AFL to review how Mark and Goal of the Year are decided

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan confirmed today that the AFL will review the process for which the Mark and Goal of the year are awarded.

Following the shock wins by Daniel Rioli and Joe Daniher for the Goal and Mark of the year on Monday night, the footy community was left widely bemused.

Franklin's amazing goal, a carbon copy of his 2010 Goal of the Year, left Daniel Talia in his wake as he sprinted close to the length of the field - beaten by small forward Daniel Rioli's snap in the pocket, which was adjudged better than Eddie Betts' ridiculous solo effort.

More surprising was the Daniher mark over Carlisle, ahead of the double-pop screamer by Jeremy Howe, bringing back memories of 2011 when Andrew Walker missed out to livewire Andrew Krakouer's pack mark.

The final stage of the Mark and Goal of the year is currently voted on by the public in a fan engagement exercise by the AFL.

McLachlan has cast doubt over the process and whether or not fans will have their say in the future.

"We'll have a look at it because there's been discussion about it," McLachlan told Fairfax Media.

Given the quality of goals throughout the year, not to mention Franklin and Betts' having more than one alternative entry better than Rioli's, it really is incredulous the AFL let the general public vote.

We talked about it on the podcast on Tuesday night after the Brownlow, and after all, congratulations to both players for their marks and goals, but they weren't close to the best of the year.

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Justin Mitchell

Justin is a passionate AFL and Sydney Swans supporter, and football blogger since 2016. All articles are of his own opinion. You can reach him by twitter and Facebook at @theswansblog

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