- Sep 4, 2017
- AFL Club
- West Coast
You were advantaged by only having to navigate neutral games all the way to a premiership. Top 2 for us still means winning on the other side of the country. Ill concede that a non Victorian side is likelier to make a gf if they finish top 2, but a mcg tenant is more likely to win one. And top 2 is a pretty big mountain to climb, we don’t get gifted advantages in finals, it’s top 2 or bust for non VicsYeah but you're ignoring that if a Vic team finishes top 2 we can easily play a home prelim against another team on their home deck (also our home deck). Do you think Richmond (finishing top of the ladder) were advantaged playing Collingwood at the MCG in a prelim in 2018, compared to if WC were in our shoes playing Collingwood at Optus?
I think you're right about top 2 being the key for non-Vics. Interstate teams have the advantage in first 3 weeks of finals over Vics if they finish top 2, since they can't have the scenario that Richmond had in 2018 (unless 2 Perth/Adelaide/Sydney teams finish top 4). Vics can have an advantage over instates in the first 3 weeks of finals if they finish 3-4 though (for example, Collingwood, finishing 3rd, benefited from playing Richmond at our shared home ground, whereas an interstate team finishing 3-4 obviously can't get that advantage).