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Giants want to play Richmond away from ’G

The Giants will request their season-defining home game against Richmond in round 22 be played at either Marvel Stadium or GMHBA Stadium rather than at the MCG.

The club was sorting through whether it would prefer to head down the highway to play in Geelong, where it upset the Cats on Friday night, or at Marvel Stadium, where it lost to Port Adelaide in round 20.

GWS are keen to play Richmond at either Marvel or GMBHA Stadium in round 22.

GWS are keen to play Richmond at either Marvel or GMBHA Stadium in round 22.Credit:Getty Images

The Giants have lost their past four matches at Marvel Stadium but lost to Richmond at the venue by just four points in round nine in a result that has kept the Tigers in the finals hunt.

After that match Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said “I hate coming here” after the club was scheduled to play the match at Marvel Stadium rather than the MCG.

Richmond have won just four of their 10 matches at the MCG in 2021 after dominating at the venue from 2017-2019. They have won two of the three games they have played at Marvel Stadium in 2021.

With no crowds at venues, the AFL is likely to be receptive to the club’s request although its scheduling issues remain strong with lockdowns in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.

The WA derby occurs in round 22, while Carlton are scheduled to play Port Adelaide in South Australia.

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Brisbane have been in Perth this week to play Fremantle and were scheduled to play Collingwood in round 22 at the Gabba before finishing their season against the Eagles at home.

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