is laughable! 15 a side will never, ever happen!

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          May 17th 2018 @ 9:50am
          Cat said | May 17th 2018 @ 9:50am | ! Report

          Apparently you can knee blokes in the head all you want though so it isn’t that sacrosanct after all.

      • May 17th 2018 @ 9:51am
        Tom M said | May 17th 2018 @ 9:51am | ! Report

        Peter you can attribute that solely to the way Geelong are choosing to play. They turned the Friday game against gws into a similar scrap. But its working for them so good on them, they are paid to win games not please opposition supporters. Soon you will see a team figure out how to beat Geelong’s plan and the game will evolve again.

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          May 17th 2018 @ 9:57am
          Peter the Scribe said | May 17th 2018 @ 9:57am | ! Report

          I’ve said before Tom I would have taken the ugliest pies footy anyone has ever seen just to get the 4 points against the Cats. I don’t blame them or Scott for doing so. They are better equipped to do it than the Pies or GWS (with all the missing senior players) for example because of their bigger bodies so good luck to them. Coaches will do whatever it takes to win as they should. It’s up to the law makers to sort out this mess in the off season not on the fly now.

        • May 17th 2018 @ 11:36am
          truetigerfan said | May 17th 2018 @ 11:36am | ! Report

          Soon you’ll see Geelong field their best 22, or close to it, so it won’t matter if teams have worked out what they are currently doing. Their game plan will change as players come back! Plans change out of necessity sometimes, good on ’em. Scott’s earning his pay packet.

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            May 17th 2018 @ 12:50pm
            Cat said | May 17th 2018 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

            Good coaches design game plans that will work with the players at their disposal. Bad ones complain about what they don’t have available.

            Geelong always knew they would struggle to score with most of their first choice forward line sitting in the stands. There was no chance they could win a shoot out so make it a low scoring game.

            Whats even more impressive is Geelong has found a way to hold opposition scoring low while fielding one of the most inexperienced backlines in the comp.

        • May 17th 2018 @ 12:38pm
          DB said | May 17th 2018 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

          I agree that Geelong are playing some very unattractive footy. But it was only 10 years ago that Geelong saved the game from the contested mess that was developing in the mid 00’s to produce what I believe to be the most spectacular footy of the modern era.

      • May 17th 2018 @ 10:05am
        Rod said | May 17th 2018 @ 10:05am | ! Report

        Agreed.

    • May 17th 2018 @ 9:48am
      Harsh Truth Harry said | May 17th 2018 @ 9:48am | ! Report

      The Bombers would have won 3-4 flags with the Woosha game plan but for the extreme flooding ruining our game. Gilligan Mclachlan wil go down in history as the CEO who allowed footy to be destroyed. Too busy having cosy smashed avo with Clarko to fix the game Gilligan?!

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        May 17th 2018 @ 9:56am
        Stirling Coates said | May 17th 2018 @ 9:56am | ! Report

        So, you’re saying the only thing stopping Essendon from winning flags is the fact their coach’s gameplan is incompatible with the modern game?

        • Roar Guru

          May 17th 2018 @ 12:52pm
          Cat said | May 17th 2018 @ 12:52pm | ! Report

          Well said and spot on.

      • Roar Guru

        May 17th 2018 @ 10:11am
        AdelaideDocker said | May 17th 2018 @ 10:11am | ! Report

        This is his third season coaching Essendon, so if he’d won four flags in three years I’d have been impressed 😉

      • May 17th 2018 @ 10:39am
        truetigerfan said | May 17th 2018 @ 10:39am | ! Report

        Wow, Petie! Give it up, man.

      • May 17th 2018 @ 10:44am
        Christo the Daddyo said | May 17th 2018 @ 10:44am | ! Report

        The classic ‘angry man shouting at clouds’ post…

        Cliche-ridden – “extreme flooding”, “smashed avo”
        Personal insults: Referring to the AFL CEO as ‘Gilligan”
        Getting facts wrong: expecting Essendon to “3-4 flags” under Worsfold despite him only being in his third year as coach

      • May 17th 2018 @ 1:10pm
        Chris said | May 17th 2018 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

        Starting to pan out like Gilligan’s Island! Shambles….

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