Let the game evolve

THERE is a growing concern over certain trends in our game at AFL level. 

We have senior commentators calling for change to avoid parts of our games becoming ‘mauls’ or ‘rolling packs’.

There was also a time when Andrew Demetriou labelled Sydney a boring side before their style was called fierce and competitive and good enough to win a premiership and nearly two.

There is a really simple answer and it is not to overreact with a rule change that elite coaches will find a way to exploit.

LET FOOTY EVOLVE. 

I get frustrated with people who compare games from the 1980’s to today. 

What people don’t understand is when we see a replay of a game from days gone by, it is one considered a classic or a game with a premiership on the line. 

If we watched a game of St Kilda, Richmond, Brisbane or Fitzroy from the late 80’s, it would be horrendous to watch. 

If we watched a game of St Kilda, Richmond, Brisbane or Fitzroy from the late 80’s, it would be horrendous to watch.

It would be a game with less skill, fitness and pace in comparison to any teams would produce today.

If we compared Monday’s Hawthorn versus Geelong game to any going back, it stands up. 

It was physical, if not brutal as a contest, yet it had elite skill, individual brilliance and genuine one on one contests.

What does this tell us – teams with a balanced approach to attack and defence are leading the way and continue to win premierships. 

Geelong’s attacking run off half back in their premierships was unstoppable and Hawthorn and Geelong have the balance spot on in 2014.

Collingwood and Port Adelaide are looking like the teams most likely behind these two, as they run hard and have highly skilled players. 

Yes, defence is critical and yes it wins premierships – but only a team prepared to attack and hurt the opposition when the opportunity presents will reign supreme.

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