Hands off Cup carnival timeslot: Lloyd Williams' warning to AFL

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The AFL has set a target of October 31 to finish its revamped season. It's the very same day when the Cup carnival is due to kick off with Victoria Derby Day.

, with the Victoria Racing Club willing to go head-to-head with the grand final if it falls on the opening day of the Cup carnival.

VRC chief executive Neil Wilson said all options would be considered if the AFL season stretched to the end of October, and he acknowledged it would make life easier for the racing club if the grand final were either earlier in the month or at night to avoid a direct clash.He said the VRC would work with the AFL to get the best possible outcome for Victorian sports fans. "We would have to have a think about it [going head to head]," Wilson says.

"Gil McLachlan should realise the VRC has had those dates [the end of October/start of November] long before the AFL existed," he says. "If they must play football in the racing territory play on a Sunday. More people in Australia and around the world watch the Melbourne Cup than the AFL grand final."

An October 24 finish might suit all parties more. The Age reported last month that Moonee Valley Racing Club would consider running the Cox Plate under lights, which would enable broadcaster Channel Seven to roll from the football into the country's top weight-for-age race.Wilson says the VRC is still planning for the status quo.


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Who cares? I just want to use the local park right now

Nobody gives a shit 😒

Let the torture begin! 😕

Seriously not an issue. Plenty of us can manage to keep one eye/ear on the racing & one on the footy, been doing it for years. It's not as if crowds are a problem, won't be attendances at either. Racing authorities just need to be careful about timing of major races on the day.

Night Grand Final

Have you not noticed that most people don't actually care?

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