News Should finals return to 20 min quarters?

Quarters should return to 20 mins

  • Yes

    Votes: 55 67.9%
  • No

    Votes: 26 32.1%

  • Total voters
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GROTTO

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It was terrible at the start of the year, there's been some great games recently though. Helps that teams like Richmond and West Coast have remembered how to play. Doggies, Melbourne, Saints all worth watching when they're on.
Eagles v Cats at Optus was a great game to view on TV.

The standard of quality of games in 2020 has dropped significantly compared to last year. Some games have been unwatchable.
 

iameviljez

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Finals should be a war of attrition where both teams are out on their feet at the end of it, you don't get that with 16 minute quarters.
Completely agree. With the 15 minute quarters, it just doesn't feel like the epic saga that some of the best games do.
 

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Sirlemsip

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Of course in theory it sounds like a good idea.

However, if the players have been conditioned in 2020 for the shorter quarters/overall game length it might be a very 'risky' move from a soft-tissue injury perspective, whilst also not guaranteeing a better quality of football at the end of longer quarters.

Pretty sure the fitness staff at most clubs would think this is an awful idea.
 

harrythetiger

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No, as much as 20min quarters are by far superior and would probably help my team, I think its important the season has the same rules the whole way through, whatever they may be.
 

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I don't think it would be fair to do this now - if the AFL had put this in place for all clubs to know at the start of the season it would have been a good call.
 

Seeds

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We just had a game involving two finals sides in dry weather that was 42-34. This is a rugby score not a football score. Make finals 20 mins qtrs. Announce it this week Gil.
 

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No, as much as 20min quarters are by far superior and would probably help my team, I think its important the season has the same rules the whole way through, whatever they may be.
Its not a rule change. Its a time change.

Ps. Finals are always played under different rules where umpires pay a lot less frees. No one has a problem with it usually. They make this change for finals because it makes the games superior.
 

Seeds

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If the finals are played under shorter games in 2020 then history will put an asterik next to the premiership claiming the premier didnt win a standard football flag but some shorter compromised version.

if we go back to 20 mins qtrs for finals history will only remember the finals and the flag will be judged more equally with other flags.
 

Bungeye

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Because they did more work on their fitness? how is this a reason not to do it lol
There will be a team or two who make finals will be exposed BIG TIME if we lengthen the match. Don't you think it disadvantages them, when they got there on merit? I believe the shorter quarters makes for a better and closer finals series, where anyone in the top 8 can win it.
 

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harrythetiger

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Its not a rule change. Its a time change.

Ps. Finals are always played under different rules where umpires pay a lot less frees. No one has a problem with it usually. They make this change for finals because it makes the games superior.
Every game is played under a slightly different interpretation of the rules. In an ideal world there would be no interpretation required for them but that does not excuse actual changes to conditions of play. If there is one place the rule book is clear, its match timings. That never changes between games. 16min quarters is vastly different to 20min quarters.
 

Seeds

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Every game is played under a slightly different interpretation of the rules. In an ideal world there would be no interpretation required for them but that does not excuse actual changes to conditions of play. If there is one place the rule book is clear, its match timings. That never changes between games. 16min quarters is vastly different to 20min quarters.
which is why we need to go back to 20 min qtrs for finals. This flag will be considered a joke if done under different conditions to other years. Everyone will say the team only won cos their strategy and team was more suited to shorter qtrs and wouldnt hold up under normal qtrs. They will be discredited. Cant say that if finals go back to 20 mins. Conditions change within games (from dry to wet). As long as both teams competing get the same condition change its all fine.
 

harrythetiger

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which is why we need to go back to 20 min qtrs for finals. This flag will be considered a joke if done under different conditions to other years. Everyone will say the team only won cos their strategy and team was more suited to shorter qtrs and wouldnt hold up under normal qtrs. They will be discredited. Cant say that if finals go back to 20 mins. Conditions change within games (from dry to wet). As long as both teams competing get the same condition change its all fine.
It would be like running heats at the Olympics over 100m, then the final over 400m. Different game. Teams have committed to different structures for the season. Make them change at the last minute and it’s just going to be whoever is able to change most quickly.
 

Seeds

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ANy changes to rules during the seaosn should result in a null and void season.

Compromises everything.

The 2008 AFL season and 2017 AFLw seasons are the first two which come to mind
I suppose cos you say so that makes it true.


weird that you left out 2010. Where were you that year?
 

Seeds

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Has anyone played cricket in victoria? During finals we used to double the overs from 80 to 160 and games often went to double innings just for the finals. No one complained that the change for finals made the result a joke. The opposite in fact. Everyone thought the longer games were needed to determine the true winners. As long as the changes apply to everyone its perfectly fine.


ps. how come none of you are complaining about some games being 4-6 days break and now in finals we will have 7 to 14 day breaks. Isnt that a massive change?

most people celebrated the changes As adding extra complexity.
 

Seeds

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There will be a team or two who make finals will be exposed BIG TIME if we lengthen the match. Don't you think it disadvantages them, when they got there on merit? I believe the shorter quarters makes for a better and closer finals series, where anyone in the top 8 can win it.
the best team should win under multple circumstances. Ps. The shorter games were sometimes played 3 times across 15 days. finals will only be 1 or 2 games across 15 days and all teams get a two week break beforehand. In the end its going to be pretty much the same for fitness. You could argue with the much longer breaks between games or finals that by not lengthening the games we are changing tge fitness requirements.
 

Spiritof82

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who the hell wants a shortened GF by 20 minutes?
bring back 20 minutes quarters for finals... no reason not to
The TV stations would push for the quarters to stay at 16 minutes as the quarter breaks and time between a goal being scored and the bounce is longer so they can push in more advertising (TV stations can now show 2 commercials after a goal unlike last season where it was only one). The AFL and TV stations don't care about football supporters they only care about what money they can make from advertising.
 

JackOutback

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While I understand the argument for consistency, I just can’t imagine the grand final being played under 16 minute quarters.
 

harrythetiger

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Has anyone played cricket in victoria? During finals we used to double the overs from 80 to 160 and games often went to double innings just for the finals. No one complained that the change for finals made the result a joke. The opposite in fact. Everyone thought the longer games were needed to determine the true winners. As long as the changes apply to everyone its perfectly fine.


ps. how come none of you are complaining about some games being 4-6 days break and now in finals we will have 7 to 14 day breaks. Isnt that a massive change?

most people celebrated the changes As adding extra complexity.
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