Couldn't agree more. I nearly had a heart attack in 06, in 18 we knew it was pretty safe once Shuey marked the kick-in. The commentary was a lot better too, Bruce had too much time to trot out his prepared line in 18, which sounded very forced.
I'm going to use a couple of examples particularly close to my own heart, the 2006 and 2018 West Coast premierships.
For those who may not remember or weren't old enough to remember - Channel 10 used to change the traditional countdown clock seen on all modern AFL telecasts to a count-up clock for the final 5 minutes of matches they televised.
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This gave viewers at home a similar level of suspense to those who were at the ground. It meant that viewers didn't know when the siren would go, as we all know the count-up clock doesn't stop for stoppages and scores.
In blowouts this was largely redundant, but for close, nailbitting affairs like the 2006 Grand Final, it got the heart racing just a little bit more. Losing an idea of when the siren would go made me personally sit on the edge of my seat right up until the last stoppage on Sydney's right forward flank. When the siren went it was a release of pure elation.
Contrast this to the 2018 Grand Final, where once the ball went out of play in West Coast's right forward pocket we knew the game was done, as we knew there was under 10 seconds left thanks to 7's traditional countdown clock. At this point my family all started hugging and ya'hooing as we knew the game was done. Had the 5 minute warning still been in use, we would've still been glued to the tele. It would've made an already adrenaline rushing afternoon go up another notch. I may have actually died without the clock in this match.
Agreed, all I need to know is how long in the quarter it has been going.Having no clock is stupid and annoying. Should have it at the ground for people who paid to be there.
Which I reckon shouldn't happen. The only person at the ground that should have access to the time left is the time keeper.There haven't been any games played yet this year. Last year the bench staff from each club held up a card with the number of minutes left so all the players knew.
By now teams would have their own person taking the time if it wasn’t available so that’s a moot point. They probably have one doing it now.Why they moved away from just having a standard clock running with no-one knowing how much time-on was left in the quarter staggers me.
The suspense in not knowing how long is left is way more intense & interesting for the fans.
The other thing is that having the players know there is a certain amount of time left has led to the introduction of the "milking the clock" tactic which is undoubtedly one of the biggest blights on our game ever.