How should we play? League trend is “slow boring football”

Really interesting article on Fox Footy about the game and the current way it is played. We, without a doubt are one of the more exciting teams to watch when we are on, but that style also leads to getting some floggings every now and then.

So how would we like to play? Obviously our style right now is not capable of winning a flag, but are we good enough to try and play a slower and defensive style of game?

Hey, AFL fans — prepare for more ‘slow, boring’ footy. You’ll have to force yourself to like it
AFL
Ben Waterworth
February 24, 2020 8:00am
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Source: FOX SPORTS

We could be seeing slower ball movement and lower scores in 2020. Picture: Michael DodgeSource: Getty Images

Two AFL greats fear the low scoring trend that has recently engulfed the game could worsen in 2020 – and fans might have no choice but to put up with “slow, boring ball movement”.
Despite a raft of rule changes that were initially intended to help boost goalkicking numbers, AFL scoring reached a historic low in 2019, with the average team registering just 80.4 points per match – the lowest since 1967 (78.8).

The AFL said its rule changes, such as six-six-six starting positions and the ability for defenders to take quicker kick-ins, had improved the “appearance” of the game, while it was generally happy with the array of close games.

But dual premiership Kangaroo David King said some teams’ tactics, particularly during the back-end of the season, was dull to watch and often led to lower scoreboard tallies.

“I think the league’s got a real concern with the back-half of last season and seeing teams like Geelong and North Melbourne exiting the backline and slowing the game down. They’re basically taking minutes off the clock, not costing scores on turnover,” King told foxfooty.com.au.

“Scoring’s falling through the floor, so if that’s what we want, then that’s fine. Let’s embrace that it’s going to be around 75 points each. We very rarely get the odd game that’s 120 points to 110 – and that’s because there’s almost a reward for going slow. They don’t fear the boundary line.

“I think the biggest concern is slow, boring ball movement.”

Asked if he enjoyed watching games with team tallies around the 75-point mark, King said: “You have to force yourself to like it. It’s just one of those things where it’s a taste no one wanted to acquire, but you’ve got no other option.”

Dual All-Australian and Saints champion Leigh Montagna said the slower, safer style that has crept into the game often gave younger or less gifted sides a better chance of winning.

“The style of footy that some of the teams are playing now is playing safe with the ball, wide, kick long and be organised behind the ball so you don’t get scored against. That is going to be something that will continue to happen, because it gives the teams that aren’t as talented a chance and it’s going to continue to contribute to low scores,” Montagna told foxfooty.com.au.

The AFL has opted not to introduce any new rules for the 2020 season – a move Montagna liked, as more tweaks won’t necessarily lead to quicker ball movement and bigger scores. But that’s because the modern game is focused on “defending while you’ve got the ball”.

Montagna said it’s incumbent on coaches around the league to play to introduce more aggressive tactics, which will lead to more entertaining games.

“You can make all the rule changes in the world, but unless coaches implement a more attacking game style, you’re never going to see high scoring in the next couple of seasons,” he said.

“Will there be a couple of teams that actually try and break the mould and play aggressive? Or do the coaches not have the nerve to play like a Richmond are doing? Not many other teams are playing that way.

“I’m not sure other new coaches will have the nerve. If you think about it, Rhyce Shaw and the Kangaroos played a safe, build-the-ball-in-the-front-half style – and Carlton did it. Brett Ratten is going to play a kicking, controlling style of game (at St Kilda) … (Justin) Longmuir might let Fremantle play a little bit, just to break the shackles from Ross’ style, but I’m not sure they’re necessarily going to be a high scoring team.”

Keep playing our brand of football but use the boundary line more so than just the corridor, only if the corridor is on then only use it.

There are a couple of other significant factors at play here as well. since players have become fitter, defenders are now ble to run our games better than ever before. That means more repeat efforts in defence. It also means that great KPFs will become an even rarer commodity in the future. The scales have been tipped in favour of defence. This coupled with the fear of losing will produce even more pressure on teams to prevent scoring.

l do applaud the decision not to bring in any more rule changes. This allows the game to evolve, and coaches to plan for longer than one season, rather than being off balance trying to make adjustments that allow for changes in rules and loopholes to be examined for exploitation.

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Well.

We should play well.

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To me and this is across the comp is the time spent with defenders and defensive structures when compared to forwards and their structures. Even the responsibilities, defenders will get dropped if they don’t follow the system yet there’s leeway with forwards.
Clubs need to knuckle down and have an emphasis on inside 50 output.
Goal kicking under 50%, scoring 20% from inside 50’s. Shots within 30 metres should be the same as hitting a green with a wedge. You can’t blame fatigue for kicks from within that distance when it only requires a gentle kick. The other issue is the training of this, everyone kicks from 40+ metres. Again golf as the example no one becomes better purely practising on their long game. You need to build your base and consistently work on technique and consistency at medium to short distance.
Improve both accuracy and forward 50 entries by just 10% and that leads to 4-5 goals.

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Yes yes. We really should try to do the Football good.

I feel like there are plenty of games where the victor scores over a hundred, and the ones that don’t are either Freo, Sydney, or just not very good, which is going to happen when you have 18 teams.

It’s very much become a territory game. Get it in the forward line, lock it in there, set up behind the ball so the opposition can’t exit and get repeat entries until you score. We play the polar opposite to that. Run off half-back, attack the corridor, play at pace. You have to be very, very good to win consistently playing that style without the forward pressure/contested game. I love when we are up and about and play that way, thrilling to watch, but clearly we aren’t able to sustain it to have any form of success with it. We should still have that as a part of our play, where we can go quick and have a chance to counter attack, but without being tough in the clinches we won’t be able to get ourselves into the top 4, win finals and give ourselves a chance at the ultimate…

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I think it’s our skill level that holds us back not the contested side of our game.

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GWS play our brand of footy.

They can just get away with it.

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In that case we need to change our brand immediately.

We simply cannot amass the level of talent on our list that they have. Plus, even with that talent they haven’t won the thing yet.

Took the word out of my mouth.

I’ll add hard.

I long for the days of uncompromising 99/00 dont take a step back football (within the new interpretations of the same rules :roll_eyes:)

I’m going to reserve judgement until I see Irish consistently get the ball in his hands forward of centre rather than off the half back line.

I did the last five years and then got bored, but I suspect it stops being this direct.
Total 100+ scores / Games where both sides scored 100+/ %age of games with at least one 100+
2015: 127 / 8 / 60%
2016: 134 / 12 / 61%
2017: 127 / 7 / 60%
2018: 109 / 7 / 51%
2019: 81 / 3 / 39%

Edit: I screwed up 2015, I had it too high.

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Yep, that’s pretty conclusive.
I have to say I didn’t notice such a drop last year, so it can’t bother me too much.
But now I think about it, goalless or even scoreless quarters seem to be a lot more common now.

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Geez all those rule changes lead to increased scoring then.

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I did screw up 2015 initially, so it’s a little less dramatic, but the drop in the last two years is still pronounced.

I suspect the jump in 2016 is mostly how bad we were in particular. Maybe the lions, too.

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That’s a dramatic drop in both the last two years.

I got this.

(Anyone care to explain why the fifties and sixties were so miserable?!? Apart from Menzies, of course.)

Percentage of games with at least one 100+

Total 100+ scores / Games where both sides scored 100+/ %age of games with at least one 100+

1897-2019: 9454 / 1456 / 51%

1897: 2 / 0 / 3%
1898: 3 / 0 / 4%
1899: 4 / 0 / 6%
1900: 3 / 0 / 4%
1901: 6 / 0 / 8%
1902: 4 / 0 / 6%
1903: 3 / 0 / 4%
1904: 3 / 0 / 4%
1905: 3 / 0 / 4%
1906: 7 / 0 / 10%
1907: 4 / 0 / 6%
1908: 6 / 0 / 6%
1909: 6 / 0 / 6%
1910: 7 / 0 / 7%
1911: 8 / 0 / 9%
1912: 7 / 0 / 7%
1913: 8 / 0 / 9%
1914: 13 / 0 / 14%
1915: 10 / 0 / 13%
1916: 1 / 0 / 4%
1917: 1 / 0 / 2%
1918: 5 / 0 / 8%
1919: 10 / 0 / 13%
1920: 18 / 0 / 24%
1921: 8 / 0 / 11%
1922: 10 / 0 / 13%
1923: 9 / 0 / 12%
1924: 13 / 2 / 14%
1925: 25 / 0 / 24%
1926: 36 / 3 / 29%
1927: 32 / 0 / 29%
1928: 46 / 3 / 38%
1929: 42 / 2 / 36%
1930: 51 / 3 / 43%
1931: 38 / 3 / 31%
1932: 46 / 2 / 39%
1933: 57 / 6 / 46%
1934: 81 / 14 / 60%
1935: 78 / 16 / 55%
1936: 79 / 15 / 57%
1937: 68 / 5 / 56%
1938: 78 / 14 / 57%
1939: 91 / 16 / 67%
1940: 70 / 12 / 52%
1941: 84 / 14 / 63%
1942: 55 / 6 / 58%
1943: 40 / 4 / 43%
1944: 60 / 4 / 50%
1945: 64 / 4 / 48%
1946: 79 / 9 / 59%
1947: 71 / 5 / 56%
1948: 59 / 5 / 45%
1949: 46 / 2 / 37%
1950: 54 / 5 / 44%
1951: 34 / 3 / 28%
1952: 23 / 1 / 19%
1953: 24 / 0 / 21%
1954: 30 / 2 / 25%
1955: 33 / 0 / 29%
1956: 27 / 2 / 22%
1957: 31 / 2 / 26%
1958: 35 / 2 / 29%
1959: 43 / 1 / 38%
1960: 23 / 1 / 20%
1961: 24 / 0 / 21%
1962: 31 / 1 / 27%
1963: 36 / 0 / 32%
1964: 22 / 1 / 19%
1965: 31 / 3 / 25%
1966: 46 / 3 / 38%
1967: 48 / 5 / 38%
1968: 62 / 8 / 44%
1969: 99 / 16 / 67%
1970: 85 / 11 / 54%
1971: 101 / 15 / 63%
1972: 106 / 17 / 64%
1973: 116 / 19 / 70%
1974: 103 / 17 / 62%
1975: 104 / 16 / 64%
1976: 116 / 24 / 67%
1977: 138 / 37 / 73%
1978: 153 / 43 / 80%
1979: 162 / 46 / 84%
1980: 159 / 49 / 80%
1981: 129 / 30 / 72%
1982: 177 / 57 / 87%
1983: 150 / 38 / 81%
1984: 148 / 36 / 81%
1985: 150 / 41 / 79%
1986: 136 / 27 / 79%
1987: 177 / 47 / 81%
1988: 141 / 29 / 70%
1989: 133 / 27 / 66%
1990: 147 / 23 / 77%
1991: 168 / 39 / 75%
1992: 177 / 36 / 82%
1993: 171 / 39 / 84%
1994: 142 / 23 / 68%
1995: 148 / 21 / 69%
1996: 146 / 17 / 70%
1997: 124 / 12 / 61%
1998: 136 / 23 / 61%
1999: 155 / 27 / 69%
2000: 199 / 43 / 84%
2001: 161 / 27 / 72%
2002: 148 / 27 / 65%
2003: 138 / 18 / 65%
2004: 142 / 13 / 70%
2005: 156 / 26 / 70%
2006: 134 / 13 / 65%
2007: 153 / 32 / 65%
2008: 169 / 26 / 77%
2009: 140 / 18 / 66%
2010: 134 / 11 / 66%
2011: 148 / 13 / 69%
2012: 153 / 12 / 68%
2013: 169 / 23 / 71%
2014: 120 / 6 / 55%
2015: 127 / 8 / 58%
2016: 134 / 12 / 59%
2017: 127 / 7 / 58%
2018: 109 / 7 / 49%
2019: 81 / 3 / 38%

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