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Davey’s top-three push

Ocean Grove coach Pete Davey. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)


OCEAN Grove coach Pete Davey has urged AFL Barwon to consider shortening the finals series to help gets the BFL season underway.

The first-year Grubbers mentor has suggested a final three, with the minor premier earning direct passage to the grand final and second and third playing off for the other spot in the decider.

Based on the agreement reached last week between AFL Victoria and Cricket Victoria, community football has until October 18 to complete.

Taking into account a nine-round home-and-away season, the BFL could start as late as August 8.

It also increases the prospect of a 10-round season, allowing each club to host five matches.

“I think having nine rounds and four weeks of finals would be a bit of a joke,” Davey said. “I think you could reward three teams and have two weeks of finals at the end.

“That gives you another couple of weeks to start the season later.

“Nine games, it’s probably going to come down to percentage with those top few teams; it may make it a bit more exciting with scoring and trying to hold sides defensively.

“It gives you every opportunity to start as late as you can.”

Click below to watch the full interview with Pete Davey where he also discusses;

  • Building relationships during the shutdown.
  • A “bizarre” first night back at training.
  • Maintaining his commitment to playing the club’s talented youngsters.
  • COVID-19 providing local football with a chance to reset and do things differently.

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