While a twilight Grand Final shift still seems inevitable, former Essendon captain Tim Watson believes the AFL has “retreated” for now on the back of fan displeasure.
The vast majority of polls seem to indicate fans don’t want the Grand Final moved from it’s current start time of 2:30pm.
“I tell you what, everybody out there that objected to a twilight Grand Final, you’ve had a big win,” Watson told SEN Breakfast.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that the opposition from people out there and all the polls that were taken, I think that it hit the spot with the AFL commission.
“I reckon they retreated on the back of it. There’s been a bit of change with the starting positions and the modifications, I think they thought this was a step too far to take this year.
“I think they’ll take it eventually, but I think right now they were reluctant to upset people even more.”
Garry Lyon feels those critical of the AFL owe the commission a bit of kudos for choosing to listen to them.
“Do people out there want to give the AFL a pat on the back? People are the first to kick them and give them a belting and say no one listens to us,” Lyon said.
“It would appear they have listened and maintained the tradition, should the traditionalists give the AFL a little pat on the back?”
The 2019 AFL Grand Final will remain at 2:30, but the AFL is yet to commit to the timeslot beyond this year.