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Don't think it works after the season has lost momentum, players have been sent for surgery, are holidaying in the off season and about to start preseason. Late Oct/Early Nov is an akward time.Or three years in late October to november.
I'd go with a 6 team comp
Vic, wa, sa, NSW/act, Qld/nt, Tas/international
Pools of three with one overlap game...then semis and a final
In my opinion it is the only time that works. No one is going to accept disruption of the season. People are delusional if they think that clubs are going to release their best players during or right before the season. Best chance is the end of the season.Don't think it works after the season has lost momentum, players have been sent for surgery, are holidaying in the off season and about to start preseason. Late Oct/Early Nov is an akward time.
Not sure it was him so much as that it was a noticeable number of WA players coming out of a single WA team.Michael Malthouse took the Vic view to the Eagles & that was that for Origin in WA.
At that stage most players fall into 3 brackets.In my opinion it is the only time that works. No one is going to accept disruption of the season. People are delusional if they think that clubs are going to release their best players during or right before the season. Best chance is the end of the season.
Also, football dominates the conversation well in to November without any football being played
Nope, Mick was looking after his own interests/doing the job he was paid to do.Not sure it was him so much as that it was a noticeable number of WA players coming out of a single WA team.
Average SoO game would have been at least 1.5 teams worth of players from VFL and under 0.5 from WAFL/SANFL....So the average VFL club would have been losing ~3-4 players, while the average WAFL/SANFL club would lose ~1...So naturally, VFL clubs were more concerned about the risks, and took more steps to limit their exposure. When WCE was in the same situation (actually worse if memory serves) they behaved the same way.
Agree with the teams NSW/ACT and QLD/NT , Try to create a competitive balance....wait for several seasons before NSW or Qld plays Victoria.... Initially play all matches in Southern states to get a crowd, Once NSW and Qld start winning ....extend to those states. Having star players identified as coming from NSW or Qld would be a massive boost for the profile of AFL in expansion states.Well this is what I can come up with.
Play it the second and third week after the AFL Grand Final with players from the two Grand Final teams excluded. This is to still try and give players a long break before the following season. The teams are selected on the Tuesday after Brownlow Medal Night, so more tv focus is on the AFL in the lead up to the Grand Final.
Have a team to represent every State, unfortunately the Territories miss out, but with players able to be pulled up from state leagues to help the smaller states. Maybe let NT pair with QLD and let ACT pair with NSW, but i'm not sure on it.
On a five year rotation, each state will only play one other state that year, on a one game at home and one game away arrangement. This could be expanded to include the territories though. So that it may look like:
Week 1 - WA vs SA in Perth, Vic vs Tas in Melbourne, QLD vs NSW in Brisbane
Week 2 - SA vs WA in Adelaide, Tas vs Vic in Hobart, NSW vs QLD in Sydney
Week 1 - QLD vs Tas in Brisbane, SA vs NSW in Adelaide, Vic vs WA in Melbourne
Week 2 - Tas vs QLD in Hobart, NSW vs SA in Sydney, WA vs Vic in Perth
etc for following years.
And it is purely competed against the team you play that year, so no over-arching winning state, based on an aggregate score between the two games.
Would definitely play it during season bye round...raise profile of top players and pay them big money...provide a real incentive.At that stage most players fall into 3 brackets.
Unfit/boozing/resting/holidaying/Not match or skill ready.
In rehab from an earlier season injury and /sent for surgery preparing for preseason.
No one wants to see WA's second team take on a SA third team vs. VIC fourth best available team.
The mandatory off period won't work imo.