I NEVER want to see another AFL draw.
The 10 minutes of can’t-look-away adrenaline filled extra-time entertainment that West Coast and Port Adelaide provided last weekend was proof every regular season and finals game should be settled on the day, where one team wins and the other loses.
The AFL Commission voted in April 2016 to eliminate grand final draws, and that all nine finals would be decided by extra time.
But they now need to take the final step.
Draws are always flat. The players don’t know how to react, the fans certainly go home empty handed. At home, there is no song for the TV viewers.
It’s a bit like opening a Christmas present in a giant, gift-wrapped box only to discover it’s embroidered hankies and Brut. Sorry Nana.
Now I know that in the home-and-away rounds there is a next week, unless it is round 23, but it would add even more drama.
If teams are not good enough to get the job done during normal time, then play extra time until it’s settled.
This season alone we would have had three extra-time scenarios to talk about during the home-andaway season, in round 15 (GWS and Geelong), in round 16 (Hawthorn and GWS) and round 19 (Collingwood and Adelaide).
If these games were decided on the day it would have changed the make up of the top eight, maybe even the top four.
If GWS lost both matches they would have ended the season on 56 points and dropped to sixth on the AFL table; if they had won both matches they would have moved into the top two and Geelong would have finished fourth.
It would have meant that in the first week of finals Adelaide would have played Geelong at the Adelaide Oval and GWS would have played Richmond at Spotless Stadium. There would have not been one final in Melbourne in the first two weeks of finals.
How would the Victorians have handled that I wonder?
For the broadcaster, fans and other major stakeholders, extra time would add another dynamic, a true test of mental skill and endurance.