Eagles prelim set for afternoon slot

The Eagles will meet either Melbourne or Hawthorn in an afternoon preliminary final at Optus Stadium.

The AFL announced on Tuesday afternoon that bounce down will be at 1:20pm WST allowing the travelling team to arrive back in Melbourne on Saturday evening. 

In round 22, the Eagles and Demons played a thriller in the same time slot on the Sunday afternoon allowing the game to run straight into the Seven Network's nightly news bulletin. 

AFL spokesman Travis Auld said thanks to partner Virgin Australia they were able to lock in a direct flight home for the competing team. 


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