MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24: Ben Cunnington of the Kangaroos kicks whilst being tackled by Jackson Macrae of the Bulldogs during the round 14 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium on June 24, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

North Melbourne are set to retain their place in the Good Friday fixture against the Bulldogs in 2022 despite losing by 128 points in this year's clash.

The Kangaroos have been involved in the public holiday showcase in the past two seasons, losing to Essendon to the tune of 58 points in a year that also saw Port Adelaide defeat West Coast later that evening.

Adelaide and Gold Coast also held a match this year on Good Friday, with another afternoon time slot set to see North Melbourne and the Bulldogs clash at Marvel Stadium.

As revealed by The Agethe Kangaroos and Bulldogs will feature in a third consecutive Good Friday match, with North Melbourne having held games against Essendon and St Kilda in the seasons prior.

“We’re hopeful the Victorian and North Melbourne members and also Bulldogs fans show up in force,” North Melbourne CEO Ben Amrfio told The Age.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02: The Kangaroos look dejected after a loss during the 2021 AFL Round 03 match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium on April 02, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

28,483 fans flocked to Docklands for this year's game amid the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The league is set to confirm the entire 2022 AFL fixture this week, with Geelong and Hawthorn likely to hold their traditional Easter Monday clash, while there has been no mention of whether another Good Friday game will take place outside of Victoria.

The 2021 Easter weekend saw Collingwood and Brisbane clash on the Thursday night, with three games fixtured on the Saturday and two on the Sunday to see no games overlap.

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