Our experts debate all the hot topics and burning questions after Richmond secured a third premiership in four years.
Did the night Grand Final work? Should the AFL persist with it in 2021?
Niall Seewang: I’m torn on this one. Plenty worked on the night but the build-up left me pretty frustrated and it just didn’t ‘feel’ like Grand Final day (although the fact it was in Brisbane not Melbourne could be a major reason for that). The AFL will pore over the broadcast figures and I fear, if the numbers are strong, we’ll never see a day GF again. Maybe a twilight decider could be the best of both worlds? It’d be worth taking a look at that option before deciding one way or another.
Jake Michaels: There were so many unusual factors contributing to the 2020 Grand Final, so I don’t think you can solely judge the viability of a night decider on just this. But for what it’s worth, I like it. I don’t get the criticism that it’s too long to wait. It’s a night game. What do you expect!? The entertainment was probably a step up and the game was exciting, not sure what more fans want. Victorians, when things are back to normal and the game is at the MCG, you’ll love a night Grand Final.
Matt Walsh: I’ll keep it pretty simple – yes, it did work, but no, they shouldn’t persist with it. This was an extraordinary year that was only possible due to the extraordinary circumstances. There’s something magical about a 2.30pm bounce at the MCG – the shorter build-up that’s still just long enough. The ability to revel in the result and still make an evening of things afterwards is also underrated. If you’re more focused on the half time or pre-game entertainment, then I’ve got some advice for you; there are these wonderful things called ‘gigs’, where you can see artists perform sets up to two hours’ long! Let’s not pander only to the broadcasters chasing what would be maybe a few thousand more eyeballs on TVs. We’ve got something great (and unique!) in a day-time decider. I used to think a night Grand Final was the way forward but not anymore
Will Dustin Martin end his career as the AFL’s GOAT?
NS: It’s getting hard to ignore the argument now. I think he can lay claim to be the all-time greatest finals player, if not the greatest (although Leigh Matthews has to be in the conversation) but he’s still not quite up there with Wayne Carey and Co. yet. I mark modern-day midfielders a bit harder than key forwards though, as they rarely cop a tag and can run around freely, even on Grand Final day!