Geelong coach Brad Scott has brushed Nathan Buckley’s comments off as an attempt at humour.
“Unfortunately, we don’t get to do it as often as we’d like, and we don’t get 18 home games like Geelong, so we’ve got to get our advantages somewhere, and we try to maximise that as best we can,” Nathan Buckley told SEN’s Whateley on Wednesday.
Scott wasn’t taking the statement too seriously.
“It doesn’t make any sense to me,” he said.
“Sometimes Bucks tries to be funny and it falls a bit flat at least for me anyway. It’s an attempt at humour, that’s my best guess.”
Following these comments, he brought up the fairness of Richmond’s closing schedule. The Tigers have the possibility to play their final seven games at the MCG if their finals opponents break right for them, should they make the finals.
“I think there is some paranoia around the competition about home ground advantage because everyone acknowledges how important it is,” Scott said.
“If you told someone in the US for example that a team could play at the Grand Final venue for the last seven times in a row and then not qualify for a home final but still play the MCG, I think they would laugh at us.”
Geelong are currently pushing for the ability to host a home qualifying final at their home, GMHBA Stadium if they draw an interstate club. Geelong is currently tied with Essendon with the most home wins with seven.