Clarkson frustrated by lack of clarity from AFL surrounding runners

SEN - Mon, 18th Mar 2019 - 0 Comments

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has revealed that the clubs are still seeking clarity regarding runners and how often they’ll be allowed on the ground during games.

The 18 club coaches met with the AFL last week and Clarkson said he still hasn’t heard definitively from headquarters what is happening with the rule.

“We just wanted certain clarity. We’re about to go into a big season and we start this Thursday night and as we sit right here now we still don’t exactly know what’s going on with the runners rule and what the interpretation is going to be there,” Clarkson told SEN Breakfast.

“That’s got its frustrations and they were aired last Thursday morning at different stages.

“What the coaches were keen on was a little bit around the same philosophy as interchange rotations, if we’re going to make change, does it need to be so dramatic in the first instance.

“Interchange rotation I think were around 160 and the first call was to cull them down to 40. It was just too dramatic a call, but then they found a natural sort of line at 80.

“I just think they should do the same thing with the runners. The changes with the game, do they need to be so dramatic in the first instance? Can we just monitor them as they come down.

“What we do need is clarity in exactly what it’s going to look like.”

Clarkson is frustrated given the season is upon us and clubs are still unsure about what they’re allowed to do.

“The 45 second time period where runners are allowed on the ground between goals, I think another option is to extend that time because 45 seconds on the ground, pretty much all he’s doing is just managing rotations in that short period of time,” Clarkson said.

“I daresay it would need to happen today, we’ve got three days (until the season starts). I would’ve expected something would’ve been pushed through to the clubs by now.”

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