Goals are good and cool

The Arc has a firm pro-goals policy, so we were happy to see that average scores seemed to be up a little in the early rounds of the season. The increase seems to have endured – at the seven round mark, scores are notably higher than they were last year. It looks like the rule changes – reduced interchange cap, tighter deliberate out of bounds interpretation – are working.  The league has also tried to reduce stoppages, and it’s succeeding there as well.  Footy this year is more attractive, more open, with more scoring and less congestion. There has never been a more exciting time to be a footy fan.  

Buddy good

Buddy Franklin has kicked an average of four goals per game so far this year. If he keeps that up he’ll almost definitely win the Coleman, but he’ll need to pick up the pace just slightly if he wants to be the first player to crack 100. Buddy is outscoring about half the AFL-era Coleman medalists at this point of the season. Tom Lynch is right up there with him – the Coleman race is far from done.