- Nov 25, 2004
Yeah, get your point of view Bigs. Centre bounces, no issue. Only rucks should compete. But for throw ins/ball ups its absurd we say "only you two blokes can compete, and you've got to let me know in advance who will compete. and if you don't, you can't compete".The issue is that a pure ruckman like Natanui or Gawn can't perform their skills because they have an 85kg midfielder on their back at every ball-up. Personally, I think a pure hitout to a midfielder who bursts away is a great part of the game, and I'd like to see it protected.
The beauty of our game is that anyone can do anything - go anywhere, kick a goal, spoil, a rover can take a speccy, Daniel Rioli can go in the ruck if he wants. (team rules aside).
The nomination rule is contrived and frankly bizarre. You want pure ruck contests but you are quite happy for the farce of a team not nominating and you get no contest at all. If you really want to insist only one player from each team contests the ruck, ok do that. No nominations. If a team allows two to contest through accident or design, free kick. Make it simple.
The support on here for deliberate OOB makes me laugh - "rule is good but needs to adjudicated more consistently". Hello, that will never happen because it requires umpires to be mind readers (they aren't) or guess, they are pretty good at doing that - the act not the result anyway.
Anyway enough grumping from me