The rules in the AFL aren’t perfect and seem to be changing on a game-to-game basis in the past few years.
All 18 AFL coaches met at CEO Gillon Mclachlan’s house after taking place in Neale Daniher’s Big Freeze at the final game of round 12 on Queen’s Birthday.
Chris Fagan provided insight on what was spoken about in the meeting. Scrapping the interchange bench and playing more, shorter games across the season were some of the ideas thrown around.
“I think there’s a genuine concern about the fact that maybe there’s not enough scoring happening in footy, that people want to see more of that,” Fagan told SEN Breakfast on Tuesday morning.
“When you sit around a table like that there are a million and one different ideas about how it can be done.
“Chris Scott and I were talking about an idea about shortening the game somewhat and playing more games, but shortening them, and maybe even looking at the idea of not having interchange but going back to the 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd man so the game opens up a little bit more quite naturally, because the players won’t be able to run as much as they can currently with 80-odd rotations.
“That’s one of the things we talked about, but there’s lots of different ideas … zones and things like that seem a little bit clunky, umpires have to umpire that.
“It will all come out in the course of time, I suppose. Maybe nothing will happen. Maybe it’s too hard.”
Fagan also mentioned they discussed altering the way players are drafted in the league to “more effectively help equalise the competition.”
Fagan was hesitant to completely agree with Johnathon Brown who said the struggling Gold Coast needed special concessions for its list as other clubs wouldn’t be too keen on such an approach.
Nonetheless, Fagan believes Queensland clubs need the help with list management.
“The Queensland market is quite a unique market and it is not an easy place to attract players to come to,” Fagan added.
“Free agency doesn’t necessarily help a Gold Coast Suns or a Brisbane Lions, because players in a sense, a lot of them would rather play in the footy states – South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria.
“I think it would be good for at least the AFL to look at Queensland footy in a slightly different way and provide some help where possible, whether that be through priority picks in the draft or some other way.”