Well, what a season. The Dingoes and the Sons of God took of the
titles in the end and now enjoy the off season. As
we’ve mentioned a couple of times over the years
we’re always looking at improving the AFR experience
so that we can say we’re better than the rest. If
you’ve spoken to me over the past few weeks you’ll
know that we’re all looking forward to the 2009
season starting (believe it or not the off season is
when the AFR keeps me busy).
If you’ve listened to the podcast
you’ll now know what the major announcement is, if
you haven’t then stay tuned!! Before I get to that,
this season we messed around with the fixture to try
and make things interesting – although it seemed to
work ok we believe it’s probably fairer that
everyone plays each other before the MSD. So next
year we’ll change a couple of things:
Round 1 & 18 – will be replays of the pervious
season Grand Finals and grudge matches
Round 9 & 10 – will be a double header round
Everyone will play each other before the MSD
Ok ... So what’s the major change? As of the 2009 Season we’re
introducing a Bench (emergency) player. This request
has been raised a couple of times over the years but
during the season Steve Hooker came up with a
suggestion that planted the seed for this change. We
understand that not everyone sits down and listens
to the radio and watches the internet to see who is
in and out each weekend – but we didn’t want to
penalise people that do so … this is the new rule.
Each team can name 1 additional player to their
starting line-up; this will be called a Bench
If the Bench player is used during the round
then they will get 25% taken from the players
score: for example – Kerr is named at Bench and
is called up in to the midfield he gets 15 kicks
his score for the position will be 11.25.
Bench player scores will be rounded up; using
the example above the final score will be 11.3.
If a Manager selects a Bench player in round 1
this will be the Bench player until we’re
advised other wise (like what happens with the
team each week).
If a Manager decides to name a Bench player
NO other changes can be made to this team
over the weekend. If a Bench player is not named
the Manager can make as many changes as they
like. However if a player pulls out in the late
Sunday game and they have no one to replace them
– bad luck.
If a Bench player was previously selected and
the following round the Manager would like to
make changes “on the fly” you need to advise us
when naming your team to un-select the bench
player. If you don’t, please see point 4.
By introducing this rule we’re hoping that this will allow people
to enjoy the AFR more and also cut down on the games
lost by teams by small margins because a players
pulls out. Over the coming weeks Steve or myself
will update the AFR Constitution and I’ll re-post it
on the website if you’d like to have a look at all
of the “rules”.
Do you like the new rule? Or hate it? Let us know.
Thanks again everyone for a successful 2008 season, we hope
everyone has a Merry, and more importantly
safe, Christmas … we’ve only got (approx) 170 days
until the NAB Cup starts.
Andrew Caple & Steve Watson