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AFL defends Carlton's reduced preparation

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Martin Blake and Matt Murnane

The AFL has defended the controversial fixturing of tonight's Carlton-West Coast match at Patersons Stadium, saying the Thursday night timeslot was done purely to maximise television exposure.

The unusual positioning of tonight's game has raised eyebrows all week, given the Blues have had just six days break since their last game against Geelong, while the Eagles have not played since June 3 - an 11-day break - due to the bye.

Tonight's game is one of only three Thursday night games for the season.
 
"It's another prime-time broadcast opportunity for us, and coming off a bye it's possible to do it," an AFL spokesman confirmed.

"Carlton and West Coast are big-drawing clubs and you've got multiple states involved, which is good. From our point of view, a six-day break is acceptable, so it fits together."

The fixture has confused many football followers given round 12 is the second of three rounds featuring just six games, which means there were alternative times the game could have been played that would have given the Blues more rest.

Playing the game on either Saturday or Sunday would have lessened the five-day advantage West Coast has on Carlton in terms of recovery from the club's most recent games.

The Thursday night fixture means all six matches this round are effectively 'stand alone' games, as they do not run into each other's timeslots like in other rounds.

6 comments

  • What's that, Carlton's third 6 day break in a row?

    Worst umpiring decision ever. How can you be holding the ball when you're not in possession when the whistle is blown? - right in front of goal.

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    Pete
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    June 14, 2012, 10:36PM
    • You're right , Pete , if a bit off-topic. Even the commentators pointed out he was on his back , had blokes on top of him , couldn't have got the ball out even if he did have it , which he didn't. On the subject of the fixture -3 x 6 day breaks and the Eagles off a bye and at home - outrageosly unfair . Incompetence by AFL is a mild description. This from someone who hates Carlton , but justice over-rules emotion in this case. And if Judd gets a 50 for an elbow there should be 50 x50's every game. Frustrating when umps and MRP both so inconsistent. Grrrr...

      Commenter
      Daniel
      Location
      NSW
      Date and time
      June 15, 2012, 7:15AM
    • Week off could clip Eagles' wings: Blues

      Carlton coach Brett Ratten started the mind games ahead of tonight's crunch clash with West Coast, claiming the Eagles could be flat after an extended break

      Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/afl-defends-carltons-reduced-preparation-20120614-20cm0.html#ixzz1xpU9t2NL

      Commenter
      KA
      Location
      Perth
      Date and time
      June 15, 2012, 1:40PM
  • When Carlton travels, the whining continues, even after the jet engines have been turned off.

    Commenter
    Winger
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    June 15, 2012, 1:08AM
    • Whinge whinge whinge. St Kilda have had 4 6-day breaks in the last 5 weeks. Tonight we play Adelaide off the bye, we went interstate last week and again tonight 6 days later.

      Commenter
      Saintsfan
      Date and time
      June 15, 2012, 9:39AM
      • wouldnt happen to west coast theyv got umps,fixtures and demetriou in there pockets . cheats.have a real close look at the fixtures got a draw like wooden spooners would expect.

        Commenter
        booma
        Location
        perth
        Date and time
        June 15, 2012, 2:28PM
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