We have been scratching our few remaining hairs, trying to figure out why all the nine rule changes the AFL instituted ahead of the Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership competition, rules intended to open up the game and increase scoring, have instead led to some games where it seems as though the AFL have moved the pipes about a metre apart.
It is hard to find a genuine consensus.
AFL football operations boss Steve Hocking actually claimed that the rule changes are working as planned, making the game more open and less predictable.
We correctly predicted the outcome of seven of the nine games in the last round and we know next to nothing about the game. As for the openness, we have no comment.
Hocking pointed out that coaching tactics are behind the decrease in scoring, not the new rules.
We could exaggerate a bit and say were it not for the new rules, there would have been even more soccer scores this season, but we are told that cynicism is unbecoming.
North Melbourne Coach Brad Scott claimed that the new 6-6-6 rule is behind the Roos’ troubles this season.
Adapt or die, coach.
“Certainly in hindsight if I could go back I’d change the 6-6-6 (rule), because it’s killed North Melbourne, but it’s been good for the game – the game looks better,” Scott said.
Ah, the centre bounce. Lower levels of the game have reduced the number to centre bounces, primarily to speed up the game, but also to protect the referees, who apparently were too often bouncing the Sherrin off the centre of their faces and copping other injuries.
Scott did offer us the useful information that scoring in 2019 has been as low as it has been since over fifty years ago.
Whether you side with Hocking or agree with Scott, this season might be the best ever for punters to avoid the over/under markets.