AFL ‘losing February’ as Australian sporting followers take care of uncommon boredom


The footy seasons can’t come round quickly sufficient.

In the event you’re a sports activities fan tearing your hair out on the lack of high quality sport in February, relaxation assured you’re not the one one.

Other than some comparatively meaningless white ball cricket in opposition to the West Indies, there isn’t a lot native motion for Aussie sport followers to sink their enamel into underneath the NBL finals and the Take a look at sequence between Australia and New Zealand start later this month.

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The NRL season begins with two video games in Las Vegas on Sunday March 3 Australian time, earlier than the AFL season kicks off with the opening spherical within the second weekend of March.

The AFL’s Commerce Interval has taken over October and one footy commentator has known as for the code to stretch into the month of February to profit from the empty house on the sporting calendar.

Talking on SEN, AFL caller Dwayne Russell mentioned the league was lacking an opportunity to play pre-season video games and even begin the season correct in February.

“Footy may simply be beginning this weekend,” Russell mentioned.

“The AFL is leaving Feb to be wasted, I feel.

“Is the AFL losing February? The NBL has an impressive emptiness to fill with February, they’re going to have February all to themselves … they need to like it. Nobody needs 50-over cricket in February by the seems to be of issues.”

The introduction of Collect Spherical in Adelaide has prolonged the season, and Russell believes the AFL may add much more byes to unfold the season out over 30 weeks.

He mentioned: “You possibly can both begin the season earlier, you can play pre-season video games this coming weekend, you can make it a 30-week AFL season in case you needed to, you can have an additional bye in the course of it, you can play everybody twice beginning this weekend and end the season in October.

“There’s all these choices for the AFL … you can have a knockout comp the place the children are gonna be performed throughout the subsequent couple of weeks.

“February is wasted … they tried AFLX, it failed, they only gave up on AFLX.

“They’ve tried a couple of issues the AFL, however they’ve given up on February once more and it’s a little bit of a waste I reckon.”

A 30-week season would imply footy is performed for greater than half the 12 months and proceed encroaching on the summer time of cricket, which had combined crowds this season.

Take a look at matches in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide have been effectively attended, however Perth and Brisbane had poor crowds for the primary and final Checks of the summer time in opposition to Pakistan and the West Indies.

Competitors for Take a look at matches inside work and faculty holidays has turn into fiercer than ever because it seems the Boxing Day and New 12 months’s Checks aren’t leaving Melbourne or Sydney.

Fox Cricket commentator Kerry O’Keeffe mentioned earlier in the summertime he believes Australia’s curiosity in cricket is slowly waning because the footy codes enhance their stranglehold on the information cycle all 12 months spherical.

“I don’t need to be speaking about (wantaway Warriors ahead) Addin Fonua-Blake in November, it’s driving me nuts,” he instructed SEN on the time.

“After I hear sports activities talkback individuals on different stations…it’s early November and so they say, ‘Oh, I can’t anticipate Spherical 1 of the NRL’, please… give your self an uppercut, what’s going on? “We’ve deep down misplaced our love of it (cricket). It must be propagated by individuals within the media. I don’t care if it’s seen as our nationwide sport or not (however) the nations that rise in cricket are those which are completely passionate concerning the sport.

“We’re speaking about Addin Fonua-Blake and the place he would possibly go in 2027, please. Will the Dragons get the spoon? Who cares in November? Who cares in March? Come on.”