AFL’s fixture boss responds to criticism of Carlton’s Friday night games


The AFL has come under fire for giving Carlton too many Friday night matches.

The Blues finished 16th in 2017, but were handed five Thursday and Friday matches this year.

Other 2017 strugglers Brisbane, Fremantle, Gold Coast, and North Melbourne were not given any.

The AFL’s fixture boss Travis Auld told 3AW Football he accepts Carlton have “probably one or two too many” prime time slots.

“We owned that when we released the fixture,” Auld said.

“You can’t get it right all the time.

“There’s always the unpredictability of how teams are going to perform.

“Some things you can’t control.”

As an example, Auld said the Friday night game of Geelong v GWS – which the Cats won by ten goals – looked like a good match at the start of the season.

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