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Sport AFL fans fume at 'terrible' night Grand Final slot

09:50  24 october  2020
09:50  24 october  2020 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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The Richmond Tigers will go head-to-head with the Geelong Cats in this year's hotly-anticipated AFL Grand Final on Saturday. And while fans are counting down the hours ahead of the showdown between two of Victoria's biggest clubs, no one is more excited than the glamorous wives and

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Having already lost their MCG Grand Final, Melbourne-based AFL fans have been left fuming about this year's historic night decider as opposed to the normal day time slot.

After wrestling with a change to the customary 2:30pm time slot for years, the AFL made the decision to trial a night Grand Final this year.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has indicated that the success of this year's decider will determine the time slot of future Grand Finals, but fans weren't impressed in the lead-up to the blockbuster clash.

Speaking ahead of the Grand Final, McLachlan refused to rule out a return to the traditional afternoon bounce next season.

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THE 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final will be played at night at the Gabba on Saturday, October 24. In an historic decision reached by the AFL commission on SA was effectively the runner-up, with the AFL announcing it had earmarked Adelaide Oval as the back-up venue for the Grand Final , should a

This year's AFL grand final will be like no other, so before Richmond and Geelong do battle at the Gabba, get yourself The grand final has been sent to Brisbane due to Melbourne's coronavirus situation and the AFL has taken the opportunity to schedule the first night decider in league history.

a bridge over a body of water: Fans were made to wait as the Gabba was drenched all afternoon as opposed to the normal 2.30pm bounce © Getty Fans were made to wait as the Gabba was drenched all afternoon as opposed to the normal 2.30pm bounce

"What it does now in a way that's unemotional, it's out of Victoria, different state, I think people feel it's a good time to have a look at it," McLachlan of the new-look time slot.

"We'll see where we get to … by the full siren on Saturday night. Everyone then will be able to have an objective view.

"Have a look at the start to finish, it's going to be a beautiful winding lead in to the game, there'll be something at half-time, and then a winner, hopefully after double extra-time.

"Then everyone can judge a night grand final on its merits.

Dylan Grimes standing in front of a crowd of people: The winning team usually lifts the trophy between 5.30pm and 6pm after the normal afternoon bounce © Getty The winning team usually lifts the trophy between 5.30pm and 6pm after the normal afternoon bounce

"That's what's another part of this year, that we actually get to objectively have a look at it, without all the overlay of the traditional elements of the MCG on a Saturday (afternoon)."

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THE AFL 's first night Grand Final will start at 6.30pm AEST (7.30pm AEDT). "We were also cognisant of finishing the match at a suitable time for younger footy fans . The shortened game times this season should see the final siren blown and the 2020 premier officially crowned just before 10pm

Despite McLachlan's optimism, Essendon great Dustin Fletcher, who appeared in three Grand Final during his career was one ex-player to voice his concerns about the new time slot.

"I've got to fire up, I'm not feeling the GF vibe yet," Fletcher tweeted on Saturday morning.

https://twitter.com/dustinfletch31/status/1319821756308180997

Collingwood champion Tony Shaw, who captained the Magpies in the 1990 decider was also left unimpressed by the new-look Grand Final bounce time.

"It doesn't gel with me," Shaw told 3AW.

"I think this day should come to an end early so we can then all celebrate.

"Finishing the game at 10:30, I wouldn't want to do it as a player."

Shaw and Fletcher were far from the only Melbourne-based footy fans to be left unimpressed with a change to one of the AFL's great traditions.

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