The AFL is considering a conference style fixture change to better even up the competition.
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Club Cheif Executives met with the AFL today to disucss several radical ideas for future changes to the fixture.
The most likely proposal and the one which AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan appears to be most in favour of, is a so called ’17-5′ model.
Under the new proposal, each club would play each other once up until round 17, before then being split up into three groups; the top six, middle six and bottom six.
From rounds 18 to 22, each team in each conference would then player each other once to finalise the final ladder heading into finals.
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Each conference would play for a different prize.
The top six sides would play each other to fight it out for a double chance in the top four and the minor premiership.
The middle six would compete for spots seven and eight on the ladder and the bottom six would compete for the draft order.
However, there are some problems that may arise with the proposed new model. There will most likely less blockbuster matches each year, such as the Showdown and the Western Derby.
The fairy tale story of Richmond winning nine games in a row to make the finals last season, may not be possible under the new proposal, with the Tigers only marginally making the middle six on percentage, would the idea have been in place year.
The conference style should stop any allegations of tanking, as teams will play off for draft picks, with a team finishing as high as 13th, a chance to get the number one draft pick.
The idea is still in the early stages, and whether it goes ahead or not remains to be seen. But it will certainly create plenty of discussion.
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