Good News Everyone - Carlton vs Richmond to be the season opener again in 2023

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Tiger2709

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And big clubs will continue to think they stay big on merit lol
No, they stay big on ability to attract big crowds even when not at their best for many years.

I'm not in favour of blockbuster games it makes the AFL season more contrived than it already is.
 

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Dogs vs Dees again would have been nice. Both times they played each other this year were good games and both won 1 a piece. Decent little rivalry building.
 

LukeParkerno1

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What's wrong with it this year? Both are sides that should be in and around the 8.

Whilst 5 years ago this was a terrible idea right now, no issue.
 

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As a Richmond supporter, I would prefer we didn't start the year off every year. Historically, Carlton designs their preseason all around this game and throw every thing they have at us. Richmond tend to try and build into the season so in that first game, we are normally not at our best. Now things might change next season but it means a lot of hype for just 4 points.

Now don't get me wrong, there is some great rewards for playing the game - higher profile which reward sponsors and promote merchandise/membership sales, preparing players for other big games/finals etc but I would prefer to build into the season and have the hype for games when we're at our peak.
 

MisterMarcus

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Not sure why everyone's getting upset, it makes perfect sense to me.

Geelong and Sydney play their GF last game of the season, Richmond and Carlton play their GF first game of the season.

It's a nice bookend to each year.
 

Grin

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Not sure why everyone's getting upset, it makes perfect sense to me.

Geelong and Sydney play their GF last game of the season, Richmond and Carlton play their GF first game of the season.

It's a nice bookend to each year.
Well the AFL needs a decent ratings booster after there was so little interest in the Geelong/Sydney Grand Final outside of NSW.
Can anyone even remember it?
 

Elmer_Judd

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Dogs vs Dees again would have been nice. Both times they played each other this year were good games and both won 1 a piece. Decent little rivalry building.

Nah, doesn't have the crowd drawing or TV rating pulling power of Blues v Tigers.

Dare say Channel 7 would have been consulted too.
 

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A fixture that has been more miss than hit historically so normally don't watch it (unless I have nothing better to do that night and the NRL game is equally crap) but this year will be a decent fixture. Can count on one hand the amount of times that has been the case but not complaining about it this year.
 

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MisterMarcus

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Well the AFL needs a decent ratings booster after there was so little interest in the Geelong/Sydney Grand Final outside of NSW.
Can anyone even remember it?
I think the opposition fans who've written hundreds of pissy meltdown posts and threads about Geelong probably remember it.
 

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It should always be two massive clubs to maximise viewers. So what’s the alternatives? Personally, I’m happy with Carlton and Richmond.

Although it does make me wonder why Carlton/Collingwood, Essendon/Carlton, Richmond/Collingwood don’t have marquee games.

I might be beautiful but that doesn’t mean I’m perfect so I could possibly be missing something but from memory, Richmond has the season opener and Dreamtime.

Carlton only a season opener.

Essendon has Dreamtime, Anzac and the passionless country game.

Collingwood get Queens and Anzac.

The league likes to manufacture rivalries that don’t exist such as Geelong vs Essendon. Therefore I wouldn’t mind seeing some WA vs SA hatred going. Any combination of Adelaide or Port against WC or Freo would work for me but definitely not as a season opener.
 

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Really? Who would mind little Geelong winning another flag? It was probably big news in Geelong a few weeks ago. God love'em.
You’re a good bloke Grin
 

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Well the AFL needs a decent ratings booster after there was so little interest in the Geelong/Sydney Grand Final outside of NSW.
Can anyone even remember it?

Might have to watch it again to make sure. :)
 

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i believe the season opener should be stripped from richmond and carlton and be given to gold coast and gws

a true prime time fixture slot to help grow the two expansion teams would be a nice boost to help develop their supporter base even more and push football into non-heartland territory

neither carlton or richmond will want for "blockbuster" games with this removed and frankly do not deserve to retain the season opener on merit due to the quality of the matchup over the last 2 decades being rather poor
 

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Your lot haven't managed it yet.
You'd reckon Geelong and Melbourne would be natural rivals being the oldest clubs and all. Maybe they could have a blockbuster each year with the rotating venue at their respective grammar schools :thumbsu:
The toffee cup anyone?
 

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Why do the persist with this?

Should be the two grand finalists from the previous year, stand alone game.
 

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i believe the season opener should be stripped from richmond and carlton and be given to gold coast and gws

a true prime time fixture slot to help grow the two expansion teams would be a nice boost to help develop their supporter base even more and push football into non-heartland territory

neither carlton or richmond will want for "blockbuster" games with this removed and frankly do not deserve to retain the season opener on merit due to the quality of the matchup over the last 2 decades being rather poor

What other blockbuster games do Carlton have?
 

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No, they stay big on ability to attract big crowds even when not at their best for many years.
And that's largely based on who your parents barrack for. Of course, you can screw that up over many years of underperformance...
 

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