Making the top 8 work
Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:04 PM
I am a supporter of finals footy but I understand for many of us in England that this is not the cultural way to find the national champions of a club league.
What I have learned is that in AFL they use the same top 8 system as us (minus the club call). There are two main reasons why a system of 8 finalists work so well in this sport and the NRL have been trying to copy the system to reasonably good effect and we have been copying them to reasonably ill effect considering the crowd in Huddersfield.
The beauty is that the AFL is not a full home and away season where everyone plays each other once home and away like the SL (don't start talking about Magic Weekend people).
There is something like 24 rounds which means that you only play just under half the entire competition twice and the rest just once.
This gives huge credibility to a top 8 system as a particular club may have drawn many top opponents twice and faired 50:50 against those clubs while another club may have faired just as well against weaker opponents.
An Aussie theorised that finals footy does produce the best club over a season compared to an EPL system because you play the season learning both yours and your opponents strengths and weaknesses before the ultimate knock out series begins. You then play the best team you have with tactics against the opposition which you have learned.
Again I agree with this ideology.
Unfortunately, the SL falls short because we play not only a full H&A season (plus Magic) and even worse, more than half of the comp makes the finals. Worse still with club call, there is a theoretical chance that two particular clubs could play each other four times (inc CC) before the finals start and then a further two before they reach the big game. That's six fixtures against the same team in one season.
With the magic of the Cup clearly diminishing, I would much rather see the reduction of a full H&A season to less and have the CC extended into a pool format at its later stages.
IMO this could help to justify a top 8 of 14 (although I would rather see a six) and would also add a little more spice to CC fixtures as well.
Interested to hear what you think.
Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:30 PM
It's time to park the camels.
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Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:38 PM
Posted 20 September 2013 - 06:18 PM
Posted 20 September 2013 - 08:13 PM
Also you mention that the ESL playoffs aren't successful because teams get too accustomed to their competition. I actually think that this could be a reason for closer/harder fought games as teams can better prepare for their opponents.
For me this is turning into a cracking playoff season, minus the hudds v hull FC game.
Posted 20 September 2013 - 08:41 PM
Posted 21 September 2013 - 09:25 AM
Aren't we going to a top four play off anyway when the changes come in
Yep - waste of time discussing this as there's only one more season to go.
Posted 21 September 2013 - 11:50 AM