AAP AFL

Cats and Dogs at odds over state of AFL

By AAP Newswire

Luke Beveridge isn't keen on a public slanging match with Chris Scott over the state of the AFL game, but the Western Bulldogs coach clearly isn't thrilled with his Geelong counterpart.

It's not quite the AFL equivalent of kids in the schoolyard gathered around two combatants yelling "Fight! Fight! Fight!"

But it's fair to say Beveridge and Scott are coming at the debate over the state of the game from opposite ends.

Earlier this week, Scott - a proponent of change - chastised the Dogs coach on radio for his emotional call to let the game be.

Beveridge exercised his right of reply on Tuesday.

"I probably need to play a straight bat but it's important that people respect everyone's opinion," Beveridge replied when asked about Scott's comments.

"As long as we don't ride in on a 20-hand horse and think that our idea of what should happen is more important than anyone else's.

"I can assure you that there was some emotion attached to (my argument) because I'm passionate about the game, but I can (also) assure you it was from the rational brain.

"... I'll respect his (opinion) if he gives his ... I definitely won't pull his apart because it's his. But ultimately I've got my own set of beliefs.

"... I'm not sure he's in a position to question anyone's opinion on it, especially not mine."

AFL footy boss Steve Hocking is undertaking an extensive survey on the state of the game with a view to potentially implementing rule changes to decrease congestion and increase scoring.

They include having players start in zones at stoppages and centre bounces, allowing players to run 20m without bouncing and kicking in from behinds from 25m out from goal instead of the goal square.

Some coaches have hit the airwaves or taken to social media to put their views pro or con, which Beveridge is fine with - he just doens't want to be preached at.

"(Scott) puts himself out there, he provides commentary on the game, and if he chooses to provide commentary on other individuals and other clubs then that's his choice," Beveridge said.

"I don't do it but I'll definitely reserve my right to rebut if I'm challenged.

"I'll respect his (opinion) and hopefully he'll respect mine."