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AFL considers late-season rule change trial but greats of the game doubt it’s a smart move

Staff writers, July 26, 2018 8:08AM News Corp Australia Network

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AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan. Picture: Luke Bowden media_cameraAFL CEO Gillon McLachlan. Picture: Luke Bowden


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AFL: The AFL has left the door open for a radical* late-season trial of new rules, as greats of the game attacked the move.

Leigh Matthews, Matthew Lloyd, Cameron Ling and Matthew Richardson said league bosses were weakening the integrity* of the national game.

Four-time premiership coach Matthews said: “It seems demeaning* to me, a bit like it’s demeaning the game.”

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan shocked fans yesterday with the idea of premiership matches being played in the coming weeks using test rules such as starting positions for players after goals and cuts to interchange rotations.

AFL football boss Steve Hocking described the changes as “game adjustments” rather than rule changes, but confirmed “guinea pig”* games were a possibility for three matches from Rounds 21-23 involving teams out of the finals.

Hands up if you’re playing in the Caribbean? Steve Smith will play in the Premier League. media_cameraHands up if you’re playing in the Caribbean? Steve Smith will play in the Premier League.

CRICKET: Suspended Australia captain Steve Smith has signed with the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League as a replacement for Shakib Al Hasan.

Smith is serving a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal* during a Test series in South Africa in March that caused great disruption to the Australian team. The world’s No. 1-ranked Test cricket batsman is banned from playing first-class cricket for Australia or his province but is allowed to play at the club level and has recently participated in a Twenty20 competition in Canada.

Time wasting is becoming an issue in the NRL. media_cameraTime wasting is becoming an issue in the NRL.

NRL: Rugby league greats and current stars have called for a drop in the number of on-field stoppages, saying it is killing the game.

A Daily Telegraph investigation showed the ball was in play for just 49 minutes and 48 seconds during Sunday’s match between Manly and Sydney Roosters at Brookvale Oval.

That meant 30 minutes and 12 seconds of wasted time when the clock was running but the ball wasn’t in play. That is more than one-third of the match.

“You want to see football — not stoppages. That is one of the frustrations we get with the game — there are too many stoppages, for everything,” said former NSW coach and captain, Laurie Daley.

Another former great, Steve ‘Blocker’ Roach said: “All this stop-start, blokes walking to the sin bin. If you’re down injured, just play-on. They are in good medical hands, why are they stopping the game when they’re 30m away?”


radical: not traditional

integrity: overall strength, unity and honesty

demeaning: causing something to lose its dignity and respect

guinea pig: test

scandal: something morally or legally wrong that causes public outrage


1. Name two rule changes the AFL is considering.

2. Which Caribbean team is Steve Smith playing for?

3. How much wasted time was there in the Manly v Sydney Rooster match?


With a partner see if you can you identify all the doing words/verbs in this text? Highlight them in yellow and then make a list of them all down your page. Now see if you and your partner can come up with a synonym for the chosen verb- make sure it still makes the context it was taken from.

Try and see if you can replace some of the original verbs with your synonyms and discuss if any are better and why.

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HAVE YOUR SAY: Should the AFL trial new rules during this season with teams who cannot make the finals?
No one-word answers. Use full sentences to explain your thinking.

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