New Trial Rules 2018

Written by Schwarzwalder on July 27 2018

By now you’ve probably heard the AFL’s proposal to trial some new rules and changes DURING the remainder of the 2018 season.  What do you think of the proposal?  Happy to watch?  Keen to see the new rules?  Or is it a colossal waste of time?  Is it going to affect Supercoach Finals?  What do you make of it all, Coaches?

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16 thoughts on “New Trial Rules 2018”

  1. I feel it’s an embarrassment. Melbourne get fined for allegedly tanking a few years back and then myopic Gil and his calm come up with this?!
    It is disrespectful to the lower-positioned sides and their supporters to be treated as guinea pigs during the ACTUAL home and away season. Further, it makes a mockery of draft pick entitlements given we don’t know how it will play out/effect the results of those teams involved.
    More generally, I think outsiders will be looking in and going WHAT THE FU3K!? While other codes may be rubbing their little hands together.
    It stinks of short-termism and amateurism. We need a wiser, considered head at the helm in AFL house.

    Rant over.

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  2. I reckon we just play 16 on the field with 6 interchange and leave the rest the way it is
    (except the stupid ruck nom). Surely that would open it up a bit.

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  3. Rookies in the bottom 8 who are in teams with no chance of making it into finals have typically been given their chance to get experience in the AFL at this time. I think it’s a bad move from the AFL and will potentially knee-cap underperforming teams by not letting them give new players a go.

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  4. Just leave the bloody game alone. It is the best it has ever been. In the last two years the top eight came down to the wire. And the last two Premiers were fairytales

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  5. I think, legally, it could be classified as tampering, rigging, etc. How many people have already layed bets that could be effected by the change of rules, (Brownlow etc.) Thoughts please………

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  6. Only one trial required, stick someone else into Gil’s job to trial his position until the end of the season!

    This guy is becoming a dictator to a degree, could be gone from the game in 3-5 years, these BS decisions / changes could seriously last for 20/30 + years!

    Scrap the 3rd man up & protection zone rules, introduced 10 interchange each quarter for each team & leave the game alone for a while!

    Cheers Catta

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  7. I think it would cause all kinds of problems, particularly with regards to the Coleman and Brownlow counts, as well as SuperCoach, but as a staunch opponent of all rule changes, I can actually see a silver lining in this: it gives the new rules a chance to fail. If the games featuring the new rules turn out to be ugly, it might force the AFL to back off.

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  8. Can’t change rules that dont include every team for all the reasons mentioned above. Going forward, drop the ruck nomination, but still only one ruck per team. 666 for all centre bounces…this will still allow tactics…a coach can still have 7 defs in a tight last qtr, but he has to give up something elsewhere on the ground. Get rid of the ten metre rule..if a player is inhibiting the man with the ball taking his kick/handball…then pay 50 metres.

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  9. most of the rule changes have been unnecessary in my opinion , except for the head high hip & shoulder ( that one needed to come in )
    I personally didn’t care about the weaker teams playing the boundary line if they had a good ruckman or rushing behinds if they had a competitive defense ,
    never saw an issue with the interchange numbers & the congestion has always been there so what’s the big deal about that ,
    then there’s the 2 up ruck & the 10 m rules ,
    the only ones that seem to have a problem with the game over the past decade is the media , we need this change , we need that change , most of them carry on about the state of the game because they need something to talk about , to justify their positions in the industry ,
    1 trick is to target the supporters of under performing teams with well worded articles to create mountains out of mole hills & a little controversy ,
    don’t know why the AFL have been jumping on the changes like a dog in heat , but perhaps there are too many people looking to justify their positions in the AFL as well ,
    that’s just my opinion …

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  10. My only rule change is this. All proposed rule changes must be trialled in the AFL preseason and for an entire season of a lower level competition the year before they are implemented in the AFL e.g. rule changes for 2020 need to be trialled in 2019. This will get rid of reactionary rule changes and allow them to be assessed properly.

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  11. perhaps if the AFL had thought about the fans & used some of the TV rights $$ to 1/2 the cost of entry & parking fees @ the grounds instead of giving a bucket load of cash to already very well paid players , more games would be selling out & they wouldn’t be looking @ ways to increase the numbers through these rule changes , 1/2 price entry & parking would even get me to games not involving my team ..

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