Yep, the rule is silly, but that is the rule at the moment. You and I are just fans/club members so our opinions are just ignored by the AFL. I would far prefer a deliberate out of bounds rule, easier to adjudicate and clearer. More throw ins, but so what.
If the ball goes out of bounds, just throw it in!It's got to be the hardest sport in the world to umpire and the AFL just make it worse by demanding that the umpires have to make such subjective assessments.
I am not in favour of "last touch" but I think it would be better than the current situation - and over time the players would come to understand where they sit and would adjust accordingly.
My preferred solution? A bit radical but here goes.
If the ball goes OOTF in the conventional manner then it is a free kick to the opposition as we have always known it.
Otherwise, if it is just OOB, then the ball still goes to the opposition, but the kick that the opposition gets is not markable by a team-mate - i.e. the penalty for last touch is somewhat reduced as the opposition gets it but it is effectively a play-on situation.
Na, it wasn’t well struck but didn’t think he was aiming straight down the ground. Haven’t seen a replay so might be wrong. On first viewing appeared he was aiming wing boundary.Geez Jazzy, you’re sounding like TBR here. Daniel kicks it out of mid air, he’s leg aiming straight down the field, he’s hit the ball on the side of his boot. There’s no “Insufficient intent” here, just bad luck.
Reports Lachie Neale wants to be traded back to Freo. Looks like he’s had enough ‘straight sets’
Here here.It’s actually “Hear Hear” - it means “Listen to him!” or “Hey, everyone should hear this!”
Don’t normally correct people (though every “your” instead of “you’re” or that Americanism “lay” instead of “lie” annoys me) - but this common error really aggravates my goat