Just where finals are played is the AFL’s call and last year they held the history making all-Sydney qualifying final at ANZ Stadium with the Giants coming up trumps by 36 points in a fiery encounter.
The Giants are two games ahead of the Swans and if they stay above their rivals over the next six weeks they will have hosting rights.
“Right now it’s never going to be the SCG,” Giants CEO David Matthews told the Daily Telegraph.
“I wasn’t surprised by what he (Pridham) said but it’s fundamentally absurd and makes no sense. I understand he’s excited about the weekends result and he’s looking forward but if we end up in the position we were last year we wouldn’t contemplate the SCG at all.”
A fired-up Matthews said he’s surprised the Swans even want the Giants in the eastern suburbs at all.
“The Swans don’t enjoy seeing us run clinics in the inner west so why would they want us to play games in the east,” Matthews said.
Last year the Swans were forced to host the Giants at ANZ Stadium despite winning the minor premiership and the Giants finishing in fourth spot after no matches were played at the Olympic venue during the season.
Matthews believes the end result where a record 60,222 fans turned out vindicated the AFL’s decision.
“Last year’s final was the biggest AFL game that’s been played here,” Matthews said.
“The derby was alive and well and the stadium looked great. We’re guided by the AFL and they would need to do an agreement with ANZ Stadium but if they do and we find ourselves matched with the Swans it would be logical to play there.
“The question is simple do you want to repeat the experience we had last year and the answer is yes.”
The prospect of an all-Sydney playoff still remains remote based on the ladder positions of the Harbour City rivals.
The AFL’s agreement with ANZ Stadium ended last year and the game’s governing body is yet to approach stadium management.
The venue has not held an AFL match since last year’s qualifying final and has been in rectangular configuration since.
To bring the stadium up to standard for an AFL final would require major resurfacing of the ground.