Here’s an alternate finals system I posted on the board this time last year:
Week one and two are just like the format the AFL uses. That is,
elimination games, 3v6 and 4v5 if all week one games go according to plan
E) loser A v winner C
F) loser B v winner D
The winners of the 1v4 and 2v3 matchups from week one play each other. The winner automatically goes into the grand final. The winners from week two also play each other in elimination games.
G) winner A v winner B
H) wiiner E v winner F
I) loser G v winner H
This is like the preliminary final in the old top five format.
week five - GRAND FINAL
J) winner G v winner I
The ONLY draw back to this system is that if teams 1 and 2 BOTH lose in week one they can’t play each other in the grand final, as they’ll end up playing each other in week three if they make it that far. However, that’s better than the current AFL system where all it takes is for one of either team 1 or 2 to lose in week one to make it impossible for them to meet in the grand final.
This system I’ve proposed is fair because it absolutely rewards the teams that finish in the top four and subjects the bottom four to five weeks of sudden-death games.
So, if all the results went to plan this is how the games would play out: