The rising pattern of AFL groups failing on return from their mid-season byes has put Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley on edge.
The Energy, sitting in second spot, are driving excessive on a club-record 11-game profitable streak main into Saturday’s enormous conflict with sixth-placed Essendon on the MCG.
However they’re cautious of changing into yet one more group to fall sufferer to the week off.
The dismal file of groups coming off byes towards opponents who had been lively the week earlier than stands at 0-8 up to now this season.
“It has to (make you further cautious). There’s a little bit of proof now that claims that there is some points with it for some sides,” Hinkley advised Fox Footy.
“I checked out a variety of these video games and the group which have come off the bye have truly began very well on a whole lot of events
“The fact is it is a quantity in entrance of us however there’s a number of numbers in entrance of us in each a part of the season.
“We have got to buck the pattern and that is our alternative this week.”
Essendon are one of many eight sides who’ve failed the post-bye check to this point, struggling a 32-point defeat to Fremantle final week.
It delivered to an finish the four-match profitable streak the Bombers constructed earlier than the bye.
“To place it right down to perspective or mindset (not being) in the fitting place I do not assume is correct,” Essendon coach Brad Scott advised Fox Footy.
“We actually analyse the sport a bit nearer than that, however it’s a pattern.
“It is a reality: 0-8. There’s one thing to be stated for continuity.”
Scott stated a easy answer to the bye dilemma could be for your complete AFL to have per week off on the identical time.
He added a competition-wide bye would have a flow-on profit of accelerating the deal with state leagues and group soccer for per week.
If the mid-season bye rounds are to stay stretched over 4 weeks, groups could possibly be scheduled to return to motion towards rivals who had their breaks in the identical week.
However Scott stated these treatments aren’t preferable for the AFL, which he stated places a heavier deal with maximising scores and attendance.
“We have got a nineteenth group are available and till we get to a twentieth group and we are able to have a severe dialogue about real fairness throughout the competitors, then we’re all the time going to have these anomalies,” Scott stated.
“With all the pieces you take a look at there’s inequities and the AFL simply attempt to do their greatest, however sadly fairness and equity is just one a part of it.”
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