Players who’ve say played 7+ games for their team during season should get medal if team wins GF

Rotayjay

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I have no skin in this game and I can never imagine the joy of winning a premiership, nor the pain of missing out.

Following on from my previous post, should injustice and 'that's life' be part of the value of a premiership medal? Should we award premiership medals to players who played a certain number of games in a premiership year and leave it up to the player how much they value their medal (real, not real etc)?
 

DAlembert

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It's just a bloody medal at the end of the day. Some players have special cabinets in their houses to display all this stuff. And plenty have absolutely nothing in the house/shed or have it stored in boxes. Significance of a medal is close to ZERO.
 

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daniel_4tw

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Personally I think anyone on the list should get a medal, similar to most USA sports.

A premiership isn’t won in 1 game, it is won over an entire year including preseason. Players that get injured, that don’t play any games and even rookies contribute to a teams success at training etc and deserve to be a part of the teams results.

Happy for them to distinguish into three types - playing premiership, non playing premiership and coaching premiership.

Either the entire list gets recognition for the teams result or just leave it how it is. Having an arbitrary ‘7 games’ is ridiculous.
 

greatwhiteshark

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The squad gets you to the big dance but only the 22 who actually play can win it for you.
You are either a premiership player or you are not. If you sit in the stands and watch then you are not a premiership player.
Now if they change it to say that everyone gets one then there is no need for the presentation of medals after the game as it would go for hours.
It’s not relevant what other sports do. We identify and reward the players who actually win it for the club on the day.
Great system so keep it as it is.
Always going to be the unlucky, such is life.
 

iluvparis

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Dislike - who would Channel 7 cut to in the stands/post game looking for tears as said player realises they have missed out on their life long dream.
 

adammania9

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No way. The medal is for the 22 winners in the day. The clubs have every right to make their own medals or plaques to give to everybody else who played a part in the journey.

But the premiership medals are for the 22 in the photo at the end who are in their playing strips holding up the cup.
 

Howard Littlejohn

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There's hard luck stories every year, but if you miss the game you'll still know you missed the game even if you get a trinket.
If it was going to be changed, I would go with players who played a final (and were not suspended for the GF - if anything you cost your team's chance by yourself and/or the MRO being an idiot why should you get reward). But I don't think I would change it.
 

SSwans2011

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I think every player on an AFL list should get a participation trophy and there should be no scores kept and no winners or losers. The two teams to play in the grand final should be chosen at random, with modifiers depending on how diverse their lists are in terms of gender and race. The winner shall be decided by a panel of climate change campaigners and social justice warriors.
Hahaha you have to hijack a football thread to bitch about how the world makes you angry. You absolute snowflake.
 

Shane Heard

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Players who've say played 17 games for the team during the previous two seasons should get a medal if team wins gf.

I can’t help but feel so sorry for the players that get injured right before the round 1 and can’t play but have contributed to their team’s success during the year. (Or happen to get dropped but have contributed for years).

It takes a lot of work to get to GF day and those players who’ve contributed should also be recognised in my opinion.
What about the poor bloke who plays 16 games?

That’s not fair.

Or the team boot studder?

Or the guy who paints the lines on the training ovals?

Or Wilma the tea lady..or the guy who pumps up the footies before training?

I can’t help but feel sorry for them all.

The injustice of it all.

They all deserve medals imo.
 

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Shaq attack

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I like the idea. Make it optional so if players fell they are unworthy, they don’t have to accept.
 

FRUMPY

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What are your thoughts on the idea that if a player has played say around a third of the games for their team in any given year and their team happens to win the GF, that they too should be awarded a medal?

I can’t help but feel so sorry for the players that get injured right before the granny and can’t play but have contributed to their team’s success during the year. (Or happen to get dropped but have contributed all year).

It takes a lot of work to get to GF day and those players who’ve contributed should also be recognised in my opinion.
I presume you never won a premiership and wanted a medallion?

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FRUMPY

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I would love a medal that reminds me I didn't get to play in the premiership. Might get a tattoo of it as well

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Righteo

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No self-respecting player would want a glorified participation medal. If anything it would be a permanent & bitter reminder of what they missed out on
 

FRUMPY

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No self-respecting player would want a glorified participation medal. If anything it would be a permanent & bitter reminder of what they missed out on
Imagine showing your kids the medal later in life. Your kid asks 'how good was it playing in a premiership? How did you play? Did you kick any goals?'.....'i didn't play mate, I wasn't even an emergency, I sat in the stands with others not good enough to play'.....'but how good is the medal?'

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Biggy_Boy

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Give everyone who played for the club between the last and current premiership a medal. They all helped in some way to get them there. That way people could stop lamenting the fact that "champion player x" never got a premiership medal. Richardson could get one, and when he's a senile old man Pavlich can get one.
 

Eagleboy68

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There is lots about soccer that should be adopted.
The whole team gets a medal.
If not the whole team at least those that have played 11+ games for the year.
Winning a flag is a team effort and those who co tributes should be rewarded.

The other option is give the club 25 medals and they give to those they considered contributed.
In Richmond's case Graham would be given one as he played most of the year.
 

Eagleboy68

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Imagine showing your kids the medal later in life. Your kid asks 'how good was it playing in a premiership? How did you play? Did you kick any goals?'.....'i didn't play mate, I wasn't even an emergency, I sat in the stands with others not good enough to play'.....'but how good is the medal?'

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This is a shit comment.

The answer to the kids is our TEAM won the premiership and I did my part.
You teach your kids that no matter how small your contribution it's not always about you. There are many who contribute to a premiership.

This attitude right here is called egomaniac selfishness
 

PhatBoy

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This is a great idea, would give the true hard-luck stories of the AFL like Brendan Whitecross a well-deserved reward, while filtering out attention seekers like Bob Murphy.
I agree with your point but how the f*** was he an attention seeker?
 

FRUMPY

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This is a s**t comment.

The answer to the kids is our TEAM won the premiership and I did my part.
You teach your kids that no matter how small your contribution it's not always about you. There are many who contribute to a premiership.

This attitude right here is called egomaniac selfishness
Egomaniac selfishness would be wanting an award for not actually participating in the event wouldn't it?

Say Carlton win the premiership in the next few years, Brendan Bolton should get one as he has had a massive impact on the players development the last 3 years. Or Kade Simpson or daisy Thomas etc. Where is their parade?

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