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AFL, give the Showdown the respect it deserves

Jack Hudson writes it’s time to give the Showdown the Friday night time slot.

The AFL’s best rivalry is being constantly neglected by the higher powers, and it’s about time it’s stopped.

Port Adelaide's Sam Gray evades Adelaide's Rory Laird. PHOTO: AFL Media.

Last week, the Showdown featured in one of the worst time slots going around, the 4.05pm shift.

This week, the Crows travelled to the Gold Coast and slaughtered the Suns.

Credit to the Crows and Power fans, it was another crowd over 50,000 people.

However, that has a ripple down effect – it hampers SANFL matches on at the time, and it definitely cripples local clubs, as most of those attendees would be involved at local level.

In all 47 of its matches, the Showdown has NEVER featured on a Friday night, which is an absolute joke.

14 of the 47 matches have been decided by under 10 points, three of those at Adelaide Oval.

Nearly every one of the games at the Adelaide Oval has been a classic – that includes the one-sided games.

Admittedly, the Friday night fixturing has been a lot better than previous years – where the weekly massacre of Carlton became boring very quickly.

However, no Showdown. Again.

Next year – it should be the first thing pencilled in. A Showdown on a Friday night.

And as for the suggestion of a Showdown being played at the MCG, that is one of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard.

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Jack grew up in Gawler, South Australia – just 45 minutes north of Adelaide – and has a passion for all things football and soccer. Jack has worked in the media for more than four years, and hosts his own sports show on Barossa radio station BBBfm. He previously played football for Elizabeth, South Gawler, Gawler Central and at junior level with Central District, and is a die-hard Port Adelaide fan.