AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan must be one of our devoted readers. The other one’s whereabouts are undetermined at this point, but possibly could be sequestered in Melbourne.

Gillon McLachlan has recently spoken of the potential of having an AFL Grand Final someplace other than MCG, although his words contained more than a bucketful of ambiguity.

One moment, it was, “They’ve been great to us Queensland, and I think it’s very clear Queensland would love to have the Grand Final as would other states. At the moment I don’t have anything to add other than what I’ve said,” he said.

The next moment, it was, “The Grand Final is at the MCG, it’s contracted, and until things change or there’s anything alternate that’s where it will be. If it’s not there, then obviously Queensland’s a fabulous option.”

We very much doubt that Gillon McLachlan reads our scribblings, but when Melbourne went on lockdown and the remaining Victoria clubs were sent north, we speculated that the 2020 AFL Grand Final could be outside MCG.

Gillon McLachlan’s words came over the course of an announcement that there will be some AFL fixtures played in Cairns.

That news sent us scrambling for our map. Reassured that Cairns is not Darwin, Gillon McLachlan’s words made more sense.

Of all the professional sports leagues, by which we mean all around the world, the AFL has been exceedingly nimble at planning its fixture, taking things a few weeks at a time, rather than breaking out hammer and chisel to etch the balance of the season all the way to the conclusion.

It has yet to be decided which of the AFL clubs will played at Cazaly’s Stadium, but Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that three AFL Premiership games would take place there.

The Queensland Premier is the chief fly buzzing the AFL for a Grand Final away from MCG.

TAG: Cairns to host AFL fixtures at Cazaly’s Stadium in next block of games.

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