North Melbourne Kangaroos

AFL 2018 Round 02 - North Melbourne v St Kilda

Do the Saints and the Roos deserve Good Friday footy?

Former Essendon captain Tim Watson is unsure what the AFL should do with the Good Friday fixture, after a poor crowd between North Melbourne and St Kilda last week.

Just 33,966 fans attended the Good Friday clash at Etihad Stadium, after the Kangaroos and Western Bulldogs drew 42,814 in the corresponding fixture last season.

The Age reported this morning the league is considering scheduling higher drawing clubs for the marquee match, and Watson believes the Good Friday game remains a mystery for the competition.

“I’m betwixt and between on the discussion about this,” he told SEN Breakfast.

“I think you build a rivalry over a period of time.

“I don’t know if you can build a rivalry specifically based on these games on a Good Friday, or those teams need to already have an existing rivalry for those games to develop into some sort of blockbuster.

“The whole idea of Etihad Stadium being the venue on Good Friday is teams like North Melbourne and St Kilda should have been able to fill that stadium.

“34,000 people last Friday is a really disappointing crowd.”

The Roos have been pioneers of the Good Friday clash, while it has been reported the Dogs were privately angry at losing their spot in the fixture.

Originally published on SEN.com.au