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7 minutes ago, FritschyBusiness said:

Round 13 it returns with a vfl match on kayo/fox footy until then 

As I’m sure all AFL fans would attest, there’s nothing quite like watching your team win on a Thursday night (in this case, the mighty Deeeeez) then sitting back and watching the rabble battle it out for the remainder of the weekend. 😁

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Now for the survey on EAR SPLITTING ROCK MUSIC and INANE GROUND ANNOUNCEMENTS before games & between quarters.

In a rare case of common sense, it looks like the AFL will return to Thursday night announcement of teams (story on their website) which I expect will be met with widespread approval among Demonland p

Good to see the AFL is at least in touch with 5.5% of fans.   


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13 minutes ago, Sydney Pennski said:

Is the announcement of teams happening tonight?

Who would know.

But looking at the AFL crapsite there is this tile ATM:

https://www.afl.com.au/matches/team-lineups

It says underneath the tile:  announced 6:20 EST. 

However, it doesn't indicate which day. Of course

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I think I read somewhere that it'd be a couple weeks before Thursday night teams return

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2 hours ago, adonski said:

I think I read somewhere that it'd be a couple weeks before Thursday night teams return

Do we know why it will take a couple of weeks? 

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Having trouble contacting the Clubs.😂😂.????

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16 hours ago, P-man said:

Do we know why it will take a couple of weeks? 

LOL good question...    knew I should have held off on saying well done to the AFL for bringing it back.. when they didn't even do it last night.  Or next week apparently.

They cant do anything right.

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47 minutes ago, Pickett2Jackson said:

LOL good question...    knew I should have held off on saying well done to the AFL for bringing it back.. when they didn't even do it last night.  Or next week apparently.

They cant do anything right.

To be fair, the change back to Thursday night teams would require the Clubs' buy-in. None of the coaches would like this. They'd all like to announce the teams as they run out. So I would suggest this would need a little lead-in time and consultation. It's not as easy as the AFL making a change with no meaningful notice.

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45 minutes ago, Sydney_Demon said:

To be fair, the change back to Thursday night teams would require the Clubs' buy-in. None of the coaches would like this. They'd all like to announce the teams as they run out. So I would suggest this would need a little lead-in time and consultation. It's not as easy as the AFL making a change with no meaningful notice.

I’m still not sure why two weeks is required for clubs to get used to the idea. But oh well. “Consult” away.

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1 hour ago, Sydney_Demon said:

To be fair, the change back to Thursday night teams would require the Clubs' buy-in. None of the coaches would like this. They'd all like to announce the teams as they run out. So I would suggest this would need a little lead-in time and consultation. It's not as easy as the AFL making a change with no meaningful notice.

I see your point SD, I do  however enjoy kicking the AFL decision makers at every opportunity.

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2 hours ago, Sydney_Demon said:

To be fair, the change back to Thursday night teams would require the Clubs' buy-in. None of the coaches would like this. They'd all like to announce the teams as they run out. So I would suggest this would need a little lead-in time and consultation. It's not as easy as the AFL making a change with no meaningful notice.

Only one coach has come out publicly and said they don't like it and surprise, surprise, it's the "slick-back sook" Chris Scott:
https://player.whooshkaa.com/episode?id=824030&t=3m17s (scroll to the bottom and press play for the audio)

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50 minutes ago, dice said:

Only one coach has come out publicly and said they don't like it and surprise, surprise, it's the "slick-back sook" Chris Scott:
https://player.whooshkaa.com/episode?id=824030&t=3m17s (scroll to the bottom and press play for the audio)

I think to be fair if they did an anonymous poll of the coaches it would very likely be in favour of the “don’t like it” category. 

It’s one of those things that I don’t think the AFL expected fans to miss, but it’s part of the ritual of the week of footy. They should have done this poll before the season to make this call. And if they bring it back and clubs refuse to cooperate, just fine them.

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23 hours ago, adonski said:

I think I read somewhere that it'd be a couple weeks before Thursday night teams return

Does this mean it will take a couple of weeks to announce tmrws team?

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Thursday night team announcement officially back from round 10 (ie. next week).  It's beyond me why they couldn't have re-introduced this fan favourite earlier, but at least it's finally happening.

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Why round 10 and not round 9? Like how much notice do you need to give clubs? As if they don’t know by Thursday who they are picking. FFS. 

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My sentiments exactly, Jaded.  This press release from AFL Headquarters may help explain things.

A WIN FOR FANS WITH LATEST BRAVE DECISION

19 minutes ago - available via the app

Staff writer - 11 May 2021

Widely regarded for noble acts of selflessness, the AFL has continued to put fans first, taking a bold step in permitting Thursday night team announcements once again.

League headquarters have been working frantically to solve a problem they created.

The outcry from fans prompted the courageous decision.

An administrator could not hide his delight today, when asked for comment.

‘We are just so thrilled to deliver the fans what they ask for. It’s one way to show just how much we value your contribution to our game, especially the financial one.’

The announcement finally landed after yesterday’s announcement about the announcement, and the announcement last week to announce that.

The reintroduction does however, require teams to name their entire roster on Thursday evenings, with the final team decided seven minutes before the start of the match.

‘Yeah look it will present a great challenge to teams, selecting a side so close to the bounce, but we encourage this, it really fits with the league’s theme of making rushed decisions on the fly.’

This comes after the league made an equally heroic decision to return full-length quarters in 2021, irrespective of the fact this was the case for 25 years prior.

‘It is fundamentally about showing the fans how important they are. Not quite as much as our corporate partners and key stakeholders, but trust me - your views count,’ the executive claimed.

‘You are critical in ensuring our fat bonuses are paid…errr I mean, that our game continues to thrive.’

The league pointed to the incredibly successful introduction of behavioural awareness officers at matches, spying on fans, purely to understand what they really want.

'That is the sole reason we have employed these people at our venues…they are listening to every word you say.'

 

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2 hours ago, Demonland said:

 

It's ironic that they make this announcement 9 days in advance of it being implemented

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I've been trying to work out why the delay to Round 10. Possible reasons might be:

  • something to do with commitments to broadcast partners?
  • something to do with commitments to sponsors?
  • Steve Hocking has to sign off on the decision, can't find his pen and the next delivery of pens is not until the week before Round 10?
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On 5/6/2021 at 9:14 PM, P-man said:

Do we know why it will take a couple of weeks? 

It’s the AFL they won’t make money out of this change so it is far from the top of list of things to be done. 

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1 hour ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

I've been trying to work out why the delay to Round 10. Possible reasons might be:

  • something to do with commitments to broadcast partners?
  • something to do with commitments to sponsors?
  • Steve Hocking has to sign off on the decision, can't find his pen and the next delivery of pens is not until the week before Round 10?

Sounds about right. 

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2 hours ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

I've been trying to work out why the delay to Round 10. Possible reasons might be:

  • something to do with commitments to broadcast partners?
  • something to do with commitments to sponsors?
  • Steve Hocking has to sign off on the decision, can't find his pen and the next delivery of pens is not until the week before Round 10?

NRL clubs have been announcing teams on Tuesdays for years. Not sure why it is so hard for AFL clubs to commit to Thursdays.

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Cannot understand the delay. Just do it, no notice required. All the clubs need to do is look at the list and rule some out. They will not supply a final  side but a list of names for the side to be selected from. Could be done by the work experience kid. I do not value the quality of the information but am happy to have it.

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11 minutes ago, ManDee said:

Cannot understand the delay. Just do it, no notice required. All the clubs need to do is look at the list and rule some out. They will not supply a final  side but a list of names for the side to be selected from. Could be done by the work experience kid. I do not value the quality of the information but am happy to have it.

I agree. But the real value is that it provides the formal mental start to the weekend's football. The fact that there is this announcement, whether people get it via TV, radio, online, social media, etc has the effect of being the starter's pistol getting the weekend of football off and running.

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