AFL great and visionary Kevin Sheedy believes Sydney is the prime candidate to become the newest home of AFL in the face of ongoing Covid dramas in Victoria.
NSW looms as the likely destination for the next AFL hub but the city will be put to the test this weekend when it hosts three matches, including Friday night’s blockbuster between Melbourne and Brisbane.
“Melbourne has only been beaten once very unfortunately in a close game and Brisbane got beaten in the preliminary (final) last year and want to get there again,’’ said Sheedy, who is back in the harbour city this week.
“They’ve got a fantastic coach and he’s just a kick or two off a grand final.
“I’m going tomorrow night to see the two best teams in the AFL at present and wouldn’t be surprised if they are the two grand final teams.”
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Kevin Sheedy says Sydney is best placed to save the AFL season.Source:News360
The inaugural GWS Giants coach helped play a role in building the game in a rugby league-dominated state and is confident NSW is more than capable of managing a hub for Victorian clubs.
“Why wouldn’t you make it a hub, you’ve got the biggest population. I think Sydney is the perfect place,” Sheedy said.
“It would be great to have a lot of teams here in Sydney which would promote our games enormously.”
Three matches scheduled for Round 12 have been relocated and as a result of a Covid altered fixture and the Swans will play at home instead of Marvel Stadium.
They’ll look to make the SCG a fortress again and take advantage of their three consecutive home games starting with St Kilda this Saturday afternoon.
The Swans have released cheaper ticket bundles (four for $99) in an attempt to fill the stands.
Carlton will also return to the SCG and line up against West Coast Eagles after losing their clash to the Swans there only five days ago.
The Swans are set to benefit from the fixture changes. Picture: Phil HillyardSource:Supplied
Sheedy hopes Sydney AFL fans will make the most of the extra games and sees the benefits in lowering ticket prices for new matches.
“Stadiums are lonely when they are empty,” Sheedy said.
“I would do anything to work on the ticket sales to make sure that we get chances to fill the stadiums and see fantastic sport played by everybody.”
With the Demons and Lions expected to go deep into the finals series this year, Sydney-siders are gifted with the chance to witness a potential grand final preview on their own turf.
“To have an extra game where two teams are on top of the AFL ladder is incredible to be played here in Sydney this Friday night,” Sheedy said.
“It’s an AFL mid-season grand final and I don’t know whether Sydney people understand that.”
Originally published asSheeds: Why Sydney can save the AFL season
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