Three- game grand fi­nal idea ‘ dumb’

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

GEE­LONG great Jimmy Bar­tel says the push for a three- match AFL Grand Fi­nal se­ries is a “dumb” idea.

Syd­ney is re­port­edly push­ing for the grand fi­nal to be played over three matches at dif­fer­ent venues to make the con­test more even for in­ter­state clubs.

The grand fi­nal will be played at the MCG un­til at least 2057, but the door has re­port­edly been left open for changes. But the Brown­low medal­list says he is “baf­fled” by the idea.

“How does it fit into the foot­ball cal­en­dar?” Bar­tel asked on Mac­quarie Sports Ra­dio.

“The at­tri­tion rate of play­ers – if you’re a sup­porter, you’re go­ing, ‘ am I go­ing to see the best play here in game two or three?’ “Ev­ery­one gets a turn. “It’s one of the more ridicu­lous ideas I’ve heard.

“Our game is not suited for a best of three. We play a two- hour game that’s a phys­i­cal con­tact game, we have play­ers strug­gling to get up each week dur­ing a footy sea­son but you want to get them up for three grand fi­nals?’’

BAF­FLED: Gee­long leg­end Jimmy Bar­tel is against the idea of a three- game grand fi­nal se­ries.

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