Preview AFL Reboot 2020 - football to resume June 11

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King Corey

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I have dragged out the replays of the North Ballarat 2008-2010 threepeat.

Things are starting to get desperate now.

If you want to really live on the edge, watch the recently discussed 2015 EF and enjoy the 3 hour thrill of beating Richmond in front of their rabid fanbase.

Then soak up the 5 year comedown when you remember what has happened since.
 

Snake_Baker

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If you want to really live on the edge, watch the recently discussed 2015 EF and enjoy the 3 hour thrill of beating Richmond in front of their rabid fanbase.

Then soak up the 5 year comedown when you remember what has happened since.
IMO, our best 22 side from 2016 would have won the 2016, 2017 AND 2019 premierships.

Luck & timing are everything.
 

Asifhe Givashe

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IMO, our best 22 side from 2016 would have won the 2016, 2017 AND 2019 premierships.

Luck & timing are everything.
I think we would have won the grand final, but our cowardice in big moments and lack of pace and class wouldn’t have allowed us to make top 4 and get home finals.

I’m with you though, if we can make the big dance, we have every chance of knocking off a Richmond or Collingwood on the ‘G with our set up.

West Coast imo would be tougher.

I would kill for a prelim against Geelong at the G.
 

the big lebowski

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Here are the advantages I see us having for he year ahead

1- even draw for all
2- potential vic hub
3- no crowds at games
4- marvel still somewhat of an advantage
5- mature list with proven finals players
6- pretty good injury wise and delayed start has helped a few.
7- round 1 win (omg)

I’m not saying we will win the flag, but the potential surprise it would be is diminished given the points above. Anything can happen this year and I hope all the players feel it. Season 2020 could very well see a lucky side win it (well all premiers are lucky, but this year maybe more than most).
 

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AFL restart plans in chaos after South Australian health chiefs reject request and extend contact training ban
Michael Warner and Jay Clark
Herald Sun (Via The West Australian)
Thursday, 14 May 2020



The AFL’s hopes of restarting the season on June 11 have taken a massive hit. South Australian health chiefs have rejected a proposal in a letter to AFL HQ.

SA health chiefs on Wednesday night rejected a request to give Adelaide and Port Adelaide players special quarantine exemptions to fly in and out of the state for matches.
It is the second time in two days South Australia has knocked back the AFL’s proposed protocols.

“On public health advice, the committee has resolved that any economic and social benefits to be gained by allowing modification or exemptions to SA quarantine requirements for AFL players and staff were not outweighed by the public health risk,” an SA government committee said in a letter to league boss Gillon McLachlan.
The ruling means the Crows and the Power will be forced to relocate along with West Coast and Fremantle to the eastern seaboard to allow the season to restart.
Port Adelaide president David Koch said the preference for his club would be to base themselves out of Queensland. He also said he was disappointed with the decision from the state government.

In another massive blow, the SA committee has also banned the two SA teams from contact training, and from training in groups larger than 10, until Monday, June 8.
SA Premier Steven Marshall said repeatedly this week that he supported a fly in, fly out arrangement for the two Adelaide clubs. Both clubs and the AFL were on Wednesday night stunned by the decision.
“We acknowledge that for the AFL to recommence fixtures on its preferred timeframe this may require players and staff to travel to an alternate location for the medium term,” the committee’s letter said.
The AFL had hoped to get all 18 clubs back on the training track on Monday which now cannot happen unless the four clubs immediately relocate.
The Eagles and Dockers are leaning towards setting up camp for at least the first part of the season on the Gold Coast.
The move to Queensland would lessen the disadvantage for the WA teams against Melbourne rivals and also make the most of the warmer weather and recreational facilities.
Koch had been supremely confident South Australian authorities would relent and allow his team to bypass strict 14-day isolation laws, but SA’s chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier, said the AFL’s plan posed a “relatively high risk”.
Updated protocols sent to Spurrier’s team by the AFL on Tuesday night failed to convince them.
“It is a very complex matter and we’re at a very, very critical point in our fight against COVID-19,” Spurrier said.
The AFL is in race against time to finalise the first five or six-round phase of the fixture which it had hoped to release before the end of the week.
Victoria remains the only state where full-contact training is permitted.
One club today said there was scope for two teams to share planes for interstate road trips to either Queensland or New South Wales.
It would see those two clubs play two games interstate, such as Brisbane and Gold Coast, before they returned home to Melbourne.
Under the same scenario, Queensland and NSW clubs would also spend about one week in Melbourne to play two games on each Victorian road “swing”.
The move would help save travel costs as the league desperately tries to save money in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
All AFL players who enter Queensland will be required to have a flu vaccination, in line with state government requirements.
Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns players will all have the injections.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said the State Government was “working through” how to allow the Eagles and Dockers to resume training at full capacity in Perth.
Asked if he thought if any AFL matches would be played in Perth this season, Mr McGowan replied: “I would expect so, but how many I don’t know”.
“I would expect there would be some because there clearly has got to be a derby and hopefully some teams will come over here, do the quarantine here and then play some games in Western Australia,” McGowan said.
“But they have got to do the quarantine here, we can’t allow them to have exemptions when other industries don’t.”
Coast to coast: Eagles consider radical relocation
Jon Ralph
West Coast and Fremantle players have voiced their issues about a prolonged stay in east-coast hubs in a zoom conference with the AFLPA this afternoon.
West Coast today confirmed the club was seriously considering relocating to the Gold Coast to train and then play if WA borders remained in lockdown for coming months.
The WA-based sides could take over a Gold Coast resort and enjoy excellent weather while also playing at a more neutral venue than tackling Melbourne sides on the MCG.
But while many West Coast and Fremantle players would be happy to remain in a hub in the early rounds of the season, there are serious concerns from some players with young families.
The Herald Sun understands some players have suggested to their managers that the league should postpone the season for several weeks if it allowed border restrictions to be eased and footy to eventually be played in West Australia.
Players across the league conducted Zoom hook-ups with the AFLPA today, and while there were many questions lodged it is understood the player union was still awaiting clarity around hubs and biosecurity measures from the AFL.
The Herald Sun reported that players will effectively be prevented from leaving their homes in the periods between coronavirus tests and playing games to reduce the risk of contacting COVID-19.
West Australian premier Mark McGowan remains steadfast that under current provisions it is not safe to allow AFL teams to fly into Perth to play at Optus Stadium given the risk of spreading coronavirus.
He says border controls are “the last thing to come down” despite the football season resuming as early as June 11.
It is understood the clubs are prepared to start training in groups of 10 on Monday despite five West Coast and 10 Fremantle players still quarantining until late next week.
Their broad expectation is that it is important to restart training as soon as possible, with those quarantining players allowed to train in pairs before filtering back into training when they finish quarantine.
 

Oakleigh Roo

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Pardon my French. But F**k SA. Our competition flourished without them before they arrived. And we can flourish without them now. Their actions over the last few years have been nothing but embarrassing anyway.

From Kochie not being able to keep his mouth shut trying to defend his ridiculous decision to sell games to China. To Ollie Wines lasting one season as skipper. To Adelaide embarrassing themselves with a racial vilified football camp and Tex Walker carrying on like an absolute peanut at every opportunity. And what about their players breaking isolation restrictions by training together. Piss them all of for the rest of the year. We don’t need them! They’re bringing nothing positive to our game. They are the two most unorganised football clubs in the country.

Apologies for the rant.
 

big_e

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With no VFL comp this year, how in the hell are all the players on the list not getting regular senior games going to get any development at all ?
If we have four or five day breaks between games, pretty much any fit player will be playing seniors at some point. And if they're not in the 22, they'll be resting.
 

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