The goal scoring in the resumed Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership of late has been rarer than a lobster boat plying the waters west of Perth.

The crustacean catchers have been set adrift by import restrictions from the main market of China. The country has closed most or all of its wet markets as part of its response to Covid-19.

If our comparison is to be deemed valid, however, we must complete the analogy.

Has the AFL put quarantine measure of six kicking?

With Round 4 nearly complete, the only club to come near to putting up 100 points in the round was St. Kilda Saints. The saintly Sainters laid 93 points on the Richmond Sinners. The reigning premiers managed only 67 points in the loss and the outcome must have resembled prayers answered to Saints supporters.

Round four found the Carlton Blues scoring just 52, yet beating the Bombers by one point.

Gold Coast Eagles beat Fremantle Dockers 64 – 51, where for the first time in the history of the AFL/VFL, both clubs went an entire half without registering one behind.

Hawthorn beat North Melbourne 58 – 54, at which point Hawks’ coach Alastair Clarkson took aim at the league for what he perceived as a lack of enforcement of holding the ball rules that were intentionally instituted to try to boost scoring.

“There’s a lot of things about the game; you put a lot of time and effort and endeavour into the game; we had 69 tackles, I don’t think we had a free kick from a tackle. Sixty-nine tackles and not one of them can be adjudicated holding the ball? What’s happened to our game? You can’t have that many tackles and not one of them be incorrect disposal,” Alastair Clark said after the match.

When the winning coach complains, it is time to take the masks off the ears.

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