By Peter Stewart
The AFL fixture has been doing my head in for a while now and I’m sure what I’m about to suggest has already been done but I haven’t seen it out there yet. The current draw is unfair and when the situation arises like it has in the last couple of seasons where teams can play each other twice before they play another side once is criminal.
So to try and even it up let every team play each other once which gets us to round 18. So far so good! All the various titled games eg Anzac Day, Indigenous round, rivalry round etc can happen as normal. After round 18 is completed, the ladder positions are locked in from 1-18 and split into 3 divisions. Pos 1-6, 7-12 and 13-18. Getting a little bit complicated.
Within these 3 divisions they play each other once which provides 5 more games which gives us 22 games and 1 bye for a 23 round season.
The catch is the teams that finish in the top 6 play for 4 premiership points which are added on to their existing tally, the middle 6 teams play for 3 premiership points and the bottom 6 play for 2. Halve those amounts for a draw.
There will be issues with not having the draw for the final 5 games till very late in the season but I would imagine all sides should still be able to get their normal amount of home games.
The side that wins the flag will have only played a bottom 6 side once throughout the season and will probably have to play a top 4 side 4 times to win the grail.
Now you are closer to the action than a boy from the Cobram Tigers and you will poke holes in this which I haven’t even considered but all I’m manufacturing is a normal season of 18 rounds, where everyone plays each other once. From those 18 games you create your own seedings and then you play those teams closest to you on the ladder which will influence your final standings.
What do you think?