Fremantle chief executive Steve Rosich has turned to a Rolling Stones hit to explain this club’s reaction to missing out on the first AFL game at the new Perth Stadium.
It was announced last night that West Coast had won the race to play round one at the Burswood venue, hosting Sydney on Sunday March 25.
But the Dockers had good news of their own, spruiking the first game under lights at the Stadium against Essendon in round two as well as a bonus home game against the Gold Coast in round three.
Fremantle will also host the first derby at the Stadium in round six.
“One of my favourite bands is the Rolling Stones and they sung you can’t always get what you want, but we certainly got more than we needed,” Rosich said.
“We’re looking forward to four of the first six games of season 2018 being at home, including the first home game in round two under lights against Essendon, which will be a nationally telecast game.
“Round three is historic. It’s actually an away game being played at Perth Stadium, the first time that’s happened. It’s something both us and West Coast bid for and we’re delighted to secure that.
“We’ve got the Len Hall game in round five and then the first derby in round six so a lot to look forward to with four of the first six at home.”
Rosich said it was too early to say how the extra home game would be sold to members.
“It’s a bonus game,” he said. “We only found out about it about 5pm yesterday. So it’s reasonably new news. We’ve got the membership campaign under way, that’s going full steam ahead and we’re delighted with how that’s progressing so far.
"We’ll look at that in the New Year once we’ve struck arrangements with the State, the AFL, the operator and put the best deal that we can forward to members to make it a special and compelling offer on this bonus game.”
The remainder of the fixture is set to be released next week, with Rosich also revealing Collingwood would be their opponent in another of their home games for the 2018 season.