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Lions trial new rules

Zorko on AFL Tonight Dayne Zorko joined AFL Tonight on Tuesday to discuss the trialling of possible rule changes during training.

The Brisbane Lions are the latest club to have been asked by the AFL to trial potential new rules at a training session. 

The Lions played two 10-minutes halves, fully umpired, under the eyes of key AFL officials to test out the role zones could play in easing congestion in games. 

It follows a similar session recently conducted by Hawthorn at Etihad Stadium

The Lions tried out some of the ideas at a session at the Gabba, including taking kick-ins from 25 metres out from goal instead of the goalsquare.

Other rules trialed included three players from each side having to be in the forward-50 and defensive-50 at every stoppage.

At centre bounces, each side was required to have six players in the three zones of the ground.

Lions GM of Football David Noble said the Lions were excited to trial the rules.

"It certainly looked different, it looked more open," Noble told 

"I didn't mind it. It certainly gives you a different look.

"There's more capacity for players to have one-on-ones. 

"You've got numbers staggered up the ground rather than the condensation of numbers. With that distribution there's more space to work with.

"It needs more work and more trialing and to have more data … it needs to be trialed in a full game."


The AFL's football operations manager Steve Hocking was one official on hand to oversee the trial.

In a release, Hocking thanked the clubs' players and coaches for taking part in the sessions but added the league still intends to consult supporters before it went ahead with any drastic changes for next season.

The League's 'competition committee', a select group comprising club presidents, chief executives, coaches, football managers and players, including Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield, will next meet on July 26. 

The group will analyse the data and feedback on ideas presented at their May meeting on ways to reduce congestion in the modern game.

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