“We had been additionally cognisant of ending the match at an appropriate time for youthful footy followers. The shortened recreation occasions this season ought to see the ultimate siren blown and the 2020 Premier formally topped simply earlier than 10pm AEDT.
“Traditionally a extremely particular a part of grand last day is the build-up and anticipation, and we need to guarantee we are able to share the electrical energy and environment of the evening with as many individuals as doable across the nation.
“An evening grand last is certain to be a implausible spectacle for each the followers in stadium and the tens of millions watching across the nation and abroad.”
There had been issues amongst some membership officers that the trophy and medal presentation could not go forward within the conventional method on the premiership dais due to potential breaches of AFL protocol, however an AFL spokesman has eased these fears.
“The premiership cup handover is all wonderful as a result of it can all be sanitised and, if wanted, they [the person handing over the trophy] can put on gloves,” he stated.
“All of the gamers who seize it have been within the bubble anyway. There isn’t a challenge there.”
Nonetheless, ought to one or two Victorian golf equipment make the grand last, a membership could not be capable of get the first-choice nominee they usually would have requested to make the presentation due to state border restrictions and golf equipment could must discover a former distinguished determine residing in Queensland.
Former Port Adelaide star Byron Pickett, having been the Norm Smith medallist in 2004, is scheduled to current the medal this 12 months however his attendance could also be too troublesome relying on what protocols are enforced within the last recreation of the season.
Pickett, primarily based in South Australia and who had been working with the Energy earlier than the preliminary COVID-19 shutdown, has not but been requested by the AFL to make the presentation.
If, as anticipated, he’s, one situation would have him residing at residence beneath AFL protocols for per week earlier than he left and endure a COVID-19 check. One other situation may have him not needing to comply with any protocols and fly in as late as match eve as a result of there are not any border restrictions between South Australia and Queensland.
Another choice the AFL is contemplating is whether or not to take a extra easy strategy, only for this 12 months, and have a former Norm Smith medallist already in Queensland current the medal. Luke Hodge, the twin Norm Smith medallist with Hawthorn, could be one possibility beneath that situation.
Brisbane Lions legend Simon Black, the 2003 medallist, offered the medal final 12 months to Richmond’s Dustin Martin however 2002 winner Nathan Buckley has not but had the possibility to take action due to his function as Collingwood coach. He may very well be an outside-the-box possibility ought to the Magpies not make the grand last and he had not but returned residence to Melbourne.
The premiership trophy is mostly offered by a membership nice of the successful staff, with all sides confirming a candidate by way of the finals. Tigers coach Damien Hardwick and skipper Trent Cotchin had been final 12 months offered with the premiership trophy by the spouse of teaching nice, Tom Hafey. However the choice of candidates turns into problematic this 12 months as a result of, except for the AFL protocols, any Victorian wanting to depart the lockdown state should get approval after which might want to quarantine in Brisbane for a fortnight.
A call may even should be made on whether or not a latest transfer to have kids who take part in Auskick current the premiership medals to the successful gamers can proceed.
In a 12 months of main upheaval, gamers who retire could miss out on the normal motorcade on the bottom earlier than the opening bounce, whereas the usually manic dressingroom of the successful staff shall be extra subdued if solely these already contained in the staff bubble are allowed in – and never the same old array of prolonged household, sponsors and company sorts.
Jon Pierik is cricket author for The Age. He additionally covers AFL and has received awards for his cricket and basketball writing.