Posted: 10 March, 2011
by Ronny Lerner
Eddie McGuire Says 12 AFL Teams Could Battle For Last Two Spots In Proposed Top 10 From 2012
Eddie McGuire reveals the most likely AFL finals system from 2012 onwards.
Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has told Triple M’s Hot Breakfast that as many as 12 AFL teams could be in contention for a finals spot each year from next season.
With the introduction of the GWS Giants in 2012, the structure of the finals system – which has been a top eight for the past 16 years – has come under scrutiny to cater for an 18-team competition.
And while a top 10 is being seriously considered by league powerbrokers, Eddie revealed that the ninth-, 10th-, 11th- and 12th-placed teams could fight for the last two spots in a ‘wildcard’ round at the end of the home-and-away season.
“What they’re thinking about is having the top eight (teams qualify for the finals automatically), but the last two (finals) positions would be played off in a playoff round which would be another round of football or a first (week of) finals,” Eddie told Triple M’s Hot Breakfast.
“So it’s a wildcard round like they have at the NFL ... So teams nine, 10, 11 and 12 would play off for the last two spots. They’ll be nice and sore, wouldn’t they?”
While Eddie believed the proposed ‘wildcard’ round would take its toll on the four teams involved, he did like the idea of keeping more teams interested in playing at their full capabilities for longer.
“It’s going to be onerous for those four teams to play an extra game given the fact they’re not the big teams anyway so the chances of getting up from eighth position is basically not existent, from 10th it’ll be harder but I don’t mind it,” Eddie said.
“I actually like the idea because it keeps teams going, there’s nothing worse than a 24-game season if by Round 11 half the teams are out of the competition and are running around in circles so it might be able to just give us a little bit of extra (quality matches) and for a team to make the finals is great.”
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