Western Bulldogs Seeking AFL Explanation Over Good Friday Fixture

'The board will seek a meeting.'

Western Bulldogs Seeking AFL Explanation Over Good Friday Fixture (Image: Getty)

The Western Bulldogs will ask the AFL why they were looked over for the Good Friday fixture in 2018.

The Dogs will make way next season, with North Melbourne and St Kilda pencilled in for the Friday twilight fixture next season.

Bulldogs president Peter Gordon said the club was "disappointed" to miss out, and will ask the AFL what prompted the decision.

"The club's board, and its entire staff who worked so hard on the 2017 game, were disappointed to learn that the Bulldogs would not be involved in the game next year," he said on Tuesday.

"The board will seek a meeting with AFL commissioners to understand whether there was any shortcoming in the Bulldogs' 2017 support for or participation in the game, or any principle of competitive balance or fixturing, which provides an explanation for the AFL's decision."

The Bulldogs have been given another four Friday night games in 2018: round six against the Blues, round nine against the Crows, round 10 against the Pies and round 15 against the Cats.

AFL fixture boss Travis Auld said the Dogs' fixture had played into the decision.

"We made it clear that we wouldn't lock in two teams and we've been true to our word there," he said.

"North Melbourne have ended up with the opportunity for the second year in a row...they did a really good job with it.

"The Bulldogs did as well but they'e got a lot of other things in their fixture, which made it difficult to get them back on Good Friday...so it's a balance."

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