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ARL Commission chairman Peter V'landys is adamant the  Grand Final will remain in its usual Sunday night slot, despite calls for it to be played earlier in the day.<br>Sunday's clash between Parramatta and Penrith at Accor Stadium in  will kick off at 7:30pm AEDT, continuing the recent trend of evening starts.<br>The last time the showpiece event of the NRL season began before 7pm AEDT was in 2012, when proceedings between Canterbury and  kicked off at 5pm AEDT.<br>      (image:  )    Last year's Grand Final between Penrith and South Sydney kicked off at 7:35pm<br>  RELATED ARTICLES                Share this article Share 15 shares  And V'landys is adamant the Grand Final will continue to be played under the floodlights. <br> <br /> 'At the end of the day, you've https://bop.me/slotgacormudahmenang  for the time being <br>V'landys comments come just days after rugby league great Matty Johns had urged the NRL to revert to a daytime Grand Final.<br>'I would love to see a day Grand Final return to the NRL,' Johns told Garry Lyon and Tim Watson on SEN Radio.<br>'I think it's a better standard of football. In our game, you move the ball around a lot more.<br>'And I just like the atmosphere of a daytime Grand Final.'<br>      (image:  )    Former rugby league great Matty Johns has called on the NRL to scrap night grand finals <br>      (image:  )    The 2012 NRL Grand Final between Melbourne and Canterbury was the last to start at 5pm<br>Johns also noted the AFL has resisted calls to shift the start time of the Grand Final to accommodate evening viewers.<br>'You see the MCG [for the AFL grand final] and you just see it jammed with everyone in there,' he said.<br>'At night, you don't really get a great perspective of whether it's a full house.<br>          'I like that tradition that the AFL have of a daytime grand final and I'd hate to see it change for the sake of just a few more eyeballs watching it.'<br>      (image:  )    The AFL Grand Final reverted to the usual 2:30pm start last week at the MCG <br>The AFL reverted to the usual 2:30pm start for last week's Grand Final between Geelong and Sydney, after the previous two editions were held at night -  in Brisbane then Perth due to Covid restrictions in Melbourne.<br>Both games attracted much larger numbers than this year's edition. <br>OzTam ratings released last Sunday showing 2.179 million people watched Geelong thrash Sydney across the five-city metropolitan audience.<br>It was the lowest rating decider since OzTAM began recording in 2001 and was a significant body blow for the AFL. <br>  RELATED ARTICLES                Share this article Share 15 shares                                    data-track-module="am-external-links^external-links">  Read more:                  DM.later('bundle', function()        DM.has('external-source-links', 'externalLinkTracker');    );
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