MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 27: AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan speaks to the media during the 2017 AFL Season Fixture Release at AFL House on October 27, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Last season’s breathtaking preliminary final between Greater Western Sydney and the Western Bulldogs is considered by many as one of the greatest games ever.

It had everything; an electric atmosphere, drama, momentum swings and a history making conclusion, and according to Gillon McLachlan, these were all intensified by the twilight timeslot.

“Every part of that was compelling,” McLachlan said.

“That twilight nature has not been talked about but it certainly added to it.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 24: Marcus Bontempelli (left) and Tom Liberatore of the Bulldogs celebrate as the final siren sounds during the 2016 AFL First Preliminary Final match between the GWS Giants and the Western Bulldogs at Spotless Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The match, played on a Saturday night in Sydney, was the second most watch game of the year behind the Grand Final. Despite this, McLachlan said the AFL would not move the Grand Final time based on ratings alone.

“I would never recommend moving [the Grand Final time] for ratings,” McLachlan said.

“By what is right for the fans, the traditions of the game and what is fair for the competing teams – those factors will always be put ahead of money,

“We will never put television interests ahead of the football and the match-day experience. We’re unequivocal on this – and we have demonstrated such by leaving the decision on the timing of the grand final with us and by not making it part of the television contract.”

McLachlan conceded that “there is a price” that would make the AFL Commission consider moving the Grand Final from the traditional 2:30pm timeslot. However, McLachlan said the issue was not currently on the agenda for the Commission.