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AFL in 2020: It's not all bad news

There has been a lot of negativity in the media over the 2020 season so far over umpiring, complaining coaches, unfair fixtures, players diving, cheap shots, inconsistent match review decisions, low scores, inaccurate kicking and so on and so forth.

Spot on Spruce.
I doubt many critcs of the umpires have ever taken to the field to officiate a game (at any level).
There are 36 players out there and often within about 1/3 of the ground. No matter how well they position themselves, the umpires are not guaranteed a clear view of every infringement and have to contend with players moving in all directions.
It’s a tough job and there are plenty of couch potatoes (usually with a biased view) who like to think because they have the benefit of multiple slow mo tv replays, the umpires should have made a different decision even though they only had a split second to adjudicate.
In a game of AFL football, there are hundreds of mistakes – made by coaches, players and umpires.
I believe the umpires do a pretty good job considering the challenges thrown at them.

The good, bad and ugly of AFL 2020

I think Dusty is a natural forward who can run in bursts in the midfield whilst Dangerfield a natural midfielder who goes forward often.
I’d like to see their GPS stats as I feel Danger covers more ground.
However, these two are unlikely to match up on one another for much of the game.
On the other hand, the battle between Cotchin and Selwood looks to be a cracker. Both are likely to play in the midfield for the whole game and their paths will cross constantly. They are not as flashy as their team mate but they are more important.

Martin versus Dangerfield may decide the flag

Cameron has been “going” since mid season. You could tell from the way he played.

Jeremy Cameron wants out of the Giants

If this all happens, you’d have to tip your hat to the management of the Geelong Football Club.

Jeremy Cameron wants out of the Giants

For me, it’s the battle of the captains. Probably the two best leaders we’ve seen in the last 10 years and both will have a big influence on the outcome of this game.
Selwood is coming into the game with a finger injury (but we all know it will take more than that to change the way he plays). The Cats can win without a big game from Selwood.
In my view, Cotchin is the most important player for the Tigers – if the Cats can put him off his game it might make the difference.
Dusty and Danger probably have more talent and get the limelight but I always look at the captains – much of what they do doesn’t show up on the stats sheet.

Geelong's recent record against Richmond is poor, so how can they turn it around on Saturday?

Perhaps you need to first understand that this site is run on the smell of an oily rag and relies on people like Les to submit posts. They don’t have a team of highly paid journos with access to the internal machinations of all clubs.
I am not a Collingwood supporter but always read Les’s posts as he is clearly a passionate member and gives great insight to his club.
I also like reading posts on other clubs (there was recently a good one on Port Adelaide).
Feel free to submit your own article on your club.

What's the plan for the future, Collingwood?

I think the big question is “can Collingwood win the flag in 2021?”
If you answer that “No” then you need to start looking for a coach now. At best, Buckley should get until about round 17 or 18 – if the Pies are in contention, he stays until the end of the year. If not then he goes asap.
As I have said before, I think Nathan Buckley will be a better coach at his next club.

What's the plan for the future, Collingwood?

Should be 5 “scoring shots” – he kicked a few out on the full!

Five talking points from the AFL preliminary finals

We can’t blame the umpires – it’s impossible to see everything.
We can’t blame the players – they are out there to win.
We can’t allow boundary and goal umpires to make these calls – we already have 3 field umps.
We can’t change the rules to allow throws – that would destroy our game.
We can’t allow these incidents to be reviewed – this would hold the game up too much.
Throwing is a blight on our game and is getting much worse but how do we fix it?

Dangerfield gets away with a BLATANT throw in goal assist

Would Simmo want to return home? What is his contract situation with WC?
I know we don’t want him to go but he did play over 300 games for them?

Shaw to take extended leave from North Melbourne, may not return

Just a few weeks ago, the premiership favourites were Geelong, Richmond and West Coast. Port weren’t in the conversation and I think it worked for them.
Now they are in a prelim and fancied to beat the reigning premiers – will they play differently? I hope not.

Preliminary final forecast: Port Adelaide vs Richmond

Come on Hub. What’s going on?
No punctuation and the grammar is terrible – you are sounding like a Richmond supporter!
Lift your game!

Preliminary final forecast: Port Adelaide vs Richmond

Good to have some intelligent debate – I think you both have valid points (and I’m not referring to the 12 year old Tiger fan with Dusty in his name).

Preliminary final forecast: Port Adelaide vs Richmond

Love your thoughtful analysis Doc.
However, I think you are being unfair on Hardwick. It’s not his fault the umpires fall for reacting to coaches comments.
A couple of predictions for tonight:
Port to win by 22 points
Port to win the free kick count 18-11
Some Tiger fans throw a tantrum
Hardwick stops short of blaming the umpires but laments the way the game is going.

Preliminary final forecast: Port Adelaide vs Richmond

Love your analysis Doc – your comments are always good reading.
However, I think you are being a bit biased with your views on Hardwick. I think he is a great coach and if any umpires are influenced by his media comments, it’s not his fault. I umpired a lot of footy and if someone made comments like that around me, I’d be especially hard on his team.
So, if it’s a strategy, there’s a fair chance it could backfire.
A couple of predictions:
Port to win the game by 22 points
Port to win the free kick count 18-11
Some Tigers fans (not the astute ones) to whinge about unfair home town umpiring.

Preliminary final forecast: Port Adelaide vs Richmond

Prelim Final weekend is my favourite weekend of football (just a shame my team’s not in it!).
I think Port over Richmond by 22 points. This will be the best of the 2 games as the Adelaide Oval crowd will be feral. Tom Lynch might want to be careful.
Geelong over Brisbane as the Cats take the crowd out of the game with an early blitz and ease to a 5 goal win.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Preliminary finals

Thanks Denam, well written.
Never really liked Port but I wont mind if they end up winning it this year.

Ken Hinkley pulls Port from the canvas and into contention

I get where you are coming from but I think you are in the minority.

What might season 2021 look like?

I agree with your comment on 20 minute quarters but it’s not going to happen.
One of the problems with starting the season earlier is ground availability. The NRL doesn’t have the same problem as they don’t play on cricket grounds.
In a normal season, players can only play a maximum of 22 games anyway so there is no reduction in the number of games for the players. Also, I feel it is reasonable to honour our history – if we allow players to play all 26 games, it wont be long before someone chalks up 500 games without being as legendary as Harvey or Tuck.
Personally, I don’t like mid week games either but again, the reality is it suits the AFL and their sponsors.

What might season 2021 look like?

I think under this plan football tourism will flourish (post Covid). I’m in WA and usually try to get to Victoria once a year but only ever get to see my team play their once. If they had 2 games in 6 days, I suspect a lot of fans would travel for games.

What might season 2021 look like?

I suggest that this will be a way for the AFL to convince AFLPA to agree to a 26 game season.
I also like it because few players actually play every game these days and it gives clubs the chance to plan for a break for their star players without negatively affecting their chances of a Brownlow or a Coleman.

What might season 2021 look like?

I agree with everything you say. Sometime ago AFL changed from a sport to a business. Now the business of AFL is being milked for whatever the elite can get out of it.
My article was not what I want to see but what I expect to see (either 2021 or sometime later).

What might season 2021 look like?

Good thoughts Chris but I don’t think it will work for the reasons pointed out by others already.
I have an article half done which I will post later in the week that addresses the fixturing issues. It wont solve the imbalance but it will even it up a little.
With 18 teams in the comp, we can’t have a completely level playing field where everyone plays each other twice – this would involve 34 games. Conversely, the AFL can’t afford to reduce a normal season to 17 games – that would mean a loss in revenue of millions.
There were some forced experiments in 2020 which might work for future years.
Stay tuned.

Seventeen-five? The way to securing a better 22-round fixture

Maybe “me too” is really Dan Butler? Although I suspect the real Dan Butler has better things to do today.

Score review strikes again as another controversial call gobsmacks commentators

So the field umpire is at fault – he shouldn’t even go to the review until he gets a “soft” call from the goal umpire.
In the end, I think the ARC had no option but to go to umpires call (even though the umpire didn’t make a call).
Frankly, the review system is not working for these situations.

Score review strikes again as another controversial call gobsmacks commentators