AFL 360 host Gerard Whateley has suggested a play-in for this year’s final series as a “protective measure”, as Covid restrictions have hit certain teams harder. other teams, making the game unfair.
GWS and Sydney will likely have to spend the last two months of the interstate season and be forced to play a Round 18 derby on Sunday night despite losing players an hour before the game due to having to Attending Covid exposure sites in Melbourne.
The Giants have played just six real home games this season – four at Giants Stadium and two in Canberra – and have left New South Wales since round 15. They are currently based in Queensland, alongside the Swans. , and is unlikely to return home in the near future.
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Essendon is also currently in Queensland playing NSW teams, and will end up playing 11 games outside of Victoria – a similar disadvantage to non-Victoria games in a normal year – but without the downside of teams posting. cai, who had to fly interstate.
They are set to end the year with just two games in Melbourne against an interstate rival – Round 9 and Round 17 wins over Fremantle and Adelaide respectively.
Likewise, the Saints have only hosted two interstate teams this year, but as long as Melbourne’s stalemate doesn’t last, will be able to host Sydney and Fremantle in the final three rounds.
“I think there’s a risk, as we sit here now, that a team miss out by eight because of the table they were dealt,” Whateley said on Fox Footy’s AFL 360.
“Instead, we always say ‘no, you have 22 games to sort it out’. It’s an easy mindset to tell from here, because it’s imperative to finish matches and complete the season. But I think somewhere there is a bridge too far for a team.”
He proposes a play-in or wildcard, where Saturday will play 10th and eighth will play ninth, to decide the final two places before the scheduled finals begin.
“I can give you a safety blanket if you want. And that would be, don’t worry about the idea of what a wildcard is around the world – it’s simply a play-in round, or a wildcard round, where 7 will play 10 and 8 will play 9, Whateley said.
“We acknowledge that the Giants have been forever on the road, Essendon have played as many away games as they have played at home. We’re going, you know, it’s not a fair run, so what we’re going to do is we’re going to phase two games to find out who gets the last two places at the end. . That would be a protective measure. “
HOW WOULD BE WATCH IF THE SEASON ENDS NOW
Knockout Round (before the bye final round)
West Coast (7th) to host Fremantle (10th)
Essendon (8th) hosts Richmond (9th)
Week 1 of the finals
Melbourne (first place) takes on Port Adelaide (4th place)
Western Bulldogs (2nd) host Geelong (3rd)
Brisbane (5th place) to host the Essendon / Richmond
Sydney (6th) to host West Coast / Fremantle wins
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