The AFL moved the Brownlow medal away from the traditional Monday night ahead of the grand final to avoid a potential clash with Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
- The Brownlow ceremony was scheduled to take place on Monday, September 19
- But the AFL moved the event to Sunday September 18
- The Queen’s funeral is due to take place the week of Monday September 19
The AFL’s biggest night of the year was due to be held at Melbourne’s Crown Casino on September 19.
But AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has confirmed the league will instead stage the Brownlow on September 18, out of respect for the late Queen.
Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral service has not been confirmed, but it will take place the week of September 19.
The move is not unprecedented, with the AFL postponing a qualifying final in 1997 so it did not clash with Princess Diana’s funeral.
“Looking ahead to the AFL Grand Final, the Brownlow is the night of AFL nights, and we look forward to celebrating the medal count accordingly on Sunday evening,” McLachlan said.
Brisbane Lions star Lachie Neale, young Fremantle gunslinger Andrew Brayshaw and Melbourne Premier hero Clayton Oliver are the main contenders for the AFL’s highest individual honour.
Tributes continue to pour in for the late Queen, with the lights at the MCG dimmed ahead of the Melbourne-Brisbane semi-final on Friday night as 62,162 fans observed a minute’s silence.
The AFL also played a part in God Save The Queen before the national anthem as the Demons and Lions teams stood on the pitch.
The exterior of the MCG has also been lit purple in memory of the Queen.
In the NRL, a minute’s silence was observed at Penrith Stadium for the Panthers’ qualifying final against Parramatta.
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