By JESS WEBSTER
The countdown to the 2019 NEAFL season is in full swing with practice matches set to kick off on March 2.
Nine of the NEAFL’s 10 teams will be in action over five weeks, kicking off with Aspley taking on Brisbane at Voxon Oval in less than three weeks.
The Hornets will play the Lions, defending premier Southport and Redland to complete their trials games, whilst Brisbane will also tackle Redland and Gold Coast
Canberra will host the GIANTS at Gungahlin Oval in a Thursday night clash on March 7, followed by a clash with Sydney and a final intra club match on March 16.
The Lions will also battle Redland the SUNS, with Gold Coast also set to face QAFL premiers Palm Beach at Metricon Stadium on March 24.
Southport play just twice against Aspley and Redland as they prepare to defend its title, with Sydney, the GIANTS and Sydney University all testing themselves against each other in Sydney.
NT Thunder players certainly won’t be missing out, with the NTFL Finals Series just around the corner as they prepare to host Brisbane in Round 1 on April 6 at TIO Stadium.
Check out the full schedule below. Stay tuned to neafl.com.au during March as we bring you the latest scores and news from each practice game.
Saturday, March 2
Brisbane Lions 14.9 (93) d Aspley 7.8 (50) at Voxon Oval
Thursday, March 7
Canberra 10.4 (64) d GIANTS 8.6 (54) at Gungahlin Oval
Saturday, March 9
Aspley 19.20 (134) d Redland 8.3 (51) at Voxon Oval.
Saturday, March 16
Southport 11.10 (76) d Redland 6.7 (43) at Fankhauser Reserve
Sydney Uni 7.10 (52) d Sydney 5.12 (42) at Henson Park
Saturday, March 23
Brisbane Lions 21.10 (136) d Redland 3.6 (24) at Giffin Park
Southport 13.21 (99) d Aspley 11.4 (7) at Fankhauser Reserve
Sydney Swans 17.9 (111) d Canberra 8.11 (59) at Waratah Oval
Sunday, March 24
Gold Coast SUNS 23.14 (152) d Palm Beach 2.3 (15) at Metricon Stadium
GIANTS 11.10 (76) d Sydney Uni 10.6 (66) at Tom Wills Oval
Saturday, March 30
GIANTS v Sydney Swans at Tom Wills Oval, 11am
Sunday, March 31
Gold Coast SUNS v Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium, 10am
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