COLLINGWOOD and Melbourne will push to host the first match of a resumed 2020 season in honour of Neale Daniher's fight against MND, despite hopes of playing the traditional clash on the Queen's Birthday holiday fading.
OLD FIXTURE BINNED Traditional timeslots a priority
It appears unlikely that round two of an interrupted AFL season will be able to commence by Monday, June 8, the day of the Queen's Birthday holiday, though the two clubs are still hopeful of celebrating the sixth annual Big Freeze encounter when it does.
Collingwood president Eddie McGuire confirmed on Wednesday night that plans are still in place to support Daniher's FightMND fundraiser at some stage once football does resume, saying the two clubs will make a case for that to include the first game of round two.
"If we could play it on the Queen's Birthday, that would be right … but at the moment, with things being pushed back, it doesn't look like we'll get the pre-season in to do so," McGuire told Channel Nine.
"But we'll still try and play that – and maybe it might be the first game, Collingwood against Melbourne – and if it is, obviously we'll do something big for the Neale Daniher situation.
"It's a bit fluid at the moment. Ideally, we all would've loved to have opened up round two on Queen's Birthday with Collingwood and Melbourne at the MCG, doing it for Neale and having all of the fun of the fair.
"It may not land that way, but we're working towards something great."
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The traditional Big Freeze clash at the MCG raises money and awareness to help fund the treatment and find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease and has featured celebrities and AFL figures plunging down a slide into icy waters before the Pies and the Dees do battle.