Commentators raved about Dustin Martin’s first game of the 2017 season. They were right.
The 2016 home-and-away season started off with a bang of high scores, but ended with a whimper
How do Josh Kennedy, Lance Franklin & Eddie Betts’ seasons compare to past Coleman medallists?
How do Josh Kennedy and Lance Franklin’s seasons compare to past Coleman medallists?
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 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.
Goals are extremely good and cool, and they’re coming back into fashion.