If Good Friday is to become a fixture on the AFL fixture, two clubs need to own it.
That is the opinion of North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw.
With the AFL set to end its refusal to schedule a match on the public holiday next year, Brayshaw wants the league to recognise a burgeoning rivalry.
“I don’t like the rotation thought. All the blockbuster days are what they are (because of two clubs),” Brayshaw said.
“Essendon and Collingwood play Anzac Day, those two clubs make it work.
“Same as Queen’s Birthday (Melbourne and Collingwood) and Dreamtime at the `G – Richmond and Essendon.
“That’s why we’re passionate about doing it with Carlton, because we think we need to establish a really good game first up.”
Western Bulldogs are also keen to be involved in the Good Friday match, but Brayshaw believed one of the city’s four most powerful clubs needed to be involved.
“If you’re going to have a blockbuster game work, you need a club that has the big sort of gravitas,” he said.
“The reason Collingwood, Essendon, Richmond and Carlton are the big four is because they’ve all got a massive supporter base.
“Everytime we play the Blues we get 45,000-plus fans. I think it (Good Friday) needs to have a club like that involved.”