Fremantle’s quest to host the AFL’s official Anzac Day night game each year is set to intensify with the club investigating ways to still play its Len Hall fixture after Essendon and Collingwood next season, even though it falls on a Wednesday.

The Dockers have played on Anzac Day for the last four years and organised pre-match Anzac tributes every year since 1996.

Monday night’s ceremony commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk, the Battle of Crete and the sinking of the HMAS Sydney.

A Wednesday night game raises a series of issues for the club, notably how to handle a short break from the previous week if it has to travel.

But Fremantle chief executive Steve Rosich said the club was keen to look at ways it could maintain its position as an Anzac Day club.

“The club is proud of the Len Hall game tradition and has enjoyed playing football on Anzac Day for the last four years,” Rosich said.

“It’s a game that is eagerly anticipated by the members and sponsors.

“We hope that tradition continues. We’ll continue to liaise with the AFL and request to play our game on or around Anzac Day.

“Clearly it’s a bit problematic with the fixture falling on a Wednesday. But we’ll investigate it.

“It’s a 15-year tradition, we get great support from the AFL and we’re very proud of our production.”

Essendon and Collingwood have twice played as the stand-alone game on a Wednesday.

The AFL scheduled them to play on the same day the previous weekend so they both had the same recovery.

Rosich said the new broadcast agreement would determine whether two Friday night games could be played next year. If that happened, two clubs would be required to play the Bombers and Magpies. Those teams could then face off on the Wednesday night at Patersons Stadium.

Rosich said a Thursday night game also opened the door for a longer preparation for the clubs. He floated the prospect of Fremantle and West Coast both playing home games in the same round, so the Dockers could avoid travel the week before Anzac Day.

 

 

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