• In the good old days, disputes were often settled mano-a-mano between two men, womana-a-womana between two women, or mano-a-womana if between a man and a woman and we all know how that final one frequently turned out.

    These days, if something needs to be settled, the way to go about it is to dash of a memo.

    The AFL recently sent a memorandum to the clubs saying that the players needed to stop blocking in marking contests ASAP, to use memo-ese jargon.

    The memo seems to have been the outcome of Hawthorn Hawks Coach Alastair Clarkson and AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan, where Clarkson expressed concerns over the tactic used by the Sydney Swans, saying the Swans’ defenders had gotten away with “blue murder.”

    We can recall our younger days, when a game of footy required no supervision, but was often comprised mostly of arguing over the exact rules by which we would play.

    No matter how things change, things stay the same.

    The AFL sends out memos on a monthly basis by the game analysis department of AFL headquarters.

    Following Round 4 of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition, the memo indicated that umpires would be closely monitoring blocking in marking contests.

    The memo that followed Round 8 had the blocking subject at the fore once again, mentioning that it was not cricket for a player to take his eyes off the ball and coming off his line.

    That was just one instruction of a list of eight scenarios that has been added to the previous instructions.

    Sydney Coach John Longmire was quoted as saying the meeting between Clarko and McLaughlin was “unnecessary and unwarranted,” but as of yet, he has not put his opinion in the form of a memorandum, so it is hard to give his opinion much weight.

    “It’s a bit unusual. I’m not sure whether it was under the guise of the charter of the game or what it was. But it was unusual and unnecessary I’d suggest,” Longmire told reporters.