The AFL fixture really has us reeling during 2020, a year that will require asterisks aplenty.
The AFL is seemingly scheduling fixtures by the hour. After teasing with the setup for Rounds 9 through 12, a partial fixture for Rounds 13 and 14 is available. Round 13 has a full nine matches, but Round 14 thus far only shows two games.
We would like to know the complete fixture, if only to have a guess at whether the Adelaide Crows can win some games in 2020. Eleven tries have not sufficed. The Crows play Western Bulldogs next, which seems like the best opportunity so far as we can predict the future. With Geelong due at Adelaide Oval in Round 13, it does not seem as though the Cats are going to be cooperative tourists.
The Cats were the last team to complete a perfect home-and-away season, back in 1929. Their hopes of a perfect season vanished when they lost a semi-final to Richmond before they went on to capture the flag for the season.
The Crows are threatening to match the Fitzroy Football Club that played winless, 0 – 18, in 1964.
Don Pyke, who stepped down last year, of his own volition if the reports from the time are to be believed, must be enjoying life a little more after handing the Crows and their troubles to Matthew Nicks.
The dubious distinction of going winless for an entire season probably offers some solace to the Crows, as they cannot lose 22 games after the league abbreviated the home-and-away fixture to 17 games.
Adelaide have already been eliminated from finals, while their cross-town rivals Port are on top and have been for the entire season.
Port erased any doubt by beating premiership holders Richmond in Round 11, but face another test when they play Geelong in Round 12.
To paraphrase Charles Dickens, the Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition could be called, “Two Tales of One City.”
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