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Saturday, 9 March 2019

AFL legends slam bizarre 50m rule after JLT chaos


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The AFL's new 50m penalty rule has been slammed by Kangaroos great David King as being "ridiculous" and "crazy".

The 50m penalty rule was one of nine changes implemented by the AFL ahead of the home and away season, but left both playing groups confused following a second-half incident during the JLT Community Series clash between Port Adelaide and North Melbourne.

In the match played at Alberton which saw the Power prevail 19. 9. (123) to 16. 6. (102) three 50m penalty incidents in the second half left King and fellow Fox Footy commentator Gerard Healy wondering what the rule was.

"Everyone's getting sucked in because they don't know the rule," Healy said.

North Melbourne Kangaroos

King took particular issue with one incident which saw the ball-carrier lean into the defender in order to initiate contact before receiving an added 50m penalty.

"He's leaning into him there," King said.

"That's what you're asking players to do, something ridiculous like lean into someone when you're running down the ground. It was never a problem, why didn't we just keep it as it is?

"I understand that if someone is impeding the 50 metre recepient from getting to the point, then it should be another 50. Can't we just have the umpire adjudicate on that? I know it's grey, but let it work itself out.

"I just know that it looks ridiculous and I don't know if that's what we're trying to achieve.

Robbie Gray

"It wasn't a massive problem to start with, we've just created something."

The new rule as it pertains to the 50m penalty means that the player with the ball must be allowed to advance the ball without the defensive player interfering in an attempt to delay the game.

The player with the ball will also be able to play on while the 50m penalty is being measured out.

Any player attempting to disrupt the ball-carrier's path will give up an added 50m penalty.

Jack Watts

Healy suggested that the exploitation of the rule during the JLT clash would result in teams changing their tactics.

"Essentially, the clubs have to react to it," he said.

"The reaction is going to have to be that you can't go on the mark if you're the one running past.

"They're going to have to start looking at somebody up the ground taking care of business.

Port Adelaide

"It's going to be a challenge for them to sort it out because right now it's being exposed as almost a free-hit."

However, despite his disappointment at the exploitation and confusion over the new rule, Healy was happy that the incident occurred during the AFL's pre-season.

"If you're going to make radical rule changes, you need to trial them somewhere," he said.

"We've just seen something that needs addressing. You wouldn't want to have this happening in Round 1 at the MCG and no one knows essentially what the rules are.

"The players don't understand what the rule is at the moment."

The AFL's new 50m penalty rule has been slammed by Kangaroos great David King as being "ridiculous" and "crazy".

The 50m penalty rule was one of nine changes implemented by the AFL ahead of the home and away season, but left both playing groups confused following a second-half incident during the JLT Community Series clash between Port Adelaide and North Melbourne.

In the match played at Alberton which saw the Power prevail 19. 9. (123) to 16. 6. (102) three 50m penalty incidents in the second half left King and fellow Fox Footy commentator Gerard Healy wondering what the rule was.

"Everyone's getting sucked in because they don't know the rule," Healy said.

North Melbourne Kangaroos

King took particular issue with one incident which saw the ball-carrier lean into the defender in order to initiate contact before receiving an added 50m penalty.

"He's leaning into him there," King said.

"That's what you're asking players to do, something ridiculous like lean into someone when you're running down the ground. It was never a problem, why didn't we just keep it as it is?

"I understand that if someone is impeding the 50 metre recepient from getting to the point, then it should be another 50. Can't we just have the umpire adjudicate on that? I know it's grey, but let it work itself out.

"I just know that it looks ridiculous and I don't know if that's what we're trying to achieve.

Robbie Gray

"It wasn't a massive problem to start with, we've just created something."

The new rule as it pertains to the 50m penalty means that the player with the ball must be allowed to advance the ball without the defensive player interfering in an attempt to delay the game.

The player with the ball will also be able to play on while the 50m penalty is being measured out.

Any player attempting to disrupt the ball-carrier's path will give up an added 50m penalty.

Jack Watts

Healy suggested that the exploitation of the rule during the JLT clash would result in teams changing their tactics.

"Essentially, the clubs have to react to it," he said.

"The reaction is going to have to be that you can't go on the mark if you're the one running past.

"They're going to have to start looking at somebody up the ground taking care of business.

Port Adelaide

"It's going to be a challenge for them to sort it out because right now it's being exposed as almost a free-hit."

However, despite his disappointment at the exploitation and confusion over the new rule, Healy was happy that the incident occurred during the AFL's pre-season.

"If you're going to make radical rule changes, you need to trial them somewhere," he said.

"We've just seen something that needs addressing. You wouldn't want to have this happening in Round 1 at the MCG and no one knows essentially what the rules are.

"The players don't understand what the rule is at the moment."

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