The AFL’s bizarre but well intended ‘bonking ban’ has raised eyebrows within the footy community, especially when compared to one other rule, our chief footy writers believe.
Speaking on The Duff & Quarters podcast, The Sunday Times Editor Glen Quartermain admitted he can see the reasoning behind the AFL’s ‘off-field activity’ restrictions.
“If you look at it, they are in a hub – there’s going to be pretty strict conditions put on them, no restaurants, no cafes etc,” Quartermain said.
“What I took from it is that you’re not allowed to hook up!
“You’re not allowed to do any social media invitations. It’s fair enough, they are in hubs for a reason. They’re almost in quarantine.
“It sounds ridiculous but this is where we’re at – especially if we want to get a season up.
“It does sound ridiculous, we’ll look back at it in 10 years and go ‘geez, that was crazy’ but I can see why they’re doing it.”
However the one rule that doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest, is no golf is allowed within the hub, despite the Royal Pines Resort being located on a golf course.
“I can see why they’re doing it (bonking ban), in fact this condition actually makes a lot of sense,” The West Australian’s chief football writer Mark Duffield said.
“But let’s sit it alongside another condition, that they’ve got: no golf.
“So control your bonking, but don’t play golf at all?”
Quartermain added: “It’s ridiculous.”
“I had a game of golf yesterday Duff with two guys. We didn’t go anywhere near each other, we observed social distancing measures.
“I can’t think of another sport or recreation where you’d be less likely to contract COVID-19 (than golf).”