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Pre-finals bye is back in the spotlight


Since the implementation of the pre-finals bye – which came about after North Melbourne and Fremantle rested players en masse in the final round of 2015 – only four qualifying final winners have qualified for the grand final. They are: Richmond and Adelaide (2017), West Coast (2018) and Richmond (2019). Conversely six qualifying final winners have lost a fortnight later in the preliminary final: Geelong and Greater Western Sydney (2016), Richmond (2018), Collingwood (2019) and Port and Brisbane (2020).

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Lions coach Chris Fagan said it was an issue worth exploring.

“It’s actually a good question and it’s really hard to say,” Fagan said.

“That thought went through my mind because we’ve only played 17 games this year and…



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