Idea - 50m penalty becomes the 50% penalty?

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NoobPie

Norm Smith Medallist
Sep 21, 2016
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Just make it a 25m penalty and leave it at that.

Teams would invariably kick the ball away if they concede a free in their own forward fifty

In terms of the OP, an alternative approach might be to have different lengths depending on the third of the ground i.e. 75-50-25
 

LordLucifer

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Teams would invariably kick the ball away if they concede a free in their own forward fifty

In terms of the OP, an alternative approach might be to have different lengths depending on the third of the ground i.e. 75-50-25
The umpires have enough issues adjudicating the flimsy rules we have in place as it is without bringing in penalties of varying distances.

Don't forget, they could apply a second 25m penalty if a team just kicked the ball away like you are suggesting.

50m is just too savage for the vast majority of reasons they apply it.
 

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NoobPie

Norm Smith Medallist
Sep 21, 2016
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The umpires have enough issues adjudicating the flimsy rules we have in place as it is without bringing in penalties of varying distances.

Don't forget, they could apply a second 25m penalty if a team just kicked the ball away like you are suggesting.

50m is just too savage for the vast majority of reasons they apply it.
Nonsense. It is a weak penalty where a team is happy to concede in their front half if it allows it to set up defensively. It is too strong a penalty for a soft infringement within 70 metres of goal

Your suggestion that they could apply a second 25m penalty is particularly strange. Wouldn't that just make it a 50???
 

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