Geelong has asked the AFL for a blockbuster Monday night fixture against Greater Western Sydney to end the home-and-away season in Round 23.
As has been the case the past few seasons, Round 23 is a floating fixture and will be finalised later in the year.
The Cats are keen to play on Monday night out of a desire to minimise the break between Round 23 and the first week of finals.
Both GWS and Geelong won their qualifying final last year but were eliminated at the preliminary final stage after playing just one game in three weeks. It was the first time neither qualifying final winner has made the Grand Final since the current final eight system was introduced.
It is thought the two breaks between Round 23 and the preliminary final was a significant factor in their defeats.
Last year, the AFL decided against holding a Monday night game between Adelaide and West Coast after the Crows complained such a fixture would disrupt their ‘fan appreciation week’.
This would suggest the AFL is open to the idea of Monday night football and should give the Cats hope of their request being granted.
The AFL has generally scheduled high drawing matches in blockbuster Thursday, Friday and Saturday night time slots.
Both teams will play on Saturday afternoon in Round 22, which could ultimately determine the league’s final decision.
The game will be played at Simonds Stadium in Geelong and could well decide who finishes the regular season on top of the ladder.