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AFL confirms when rescheduled Essendon-Melbourne match will be played


AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has revealed there is likely to be another condensed fixture block on the horizon.

Rounds 14-16 is set to be played in a similar fashion to the ‘football frenzy’ between Rounds 9-12 with the final round of matches to be scheduled in the traditional Thursday-Sunday time slots.

The rescheduled match between Essendon and Melbourne will be played at some point between Rounds 14-16 after the initial Round 3 encounter was postponed in June.

“This is the emerging view hot off the press. It’s going to be worked through with clubs and the Players’ Association,” McLachlan told 3AW.

“There’s going to be a Round 13 … then they’re talking about having another period of compression if the players and clubs want to do it, and then we will finish with a traditional round.

“During that compression period, it (Essendon v Melbourne) will be picked up in that compression series.

“That’s the broad plan which will be somewhere from (Rounds) 14 to 16. That’s broadly what is being discussed.”

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