A local parent has complained about what she describes as a lack of consultation from the AFL as they move towards hosting a twilight Grand Final in the near future. As the usual pre-decision ruminations emanate from AFL House, presumably in an attempt to soften the views of the footballing public before the inevitable announcement, Sarah Leonard claims she hasn’t been consulted — and she’s not happy about it.

Speaking exclusively to The Watsonia Bugle, Leonard said, “They want to move the Grand Final right into the middle of the witching hour? Are they serious? It’s easy for Gil to get a nanny flown over on the cheap, but what about the rest of us? This could legitimately ruin one of the best days on the calendar.”

In addition to being miffed about the lack of consultation, Leonard is also fed up with the way the AFL manages these types of big decisions. She said, “It’s the same story every time. They start leaking little suggestions here and there, partly to test the waters but also to soften the impact of when the official announcement is made. Like when they asked Trent Cotchin and Sam Mitchell to submit reasons why the Brownlow should be taken off Jobe Watson, rather than the AFL having the balls to just do that themselves.

“And they’ve been softening up the footy public on this twilight Grand Final thing for about three or four years now. Yet not once have they consulted the parents of Australia. They honest, hard-working, football-loving people who will now have to deal with the day’s most intense tantrums right in the middle of a suspense-filled final quarter. Thanks a lot AFL, you’ve done it again.”

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