AFL CHANGES FATHER SON RULE TO DISARM
CATS; ATTACK ON TRADITION CONTINUES
By Ben Jensen ON ANZAC DAY, THE AFL has disgracefully announced it has changed the Father Son rule yet again, in an attempt to prevent teams such as Geelong maintaining sentimentalism and links with the past. Other clubs, primarily 'interstate' teams who joined the competition under a set of rules they agreed to meet, have long bleated about Geelong's recruits in Matthew Scarlett, Tom Hawkins, Gary Ablett and Nathan Ablett under the Father Son rule. "It ain't fair", they claim.
According to the AFL, the new system will work as follows:
In the case of boon recruit Tom Hawkins, it means the Cats would most likely have missed out on Joel Selwood. Selwood was taken with Geelong's first draft choice, that would almost certainly have been used to draft Hawkins. For less highly rated players such as Tim Callan it would mean the Cats probably wouldn't have bothered with recruiting him under the father-son rule, if it meant they were bound to 'match' any other club's bid just to recruit him to the club.
Geelong supporters are rightly outraged, as will their fellow supporters at other Victorian clubs when they become aware of the news. Of course, the requirements will vary for interstate clubs. Initial reactions were as follows:
Wayne33 : "..so in a way where does that now leave the players has to play a certain mount of games, I think that games standard may need to be abolished?"
bros: "@#%$ wits, fix something else that aint broke."
travelbug1: "... hmm wonder what would have happened HAD the clokes shaws of this world been of the talent of scarlett ablett? Imagine the complaints from eddie and malthouse" Ed Note: I agree; Funny how the AFL issues a presser at three minutes to twelve on the eve of an ANZAC Day match when his holiness Ed McGuire is busy with other duties
Kevcat: "Had we not had father-son picks---Scarlettt-Ablett---I
suspect we would have finished low enough to have a priority pick---and
that is the greatest rort of all.
AFL PRESS RELEASE
AFL Football Operations Manager Adrian Anderson today announced the AFL Commission had approved a bidding system for Father / Son Draft Selections at its meeting in Brisbane last week.
Mr Anderson said the Commission had approved the changes to the Father / Son rules, after flagging its intention to consider a bidding system in April 2006 and calling for club feedback on the competition's rules and drafting procedures in January earlier this year.
"The AFL has long held the view that the father / son rule must be maintained in our game as our fans strongly identify with the sons of former champions coming to the club that their father represented with distinction," Mr Anderson said.
"From the time that Ron Barassi junior came to Melbourne in the early 1950s, supporters of all clubs have had a special interest in the son of a former great and that continues today with more than 25 players currently listed across our clubs as father-son selections, including such players as Jonathan Brown, Jarrad Waite, Rhyce and Heath Shaw, Jobe Watson, Brett Peake, Gary and Nathan Ablett, Brett Ebert, Joel Bowden and Luke Darcy.
"Equally, the key planks of our competition in the AFL Draft and the Total Player Payment Rules under the salary cap aim to equalise the 16 clubs, and it has become increasingly apparent that strong father / son selections can have a significant impact on a club's fortunes whereby a considerable benefit is received if a highly-rated player is not drafted at his market value.
"The AFL wishes to retain the strong history of
the father / son tradition at AFL clubs, while also recognising that
players taken with these selections should be chosen at their appropriate
market value in the year they are eligible to be drafted," he said.
A club with an eligible father / son draftee declares its intention to select that player at the upcoming NAB AFL Draft that year;
Each other club in the competition then has the option to bid which round selection it may use on that player, if they were to select him;
The club with the father / son selection must then use its next available selection, after the lowest-choice bid made by any rival club, to confirm its choice of that player at the Draft.
Mr Anderson said all clubs who wished to bid on a father-son selection were bound by the choice they nominated, meaning:
1. If no rival bid was made by any club, the father
/ son selection is chosen with the last pick of that club in the draft.
Mr Anderson said the adjustment that a club could take
a father-son nomination with their last pick, if no other club made
a bid for that player, aimed to enable a greater willingness for clubs
to choose the sons of former greats, when previously they may not have
used a compulsory round three selection for that choice.
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