Norm Smith Medallist
- Aug 25, 2005
- AFL Club
- Gold Coast
Interestingly, they changed the % system in 1933.100% this.
Leave the game alone and let the tactical side evolve naturally. The more you try and control it the worse the game gets as a spectacle.
I'm not sure you have that right... the AFL's page says:FWIW under the old % system (before it was changed in 1933), West coast would have finished 4th instead of Geelong, and North would have won the Wooden Spoon over Adelaide.
Port's % would have dropped from 136 to 73 - whilst Essendon's would have jumped from 79 to 126. Adelaide's would have been 155!
So the concept of tweaking the % system to encourage scoring has actually been done before. It's not that far fetched and outrageous at all.
They have this in Super Netball and I really dislike it.An interesting idea I heard once (and I have mentioned it before) is to have 'quarters won' as the tie-breaker, rather than %age.
Good points are:
1. It takes away differences in playing conditions between grounds, weather etc.
2. It gives fans of a team being thrashed (say, 7 goals down at 3/4 time) some incentive to keep watching.
3. It increases the number of critical 'kicks after the siren' by a large factor - apart from having 5 times as many opportunities (4 end-of-quarters + total end-of-game), there would be more end-of-quarter opportunities because there is less scoring in a quarter than a game - so closer scores.
4. I once did a quick analysis on a season - it doesn't wind up with a significantly different order to %age.
5. When a team HAS to win the last game & improve %age to make finals, it's easy to work out exactly what they need to do, rather than have to recalculate after every opposition score.
1. Increases chance of a 'tie-breaker' tie at the end of the season.
Does it though?kind of backs up my point
It's more of the unfairness of four teams playing on the same day in Melbourne in pouring rainDoes it though?
That year Docklands only averaged 3 goals more than the other grounds' combined averages. If you take the SCG's average out of it (cause, you know, Sydney), it's only about 15 points more.
And given Geelong were a freakishly dominant team and played 7 games there averaging 141 points - the rest of the comp is pretty even across all grounds.
On a side note.. man the scores were big that year! The average Points For was 95.5!! In 2020 it was 65.5! If you forget the shortened quarters and use 2019 instead - it was only 80. That's 6 goals per game difference.