Former Western Bulldogs ruckman Luke Darcy has called on the AFL’s Rules Committee to seriously consider introducing a nine-point goal should a player kick a torpedo from outside 50m.
Darcy’s calls come following the EJ Whitten Legends game last Friday night which saw several former AFL greats, including Jimmy Bartel and Jonathan Brown, launch a number of barrels from outside 50m that sailed through for a goal.
“Did you hear the noise the crowd made when the barrels got in the air, soaring through at post height?” Darcy asked on Channel Seven’s Talking Footy on Monday night.
Darcy went on to say “it would draw defenders outside of the defensive 50”, likening it to the three-point line in basketball.
Fellow panellists Brian Taylor and Tim Watson agreed with Darcy.
“That was fantastic to see and it really got the crowd going, they loved it,” Taylor said, echoing Darcy’s sentiments.
“I think we should do whatever we can to preserve this as a skill of our game and try and introduce it in some way,” Watson added.
“I think it would add a whole great new dimension to our game and bring back a skill that is dying out.