By NEAFL Media
Sunday football will become a regular feature next season after the 2019 North East Australian Football League fixture was released today.
Nine rounds will host Sunday football – seven of which are AFL curtain raisers – with Redland hosting both Aspley and Southport in two local Sunday clashes at Scottsdale Park.
Following the success of last year’s Good Friday clash between Canberra and Southport – which will return in 2019 – an additional Good Friday match has been scheduled between Aspley and Brisbane at Voxson Oval (formerly Graham Rd).
There will also be an additional match in Alice Springs, with NT Thunder hosting Aspley (Round 12) and Redland (Round 17) at TIO Traeger Park.
Canberra will get its taste of Friday night action for the first time when they host the GIANTS at Phillip Oval in Round 5.
Sydney Swans and Sydney University’s annual Friday night blockbuster has again been scheduled in Round 6, with the Students to host the GIANTS in a third Friday night match of the season in Round 13 at Henson Park.
The Grand Final rematch between Southport and Sydney will take place in Round 15 in Sydney.
NEAFL Operations Manager, Luke Gatti, said the fixture aims to build a successful 2018 season, which was the most competitive on record.
“Our goal for the 2019 NEAFL fixture was to enable our clubs to engage with their communities and supporters by adding extra Sunday games, and additional matches on Good Friday, Friday night and in Alice Springs,” he said.
“We are pleased our traditional clashes in ANZAC Round between Redland and NT Thunder, and Friday night between Sydney Swans and Sydney University, were able to be maintained.
“We are confident the 2019 fixture will allow for another competitive and exciting season for football in the northern states.”
Round 1 will commence on April 6, coinciding with Round 3 of the Toyota AFL Premiership Season, with the Grand Final to be held on September 14 or 15, during Week 2 of the AFL Finals.
All clubs will have three byes, with the NEAFL to retain a three-week finals series featuring the top six teams.
2019 NEAFL Fixture Highlights
- 2 Good Friday matches (Round 3)
- 3 Friday night matches (Rounds 5, 6, 13)
- 2 Alice Springs matches (Rounds 12, 17)
- ANZAC Round showpiece, Redland v NT (Round 4)
- Grand Final rematch (Round 15)
- 9 Sunday fixtures
- Approx 25 AFL curtain raisers*
*Final number to be confirmed
DOWNLOAD the full fixture: 2019 NEAFL Fixture
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