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3-part Grand Final series in the AFL? “It’s a dumb idea”

Would you support a three-part AFL Grand Final series?

Caroline Wilson on 5AA Rowey and Bicks said that it took until last week for the MCC and AFL to sign the agreement to keep the AFL Grand Final locked in to the venue until 2057. The delay was due to clubs lobbying in particular the Swans and Andrew Ireland to have a 3 game AFL Grand Final series.

Speaking on Macquarie Sports Radio, three-time Premiership player with Geelong Jimmy Bartel believes it’s a concept that won’t work because “it’s a dumb idea. There’s so many things that you can’t have 3 games for, how does it fit into the football calendar?”

In the 120 years of the VFL/AFL Grand Final, 9 times it has been played at venues other than the MCG and only 3 times in history has the Grand Final needed to be replayed due to the game finishing in a draw. That rule has since been changed since the most recent draw in 2010 between Collingwood and St Kilda.

This years Grand Final finished as a classic with the Eagles taking home the Premiership over Collingwood by 5 points. It was revealed in the aftermath that defender Jeremy McGovern played the game with cracked ribs and internal bleeding.  He would have been in extreme doubt to play in game 2 if the 3 game series was part of the competition.

“It’s one of the more ridiculous ideas I have heard. Our game is not suited for a best of 3. We have players struggling to get up each week during a footy season. Do we have 3 days off, 3 Grand Final parades?” said Bartel.

“I’m all for fairness and eveness, as soon as we understand that everything in our game is not fair. You can move on, you can deal with it. It’s the nature of the competition. I’m baffled at the idea.”