There are a lot of lopsided scores in the SANFL. Is the salary cap working ior are there other issues at play?
For one thing, SANFL clubs (with the exception of West) don't flood or choke the life out of games to make the scoreline respectable. Richmond would be belted by 20 goals each week if Terry Wallace didn't chuck all his players back to try and save his coaching career for him.
With regard to the salary cap, no, it's is not working - but that's not the reason for the score blowouts. One of the convicted cap cheats, South Adelaide, was done by 100 points!
Centrals are miles ahead of the pack because they're just a professional unit across all parts of their business. They recruit well, they have a good development zone, their lineup is reasonably settled from year to year, they have plenty of financial resources to support the football department, list goes on.
Eagles are in the same boat, but they're about 3-4 years behind Centrals who was the first club to invest heavily in their off field operations.
Sturt's improvement this year is mystifying. They don't really have the money to splash on football department or recruits yet (give it a couple of years before their two new social clubs start pumping in serious money). The only explanation is that their new coach Rick Macgowan is a genius. That and forward Brant Chambers is absolutely on fire - I think he's up to 70 goals in 14 games
Norwood and Port are middle of the road because they don't have the weight to bully other clubs anymore. When these two were at the top we didn't have salary caps, and Centrals, North and the Eagles didn't have pokies.
South is well advanced in setting the foundation for a succesful club in the mould of centrals. But like Centrals for 30 years, they haven't broken through yet. Also holding them back is their relatively high churn of recruits each year, usually because they promise big dollars that they can't deliver.
West is sh*t.