Did the survey,but what a lame excuse for one it was. No serious questions to find out what we really think...like was the introduction of the AFL reserves a positive or negative move. Would you like them to continue or be removed from the league? Except for the Grand Final should all other finals be played at suburban grounds with home advantage like the AFL? I don't think the SANFL board could organise a r**t in a brothel frankly.
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It was very wishy, washy. Who do you barrack for, who is the best player in the comp, who is the best coach, etc.
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TAAARS wrote:Did the survey,but what a lame excuse for one it was. No serious questions to find out what we really think...like was the introduction of the AFL reserves a positive or negative move. Would you like them to continue or be removed from the league? Except for the Grand Final should all other finals be played at suburban grounds with home advantage like the AFL? I don't think the SANFL board could organise a r**t in a brothel frankly.
Eloquently put TAAARS. This should have been used to find out what fans/members really thought. Admittedly there were a few good questions and the opportunity to select 'other' and then write comments allowed us to give our thoughts on a couple of issues. However, this was a missed opportunity by the SANFL. Was it important to know who we thought was the best coach/player in the competition was? TAAARS is spot on with his/her comments.
We have had two seasons with the AFL Reserves teams in the competition, so the time is right to find out what supporters of the stand alone clubs think of the experiment. It would be damaging to the competition if either of the AFL Reserves team won a flag. The purpose of the Reserves teams was to provide these clubs with the opportunity to develop a particular style of play/game plan at the highest possible level, and also to provide players returning from injury to become match hardened. This was their primary purpose, not to win games necessarily. Of course they should be able to compete for premiership points, otherwise these games would simply become trial matches and lack any real intensity. Potentially, it is good practice for SANFL clubs to pit themselves against AFL listed players. However, this doesn't work out evenly. When the Crows Reserves team was at 'full strength' late in the season they were almost unstoppable. Podsiadly kicked 20 goals in the final two games and almost won the Ken Farmer medal. Had they snuck into the five, what might have happened? Tim Giniver's comments on the Recovery Session after we beat Port were interesting. He said that Port needed to get back to playing 'finals type footy' rather than chipping the ball around. He also said something along the lines of, what was dished up today was unacceptable. Garry Hocking also said something similar when commenting on the game. The following week, Butcher and Amon were added to the team after playing for Port Power the previous week. Why? Were they developing players or coming back from injury? It begs the question, are the Reserves teams there to practice a particular game plan/style of play or win finals matches? I think the Reserves teams are here to stay. The best compromise is to allow them to play the home and away season for premiership points, but exclude them from finals action. If this were the case, it would make sense to return to a final four. It is imperative that the stand alone clubs have the opportunity to experience success. Unlike AFL clubs which are rewarded for mediocrity with first round draft picks, SANFL clubs are not. Furthermore, they struggle to survive financially or attract healthy crowd numbers, which leads to my second point also mentioned by TAARS.
Crowd numbers at Adelaide Oval during the finals have been disappointing. Low numbers in a venue this size detract from the spectacle, which is a real shame as the quality of the football played has been very high. If these finals had been played at suburban grounds then the atmosphere would have been electric. Why shouldn't the higher finishing team be rewarded with a home final. This would help promote grass roots football in local communities. This would provide a much better spectacle than an empty Adelaide Oval. The GF could still be played at Adelaide Oval as GF numbers are sufficient.
There are a wide range of issues that could have been included in this survey if someone had taken the time and effort to write a decent one. If the SANFL want the competition to survive and flourish, then they should make a real effort to find out what the members/supporters of clubs think.
Go you Mighty Bloods. May the Force be with you.
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Very well said Bruce, I agree wholeheartedly! I agree with TAAARS also!
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