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How can we stamp out 'ugly' footy?

Senior AFL writer Rohan Connolly believes the AFL should consider awarding bonus points to teams that pass 100 points in a game to encourage more attacking and high-scoring football.

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That's all for today everyone. Pretty busy on here, thanks for all the comments and questions. The bonus point idea has got plenty of debate going, hope it keeps going so we're at least talking about potential solutions rather than just having a whinge! Anyway, catch you back here next week at 12pm.

 

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  • Is Dale Thomas not the biggest farce in the game's history - makes the Bumblers Vitamin C fiasco pale into insignificance... ? If he ever gets another game I'll burn my membership which I've had since 1977.

    On the weekend he thought he was at a training run - but playing for his old club still.
    He is a joke... Almost as much as his dad the coach. Hes only there for a pay cheque. He didn't try, he was laughing and giggling being pushed around by his mates - I've seen U9's with more endeavour and effort in their first game than that. Wheres the toughness? Wheres the "Im here to win" attitude? Wheres the confidence?

    We will never win while Dudhouse and lemmings like Thomas are at the club. Nothing will change.

    Commenter
    Davo
    Location
    Langers
    Date and time
    May 05, 2014, 9:21AM
    • Stop whinging. The guy is coming back from a major foot injury, chances are it will take him most of the year to get back to his best. Having been out of the game so long he still lacks match fitness. If he stays fit, wait until end of next season before judging. If you're going to not support a club over one player the by all means don't support them.

      Commenter
      Go Blues
      Date and time
      May 05, 2014, 10:00AM
    • Nice way to miss the point *go blues*.

      The thing Carlton have never done successfully is plan ahead.. its always a quick fix.. This quick fix is sending us backwards. We have gone from a very competitive side under Ratten, to rubbish in 12 months under Dudhouse and all his mates he is bringing across to ensure they all get a good pay chq.. Stuff being competitive, that doesn't matter. I call it the Demons syndrome.

      Even the most adamant Blues supporter can see we are on the Nowheresville express...

      Brett Ratten - ALL IS FORGIVEN COME BACK

      Commenter
      Davo
      Location
      Langers
      Date and time
      May 05, 2014, 10:47AM
    • Davo, nothing will change at your club so long as supporters like you persist in scapegoating one or two players. Dale Thomas is a fantastic player. No, he might not be worth his pay packet, but he remains a fantastic and dynamic player who needs the time and space to get back to his best. But hey, if you want to simply apply a blowtorch to make yourself feel better, go ahead, but how about at least targeting some of the Carlton players who seemed genuinely disinterested in the contest? Bryce Gibbs might be one place to start. What about Lucas? Garlett? There are problems at Carlton, no doubt, but Daisy isn't one of them.

      Commenter
      Days to Come
      Location
      Here and There
      Date and time
      May 05, 2014, 11:33AM
    • Hi Davo, Strange performance given I thought he played a major role in the comeback against the Eagles. You can't help but wonder about his injury and whether it's ever going to allow him to reach the level he was back in 2010-11. Still don't think Mick is playing enough of the younger blokes, either.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      May 05, 2014, 12:10PM
  • Hi Rohan. As a Collingwood supporter I am both delighted at the win on Friday night but also concerned about the Magpies' ability to dominate teams by huge margins over a full four quarters. At 3-quarter time on Friday it was a perfect opportunity to kick on and notch up a victory of 14+ goals and fix their percentage woes after their awful start to the year.
    One would argue their last complete performance was against North Melbourne all the way back in Round 16, 2011. They're playing good footy but I would hate to see them miss the top-4 on the back of poor percentage.

    Commenter
    Bootley
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    May 05, 2014, 9:29AM
    • Bootley. I'm envious of your Pies. Can't see them matching the top 3 teams this year but gee wiz, your team has unearthed some very good young players and sadly I can see the pies being contenders in a year or two, and being a force for awhile

      Commenter
      Go Blues
      Date and time
      May 05, 2014, 10:15AM
    • It's going to happen when you have such an inexperienced backline in, it was a scrappy game all round, the Pies will need to better direct their fwd 50 entries if they're going to compete this year, but definitely heading in the right direction

      Commenter
      Dazza
      Date and time
      May 05, 2014, 11:01AM
    • Hi Bootley, Fair point, although they are ranked 4th at the moment for quarters won. They have been dropping away in the last term, though. Have won only two of them compared to four, five and six for first three terms.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      May 05, 2014, 12:14PM
  • Hi Rohan!
    I have an idea to try to reduce the congestion in footy.
    Six circles are drawn on the ground - each about 20-25 metres in diameter. They are spread evenly around each flank of the ground. Whenever a ball-up is called it must be done at the nearest circle (including the centre) and only the designated ruck and three other players from each team are allowed in the circle until the ball is thrown up (not bounced).
    This means that sometimes a team is disadvantaged by having the ball move away from their attacking end for a ball-up, but this should even out during the game.

    Commenter
    Baz
    Location
    Ballarat
    Date and time
    May 05, 2014, 9:49AM

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