No Oppo Supporters General AFL Discussion #12 - Carlton Posters ONLY!

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I guess the reason I'm skeptical is because it's another case of turning a black & white rule into one with shades of grey.

At present the player has to dispose of the ball or step outside the line of the mark for it to be play on. Pretty clear. That's not to say the umpires don't occasionally get it wrong, but the rule itself is pretty unambiguous.

Now it sounds like the key consideration in some circumstances will be 'motion to handball', whatever that means. When does it get called? When you're looking over your shoulder? Holding the ball in one hand? Making a fist with the other hand? Moving the fist towards the ball? Does it make a difference if you're doing it quickly or slowly?

And players will try to game this rule too, because that's what happens. Watch for the first time someone goes to handball to someone running past, changes their mind because their target is being closely checked by an opposition player, and then the opposition player (who is inside the protected area because they're with an opponent) changes course to tackle the guy with the ball because they've just motioned to handball.

Seems like yet another a can of worms to me. But I guess it's all speculation until we see the actual announcement.
 

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Stand Rule change coming up it seems... Reported that if a player fakes a handball in a bid to shift the man on the mark will not be awarded a 50m penalty in 2023. Seems good to me.

Good rule or bad rule, this will make the rule harder to officiate.

For a second, remove any mention of the stand rule, it’s now play on if a player pretends to handball.

This is so dumb to me
 
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I will always love and revere SOS, but this strikes again as another example of 'jobs for the boys/mates' by Ross at the St Kilda.

Basically surrounding himself with yes men who will pretty not disagree with him at all (Dal Santo, Goddard etc)

Good luck with that Sainters
 

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Interesting rule changes that make sense.. the 25 second warning is a bit odd. I’d still change rules amongst time wasting that when a player nominates to shoot the whole team must have 30 seconds to attempt a shot else ball becomes an opposition kick at the defensive 50m line. This would eliminate nominating for a shot, waste 30 seconds then chop it 15m to another player further up.
 

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I will always love and revere SOS, but this strikes again as another example of 'jobs for the boys/mates' by Ross at the St Kilda.

Basically surrounding himself with yes men who will pretty not disagree with him at all (Dal Santo, Goddard etc)

Good luck with that Sainters
Thats what smart coaches do whom are wanting to lengthy coaching tenor
 

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