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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

‘There won’t be three grand finals’ - AFL chairman Richard Goyder

AFL chairman Richard Goyder says the league won’t be introducing a best-of-three grand final series, despite calls for a format change from non-Victorian clubs.
The proposal, led by Sydney chief executive Andrew Ireland with the reported backing of Adelaide coach Don Pyke, was tabled at an AFL competition committee meeting last week.
A change in format would reduce the advantage held by Victorian teams over travelling interstate sides in the existing one-off decider - hosted annually at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Speaking at The West Australian’s leadership event on Wednesday, Goyder said the welfare of players needed to be considered.
“Could you imagine the wear and tear on players?” Goyder said.
“There won’t be three grand finals.”

Goyder’s comments come after West Coast football manager Craig Vozzo urged the AFL to consider implementing a revised format.
“I’ve always been one that, particularly based out of here (WA)... I love the MCG and I love its traditions, but when I look at world sport, I’ve always thought there’s just an unfair advantage to the teams based in Victoria, particularly those based at the MCG as their home ground,” Vozzo told 6PR a fortnight ago.
“So I guess (best of three) is a mechanism for evening up that process.
“Would it be home and away or would it all be at the MCG? I’m not sure.”
It has been speculated that deciding fixtures two and three would be locked in at football’s spiritual home, regardless of the competing teams.
Earlier this year, the AFL renewed Victoria’s contract to host the AFL grand final until 2057.


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