Wednesday, December 17
AFL conferences and divisions?
top tier sports competitions with too many clubs for a single-ladder
ranking, such as European soccer leagues and US pro sports, have
tried two ways of dealing with this: Euro-style vertical divisions
with promotion & relegation, or the standard US arrangement of dual
conferences and (mainly geographical) horizontal divisions. Each has
its potential problems.
Dropping bottom-of-the-ladder clubs down a division risks major
stadiums being almost deserted for a season while their tenant clubs
are stuck in Division Two: imagine Subiaco Oval with average WAFL
crowds for 20 weekends a season after West Coast & Fremantle
finished 17th and 18th the year before. Or the same with an 80%
empty Adelaide Oval while the Crows & the Power battled it out in
the SANFL. Or the MCG not hosting two of Carlton, Collingwood,
Essendon, Hawthorn, and Richmond. (NB: no dissing of anybody or any
In the typical American sports [Conference + Divisions] structure,
their NFL has a National Football Conference and an American
Football Conference, and each has North, South, East & West
Divisions, with the Division leaders qualifying automatically for
Week 1 of the NFL playoffs. Which is normally not a problem, except
for this year’s NFL season: with just two regular season games to
go, in one Division (NFC South) no team has a winning season, and in
another Division (AFC North) every team has a winning season. Which,
in turn, could mean that Carolina could make the playoffs with a W5
/ L10 / T1 regular season finish, and nine other teams with winning
seasons could miss out. ^
Yes, we can learn from foreigners and adopt and / or adapt what they
do, but only after due diligence and thoughtful examination. And
definitely not because of what 1950s literary scholar and great
Wesley College (Melbourne) English master A A Phillips called our
(Note that these standings can be viewed by Divisions, according to
Conferences, or in a whole-of-League layout.)
^ At least twice, VFL+AFL finals have included teams with losing H&A
records: 1995 – Brisbane W10 / L12, in Brisbane’s first Finals
series) and 1916 – Fitzroy W2 / L9 / D1, in a unique four-club
competition; other Footystats devotees may know of others.
Sydney Swans profit $846,871 on $46.5m turnover
Swans Limited have announced a profit of $846,871 for the 2014
is the Club’s fourth successive profit and was achieved with revenue
growth of just under nine per cent to $46.5m.
Sydney Swans Chairman Andrew Pridham on the club website said
by virtually all measures the Club had a great year both on and off
“Whilst we didn’t achieve the ultimate success we finished the home
and away season with the most wins in a season ever for this club,
we were minor premiers, and we played in two home finals,” he said.
“We exceeded 40,000 members for the first time and we had average
crowds of 38,716 watch our home games and a gross TV audience of
over 23 million" –
see also –
2014 financial results
Tuesday, December 16
ASADA batting first at Anti-Doping hearing
has opened its case against 34 past and present Essendon players and
sports scientist Stephen Dank before the AFL Anti-Doping
The AFL in a statement on Monday afternoon which contained nothing
which was said in court on the day noted ASADA's opening submissions
were expected to continue on Thursday and Friday before the
Anti-Doping Tribunal adjourns until January 12.
The Anti-Doping Tribunal, is being held without the presence of
media or public in the Victorian County Court in Melbourne.
Saturday, December 13
Supreme Court rejects ASADA bid to force Charter and Alavi
to front Anti-Doping Tribunal
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's application to subpoena
two witnesses to appear at an AFL tribunal over the Essendon
Football Club's supplement regime has failed in the Supreme Court.
The tribunal involving 34 current and past Essendon players is
scheduled to go ahead on Monday.
The ABC Grandstand webpage notes the players are
facing bans of up to two years if they are found guilty of taking
the banned peptide Thymosin beta-4 during the 2012 season.
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) had wanted to
compel Shane Charter and Nima Alavi to appear at the
tribunal to give evidence.
But the Supreme Court on Friday rejected its application –
Geelong re-sign Duncan, Caddy and Lonergan
players Mitch Duncan, Josh Caddy and Tom Lonergan
have all re-signed with Geelong in an off-season boost for the Cats.
Sport reports: With a year remaining on their current
contracts, Duncan and Caddy have both signed three-year deals which
will see them remain with the club until at least the end of 2018.
Lonergan, who also has a year remaining on his previous contract,
has signed a one-year contract extension, and will remain with
Geelong until at least the end of 2016.
Worth attention ...
Key news web sites to follow ...
The Age, Real Footy