Norm Smith Medallist
- Feb 13, 2011
- AFL Club
Just borrowing an idea from the NBA where they have a play-in before the play-off series commence. I think it would add some extra excitement/intrigue.
Given that we have 18 teams and only a top 8, would it be a good idea for the AFL to introduce a play-off game (one off game) between 8th and 9th placed teams at the end of the H/A season?
It could be played in the bye between the last H/A round and first round of the finals. The winner would play the 5th placed side in an elimination final (like usual).
What are your thoughts?
Got nothing to do with being a dinosaur. People don't want half the comp or more playing finals. The 22 games are supposed to mean something.This forum is full of dinosaurs who hate any kind of change, and IIRC the sentiment was similar before the play-ins were introduced in the NBA. And the play-ins have been a big success for that sport.
They also have divisions and conferences, where we have a single ladder. Yes, fixtures can be a bit lopsided, but that isn't the same thing as only being measured against a subset of teams.Got nothing to do with being a dinosaur. People don't want half the comp or more playing finals. The 22 games are supposed to mean something.
The NBA is the last league you would use as a good example on how to setup. 82 games and then they have 66% of teams compete for the playoffs no matter how you want to spin it and call it something else.
A best of 3 Grand Final would be awesomeWhy do we see the need to keep Americanising our game?
Next thing you'll want a best of 5 game grand final series.
Clearly not, but imagineYeah I'm sure people would of been real excited for Geelong v. Port game 2 in 2007.
So a game between 8th and 9th. Maybe some sort of elimination game before the other finals?Not exactly. At end of home and away season, whoever finishes 8th and 9th play each other in a single game in the week before the actual final series starts to determine who takes the final finals position
Why have finals at all?This forum is full of dinosaurs who hate any kind of change, and IIRC the sentiment was similar before the play-ins were introduced in the NBA. And the play-ins have been a big success for that sport.
Finishing 9-10th would still be a huge disadvantage by virtue of playing an extra elimination game, and no bye, which is what you want for teams finishing so low - but it does keep the dream alive for those teams and all those vying for a play-in spot in the final H&A rounds. It allows for things like a team who was crushed by injuries early in the season to make a late run. As for ‘rewarding mediocrity’, these teams would have to win 5 consecutive games against progressively better teams to win the flag. It’d be almost impossible but if it happened they’d be worthy. Was mediocrity rewarded in 2016 when the dogs won from 7th? I don’t think so.
There are no real downsides to this idea.
This is a good idea actually. (But only cos of the concussion protocols.)No, because I prefer the pre-GF bye over the pre-finals bye due to the concussion rule. Imagine Petracca or Charlie Cameron missing the GF because of a concussion? Get. f’ed. Keep it at the top 8; maybe when there are 20 teams, change it, but I don't know how a top 10 finals system would work.
Ever notice what kind of sports play a multi game playoff. They are sports that are played every day or every other day. Both Basketball and Baseball play a massive schedule and then have the multi game playoffs every 2nd day.Clearly not, but imagine
2008, giving those great Cats a chance at redemption
2009, where Saints and Geelong were unbeatable all year and played 2 classic games for the ages- round 14 and GF
2010 (with extra time after game 1 which should've always been the rule),
2014 when Sydney won 18 of their last 20 heading into the GF then got pummelled.
2015- where West Coast lost 1 game all year in Perth
2021 where Dogs led by 19 in the 3rd before being blown away and would've loved another crack
2007 and 2019 are the only years where a best-of-3 would've been a boring drag and taken away from the spectacle.
Every other year it would've been a great addition, adding suspense and drama, adding revenue to the AFL coffers, and building the brand around Australia.
Consider State of Origin Rugby League. One of the greatest events on the Australian sporting calendar. I often try to watch those games despite not really being a Rugby League fan. Clearly the best-of-3 aspect is part of what makes it so epic