This aspect came into our game last year and i am pleased it did.Apologies if this has been mentioned already.
I’m not a fan of us shutting up shop and trying to slow the game down when we believe we have a game winning lead.
We came out in the fourth quarter with no intention of playing how we did in the first three quarters.
It’s not the first time we’ve done this either.
Personally, it ruins the game for me. Yeah we win. But I leave feeling flat.
I can understand running down the last couple of minutes, but to shut up shop with more than half a quarter to go annoys the crap out of me.
You can practice this at training but nothing beats doing this in a real AFL game.
I believe it started in the third quarter against Port and continued in the last.
But it only lasts for patches of each quarter during the game.
With the shortened quarters this will be important going forward if you have a reasonable lead or just want to slow the game down a bit.
I commented about this to my daughter at the game.
She wanted a big win and kept looking at the live ladder %.
I said a win is more important than % in the long term.