Brown lashes out at AFL after Lions lose home grand final

AFLW 2017 Rd 05- Adelaide v Brisbane

Guardian Australia understands Queensland cricket administrators raised concerns that the Gabba's cricket pitches may not recover in time for the Ashes series in November if the AFL men's season went ahead as scheduled.

Brisbane finished top in the inaugural women's season, giving them home-ground advantage for the grand final.

"As long-term tenants of the Gabba, we're very sympathetic to the Brisbane Lions and the AFL's situation".

The issues in Brisbane have angered the Lions, with Lions chief executive Greg Swann dumbfounded that new grass had been sewn on the centre-wicket area for next summer's opening Ashes Test.

"The AFL is profoundly disappointed the Gabba surface is not able to be presented for the showpiece match", McLachlan said.

"AFL is continuing to work with Stadiums QLD, the Gabba and the QLD Govt and will have a AFLW grand final venue determined by tomorrow", AFL media manager Patrick Keane announced on Twitter.

"Why was new turf laid straight after the Adele concerts knowing full well that there was AFL to be played in a matter of weeks?"

The surface was deemed unsafe after two March concerts by the British singer.

Swann said the Gabba unavailability was "totally unfair and totally ridiculous".

Gabba manager Blair Conaghan said they had been "extremely motivated" to host the AFLW final.

On Monday, after independent testing ruled the centre grass had not taken root enough to stop layers from slipping, de Brenni said: "Gabba staff made an fantastic effort to prepare the ground".

Mitchell declined to comment when contacted by Guardian Australia.

Former Brisbane Lions coach Leigh Matthews criticised the failure for the grounds to be ready.

But the team had chose to focus on making the most of their first grand final experience, he said.

He shied away from accusing Gabba staff of sabotage telling Fox it came down to them not making the Women's grand final a priority.

The Brisbane Lions scored the right to host the decider after an undefeated debut season, but as the ABC reports, a final inspection of the field today saw a small patch of grass cause their sky to fall.

The decision, expected to cost Translink between $300,000 and $400,000, was made in part because of the difficulty of discerning whether or not people were going to the game on the Gold Coast because fans will not require a ticket.



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