AFL clubs to hear league revamp proposal
THE Alberton Football League (AFL) could look to a new system in upcoming seasons to help stop the increasing inequality between clubs.
AFL vice-president Jimmy Harry has drawn up the idea, which he is currently calling the JH Method.
And while it has not yet been officially marketed, Mr Harry has spoken to a few clubs about the idea.
The proposal would see a Division One and Two grand final played out in every grade of football and netball each year.
The JH Method would see each club play against every team once in the first 13 rounds of the year, before being split into Divisions One and Two.
The top seven teams would compile the top group, and the bottom six would be the second.
The final six games of the year are only played as intra-divisional matches.
Each year the divisions are refreshed, which will see all 13 teams with a chance to win the top prize as always.
Grand finals are played out in each division, with 20 premiers crowned across the 10 grades of football and netball.
Jimmy Harry has put years of thought into the scheme, coming up with the fairest, most rewarding system.
“I’ve been looking at it for years. People have been talking about the competition and the draw for quite some time,” he said.
“Young kids are thinking they don’t want to play in the thirds because they think they’re going to get smashed.”
“In the end it takes away from Senior football because they move away. They have no incentive to stay. There’s nothing more demoralising than continually getting flogged.”
Mr Harry said matches late in the season have seen a drop in attendance, as well as the standard.
“By about Round 18 they (the lower placed clubs) are dragging their heels waiting for the season to finish. If they’re playing against other teams in the bottom six, whether or not they have to travel a big distance, at least they’ve got a chance of winning a game,” he said.
“As far as supporter base goes it’s going to help them, they want to see their team win. At least they’ll get to watch an evenly matched game.”
Mr Harry says he has already sparked interest with battling club the Allies.
“The Allies have had the proposal put to them properly, and they have already unanimously voted on the concept, straight away.”
Yarram, who were threatening to leave the league not long ago, will be the next club to sit down and discuss the idea.
And Mr Harry believes it won’t just be the weaker clubs jumping on board with this decision.
“I couldn’t see why (the stronger clubs) wouldn’t jump on board. Every year every club has the right to win a Division One senior premiership,” he said.
“It’s fair, and everyone gets a fresh start the next year. If you played away one year you get that one home the next year. It’s a really fair setup. It won’t affect the top clubs anyway.”
“If you’ve got a team who never win anything but they’ve got five or six decent kids, they might finish eighth on the ladder but at least they’re playing off in a division two grand final.”
The JH Method at a glance
• Teams play each other once in the first 13 rounds.
• The top seven teams are then made into Division 1. The bottom six is Division 2.
• The final six games of the year are played only amongst teams in the same division.
• Teams will then play finals and vie for a spot in either a Division 1 or 2 grand final.
• There are four grand finalists and two premiership teams in each grade of football and netball.
• The divisions are then cleared and every team starts the next season as equals.
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