The Smoke and Mirrors of Magic Round

Can we have a bit of a chat about the AFL’s latest experiment?

In Round Five, all teams will congregate in South Australia for the league’s version of Magic Round, titled the Gather Round. Nice title… catchy. Sure to be a hit.

In the space of four days, all teams will play at venues in South Australia, with four games making up two double-header at the Adelaide Oval as the highlight.

All good so far?

Excellent. Let’s move on.

The concept of the Magic Round is not a bad one. I love that we get another week of footy on the calendar, as the alternative – not having an extra week of footy – makes me sad. However, the AFL, like teens in a bedroom, seem to be very eager to get things underway without taking the necessary precautions.

We all know how that ends, right parents?


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