‘Friday Feels’ is back, and it re-surfaces loaded with a Friday-relevant topic, Good Friday Football.
North Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs reach unchartered territory this Friday, April 14 with the first AFL game to ever be played on the religion-based holiday.
The first proposal to bring football to the public holiday was made in 1992, by North Melbourne, but has continuously been rejected. By mid-2016, the AFL commission either got fed up by the Roos’ persistence and relented, or just saw the positives that can come from the event.
The ‘event’, as it will now be known thanks to the heavy involvement the game will have with the annual Good Friday Appeal, looks set to only boost the potential donations for the Royal Children’s Hospital fundraiser.
The AFL entered into talks with the organiser of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal to see how the game could add “awareness and momentum” to the annual charity fundraising event. Through this discussion, it was decided that $5 from adult tickets and $10 from family tickets sold will go directly to the Appeal.
Despite winning the rights to play the game, not many are tipping a Kangaroos victory over the reigning premiers the Bulldogs.
The round four clash , played at Etihad Stadium from 4:20pm (AEST) is expected to be very much one-sided in favour of the Dogs, who boast one of the best crops of young talent in the AFL.
The Roos are also a young side, having moved on from all-star veterans at the end of 2016, but are not yet as established as the likes of Marcus Bontempelli, Tom Liberatore and Tom Boyd.
Can the Roos upset the Dogs?
Put simply, yes, as they must be considered a better chance than what Fremantle were in round three, however it is unlikely.
We are looking forward to getting behind the concept, and hope that the game can raise even more awareness and funding toward the worthy cause.
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