AFLX - Day 1 - Coopers Stadium, Thu, 15th Feb 2018

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Match Details

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Teams

Adelaide (18-man squad)

7. Jordan Gallucci, 8. Jake Kelly, 17. Curtly Hampton, 19. Jackson Edwards, 22. Andy Otten, 25. Kyle Cheney, 28. Cam Ellis-Yolmen, 31. Patrick Wilson, 34. Elliott Himmelberg, 35. Matthew Signorello, 37. Paul Hunter, 38. Harry Dear, 39. Tom Doedee, 40. Ben Davis, 42. Alex Keath, 43. Reilly O’Brien, 44. Lachie Murphy, 45. Ben Jarman

Collingwood (14-man squad)

11. Jarryd Blair, 14. James Aish, 21. Tom Phillips, 22. Steele Sidebottom, 24. Josh Thomas, 25. Jack Crisp, 28. Nathan Murphy, 29. Tim Broomhead, 32. Will Hoskin-Elliott, 35. Jaidyn Stephenson, 37. Brayden Maynard, 39. Ben Crocker, 40. Josh Smith, 44. Jack Madgen

Fremantle (20-man squad)

2. Griffin Logue, 3. Brandon Matera, 6. Danyle Pearce, 7. Nat Fyfe, 8. Andrew Brayshaw, 9. Bradley Hill, 10. Michael Walters, 11. Tommy Sheridan, 12. Mitchell Crowden, 18. Darcy Tucker, 19. Connor Blakely, 23. Cameron McCarthy, 26. Ed Langdon, 28. Brady Grey, 33. Cameron Sutcliffe, 36. Brennan Cox, 38. Luke Ryan, 41. Bailey Banfield, 42. Stefan Giro, 44. Taylin Duman

Geelong (18-man squad)

3. Brandan Parfitt, 10. Daniel Menzel, 11. Tim Kelly, 12. Wylie Buzza, 13. Lachie Fogarty, 21. Jordan Murdoch, 22. Mitch Duncan, 23. Aaron Black, 24. Jed Bews, 26. Tom Hawkins, 27. Sam Menegola, 31. Jordan Cunico, 32. Gryan Miers, 34. James Parsons, 39. Zach Guthrie, 40. Jackson Thurlow, 44. Tom Stewart, 46. Mark Blicavs

Port Adelaide (19-man squad)

9. Robbie Gray, 12. Trent McKenzie, 13. Todd Marshall, 15. Karl Amon, 17. Tom Clurey, 18. Jimmy Toumpas, 19. Jack Trengove, 23. Jack Watts, 24. Kane Farrell, 26. Riley Bonner, 27. Joel Garner, 29. Jasper Pittard, 32. Dougal Howard, 37. Jake Patmore, 40. Jarrod Lienert, 41. Dom Barry, 43. Dan Houston, 44. Cameron Hewett, 46. Sam Gray

West Coast (15-man squad)

10. Jarrod Brander, 14. Liam Duggan, 18. Daniel Venables, 21. Jack Petruccelle, 22. Hamish Brayshaw, 26. Francis Watson, 28. Tom Cole, 30. Jackson Nelson, 32. Ryan Burrows, 33. Brayden Ainsworth, 35. Josh Rotham, 39. Malcolm Karpany, 43. Matt Allen, 44. Willie Rioli, 45. Jake Waterman

Other Information

Who plays who?

There are six clubs in each tournament with games played in a round-robin format. Teams will be divided into two pools of three, and play against each other once. The top team from each pool will play off in a Grand Final at the end of the competition.

Pool A, Hindmarsh Stadium, Thursday February 15

Adelaide, Collingwood, Fremantle, Geelong, Port Adelaide, West Coast

Pool B, Etihad Stadium, Friday February 16
Carlton, Essendon, Hawthorn, Melbourne, North Melbourne, St Kilda

Pool C, Allianz Stadium, Saturday February 17 

Brisbane Lions, Gold Coast, Greater Western Sydney, Richmond, Sydney, Western Bulldogs

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When are teams announced?

The 20-man squads will be announced three days before each tournament. Clubs will then lodge their final 10-man team for the first match on the day of competition, while teams for the second and third games will be lodged just prior to each round-robin match. Coaches can change the makeup of their team between games, as long as they use the 20 players named in the squad.

Who makes the Grand Final if multiple teams are on the same wins?


Wins, losses and draws will be tallied up throughout the tournament, with the two pool winners on each night playing off in the Grand Final. However, if there are multiple teams on the same wins, percentage will be the deciding factor.

What happens if scores are tied at the end of the Grand Final?

While draws can happen during pool games, you won't have to worry about coming back the following week to see the Grand Final again, if scores are level at the final siren. Time on will be added with the first team to score a point or a goal the premiers.

How long do games go for?

AFLX consists of two, 10-minute halves with a two-minute break. There will be a five-minute breather in between each game, with a 15-minute break before the Grand Final takes place.

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How does each game start?

Each half is started with the umpiring throwing the ball up in the center. Two nominated ruckmen will compete, however they aren't allowed to run and jump at the ball, or wrestle with each other. Basically, it's more like a basketball-style tip-off with the two competing rucks to stand toe-to-toe.
Each team will also need to have three players inside their forward and defensive 40m arcs before play starts. It's also worth noting that the traditional coin toss has been given the flick. Instead teams will start kicking towards the side of the ground that their interchange bench is on, before swapping for the second half. The pre-game tradition of running through a banner before a game with the club song blaring has also been scrapped.

Where will the coaches watch?

There will be no aerial view for the coaches when it comes to AFLX. The coach's box won't be in use come match day, instead they'll bark orders directly to their players on the interchange bench. Given the smaller size of the field, there won't be any runners either, so the coaches will have to do their own dirty work and deliver their messages straight to their charges.

Can players be reported?

Yes, they can. Just like the JLT Community Series, a player can be cited by the match review officer or the officiating umpire on match day. Any suspensions handed out, will be served during the home and away season.

Do AFLX games count towards life membership?

No. Just like the JLT series, AFLX games won't count towards a player's eligibility for life membership. Only premiership season games are taken into consideration, and the old format of the pre-season competition where there was a genuine prize or winner at the end of the series.

How many umpires are there?

There will be a total of six umpires for each game. Two field umpires, two boundary umpires (who essentially act as touch judges), and two goal umpires. There won't be any flags for the goal umpires to wave, due to the fast nature of the game. Be on the lookout as well for a new motion to signal a 'Zooper' goal, with the goal umpire to cross their arms above their heads to create an 'X'. As for what colour the umpires will be wearing, well that remains a mystery. One thing is for sure though, you won't be able to miss them with the whistleblowers set to don a very loud and bright uniform.

Where can you watch it?

You’ve got plenty of choice when it comes to watching AFLX with both 7Two and Fox Footy providing telecasts. You can also watch on the AFL Live App in the palm of your hand. Brian Taylor is expected to add a bit of 'wowee' to the commentary which will be provided by Seven. Fox Footy will have its own hosts on the ground at all three venues for breaks between matches while simulcasting the Seven game coverage.

There will also be a radio call on SEN and affiliate stations.

Highlights shows after each of the three tournaments will be shown at afl.com.au.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs
 

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So after the AFL used him as a centrepiece of their marketing for this concept, it turns out Dangerfield isn't even in the Geelong squad.

Total joke.
 

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So after the AFL used him as a centrepiece of their marketing for this concept, it turns out Dangerfield isn't even in the Geelong squad.

Total joke.


Yeah, I know, right? They should have named the squads a month out when he and Gill did that Q&A
 

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Nice scheduling. Putting the 2 WA sides on before anyone gets home from work to watch it. Meanwhile the NSW and QLD teams get Saturday. Why not swap the 2 around? No one in QLD and NSW is going to watch it anyway, they hardly tune in to the regular season let alone this.
 

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Nice scheduling. Putting the 2 WA sides on before anyone gets home from work to watch it. Meanwhile the NSW and QLD teams get Saturday. Why not swap the 2 around? No one in QLD and NSW is going to watch it anyway, they hardly tune in to the regular season let alone this.
Soccer on Wednesday at Allianz Stadium complicates that.
 

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Looking on the bright side of things, if they make it Adelaide and Geelong should perform better in the grand final now the AFL have so graciously moved it from the MCG :D
It was great that you guys got to play your finals at.....

Oh never mind.
 

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Looking on the bright side of things, if they make it Adelaide and Geelong should perform better in the grand final now the AFL have so graciously moved it from the MCG :D
Geelong have won their last two 'MCG' Grand Finals.

And blew away the highly fancied opposition at the MCG in their last final there.
 

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How does the AFL seriously think this will work? None of the clubs would literally give two shits about it as it's not relevant to AFL at all. They're simply being forced to throw out their youngest, most experienced players because they're forced too.
 

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Brilliant. Lets put the WA teams on so early that no one with a job in Perth can watch it live. *clap clap.
 
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