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Duff and Quarters: Should the ‘wild-card’ round be introduced into the AFL’s finals format?

Do you believe the AFL finals series provides enough of an advantage to the minor premiers?

On this week’s episode of the Duff and Quarters Podcast The West Australian’s chief footy writer Mark Duffield and The Sunday Times’ sports editor Glen Quartermain discuss a potential change to the AFL finals series.

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Quartermain believed the one-week break before finals should be canned but Duffield proposed an alternative for the week after the regular season where a ‘wild-card’ round, much like the NFL, determines the last spots in the post-season.

Top-four sides currently benefit from a double chance during finals, grand finalists Geelong and Richmond both losing in week one this year, but Duffield argues the alternative format may be more favourable for top-two sides.

“Now this is getting radical now, but maybe we should look at a wild-card round and then maybe we should look at sudden death,” Duffield said.

“1 v 8, 2 v 7, 3 v 6, 4 v 5, the better team gets home ground advantage and if you lose you’re out.

“That creates a three-week finals series but add in a two-game wildcard round before that.”

In this case top-two sides would be facing seventh or eighth placed sides coming off a week-one ‘wildcard’ round rather than potentially four matches on route to a premiership.

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