Bartel’s suggestion to equalise the AFL fixture
3x Geelong Premiership player Jimmy Bartel would like to see more onus put back on the clubs when it comes to the AFL fixture as a why to enhance equalisation in the game.
Speaking on Macquarie Sports Breakfast, Bartel suggests cutting the fixture to a 20 or 21 week season. Playing every side once and the remaining games is put in the hands of the clubs to “pitch their ideals games they want to get in a season.”
The 2011 Norm Smith medallist says if that was the case then clubs would “have to live with who you chose and it also allows you to play your blockbuster games twice… It’s putting the onus on the clubs, they do the ring around with other clubs. It’s up to clubs to build up their own PR around their remaining 3, 4 or 5 games”
Bartel believes there’s merit in playing each other once and then it flips in the following season so that the fixture evens itself out over a 2 year window.
Hear Jimmy Bartel on Macquarie Sports Radio with Matt Thompson from 5.30am Wednesday to Friday.