The AFL’s big Grand Final has already been whacked from pillar to post as footy commentators struggle with discarded tradition.
Gabba receives a soaking before the Grand Final
The 2020 Grand Final promises to be an unforgettable finish to an unforgettable season of drama when Richmond and Geelong fight it out for the Premiership Cup in the AFL’s first ever night grand final.
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The Tigers are hoping to overcome the wet and wild conditions to win a third premiership in four years while the Cats are desperate to send Gary Ablett into retirement with a premiership and to get superstar Patrick Dangerfield his first grand final triumph.
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First bounce at the Gabba is scheduled for 7.30pm (AEDT). Follow all the live action below.
AFL night grand final shredded
The AFL Grand Final was still hours away when the first social media pile on of the day exploded around the controversial move to a night timeslot.
The prime-time shift may very well create a record TV audience for the decider, but it didn't sit well with traditionalists early in the day.
In a year of firsts for the league, the AFL announced earlier this year the grand final would move to a night time slot for the first time as part of a decision to move the biggest game of the year to the Gabba.
It didn't take long for the reality of a night time timeslot to sink in with footy commentators.
Swans Champion Jude Bolton and popular comedian Wendy Harmer were among the stars to criticise the move.
This is like waking up in Christmas Day and then being told you can’t open your presents until tonight. #AFLGF
Feeling for all #AFL followers today.
Welcome to #NRL world… not only in the evening but on a SCHOOL NIGHT this year!!
Couldn’t agree more! #AFLTigersCats #AFLGF https://t.co/jsiWu8cLay
Is it sinking in about now a night GF was only ever a good idea in the minds of TV executives scrambling for a few more thousand viewers, and "event" types who don't give a shit about the game & will probably talk more about the entertainment? Both can FRO. #AFLGF #AFLTigersCats
night AFL grand final seems like a good idea until the actual day arrives and you realise you’ve got to occupy yourself until 7.30pm. rhythm of a 2.10pm first bounce GF day is unbeatable for house parties/long arvos at the pub into nighttime shenanigans. let’s not do this again
It comes after a series of torrential storms left fans fearing the Grand Final could be delayed as a result of the heavy rain and forecast thunder storms.
Serious fears after Brisbane races abandoned
The AFL was given further reason to panic on Saturday afternoon when it was confirmed the Doomben race meeting had been abandoned because of the wet and wild weather.
Races 7-10 on the 10-race meeting at Doomben Racecourse were cancelled because of the approaching electrical storm.
The development won't thrill the AFL, but the worst of the rain and thunder is expected to pass through Brisbane before the 7.30pm (AEDT) first bounce is scheduled.
Under the AFL’s Extreme Weather Policy, if lightning is present within 10km of a ground, the match has to be stopped and all players have to head indoors.
The match will then only get back underway once the lightning has vanished from the 10km radius for more than 30 minutes.
“Under the lightning rule they can delay the match by up to an hour,” an AFL spokesperson said.
“It has happened before, but it’s very rare.”
A pre-season game in 2020 between West Coast and Essendon was postponed due to lightning, as was a game in 2014 between GWS and Sydney.
Read more about the wet weather fears here.
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