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North, Dogs keen on Good Friday match

  • North, Dogs keen on Good Friday match

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06: Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs flies after a contest during the 2016 AFL Round 20 match between the Western Bulldogs and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium on August 06, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

North Melbourne defender Jamie Macmillan hopes his AFL club's push for Good Friday football is rewarded in 2017.

The league is expected to break with tradition and schedule a game on the religious holiday next year.

The Kangaroos have led the campaign for Good Friday football over the past 25 years.

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But North are one of many contenders for the lucrative addition to the fixture, with Carlton, Western Bulldogs and St Kilda reportedly also in the mix.

"I'd love to play on Good Friday," Macmillan said.

"I look (enviously) at all the other stand-alone games throughout the year - Anzac Day and Dreamtime at the 'G.

"I'd love to play in a big game like that. If we get the chance to play on Good Friday, I'd jump at it."

Western Bulldogs rebounding defender Jason Johannisen expressed similar sentiments.

Johannisen suggested his side's freewheeling approach would be perfect for the mooted blockbuster.

"The way that we play, I think a lot of fans would love to see us play on Good Friday," Johannisen said.

"It's out of my hands but I think we're a team that most people would enjoy watching on that sort of occasion."

The league is yet to confirm whether Good Friday football will go ahead.

"But there is momentum for it," AFL boss Gillon McLachlan said earlier this week.

"The fixturing process will flush out the final decision.

"I would say the majority of clubs support Good Friday football and there's a fair bit of jockeying going on to be the teams that play if we go down that path."

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