The f#cking AFL players can handle a 2pm start and they do a hell of a lot more running than our boys, this is a pathetic, bull**** excuse. Grand final set for twilight zone By Liam Fitzgibbon December 18, 2007 THE 2008 NRL grand final will kick off at 5pm (EDT) after league officials and Channel Nine reached a new agreement. NRL chief executive David Gallop confirmed the October 5 decider would be brought forward from its 7pm start for the first time since 2001 in a bid to appease those who felt the night-time kick-off did not suit children and interstate fans. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“We see it as a near perfect result,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â Gallop said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“Good for players in terms of the heat factor and fans at the ground and at a time when millions of television viewers will be able to watch the game.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â Changes to daylight savings next year mean the competition decider will be played on the first day they come into effect. The 5pm kick-off also means the game will be played mostly in daylight and at 4pm (EST) Queensland time. Gallop said that calls for the match to be restored to its traditional 3pm start were overlooked because of concerns about afternoon heat in October. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“We looked carefully at heat conditions at the time, not only for the first grade game, but for the preliminary games including the first ever Toyota Cup grand final and we felt that 5pm was a better starting time, that being 4pm in Queensland,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â Gallop said. Gallop said the decision supported the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“strong community support for a daytime matchÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â and was made in consulted to the decision, Gallop said. The grand final kick-off time would continue to be reviewed on a year-by-year basis, the NRL said.