Marsh Community Series Fixture Released
The AFL has today announced the fixture for the 2020 Marsh Community Series, with Blacktown International Sportspark and Robertson Oval (Wagga Wagga) hosting the New South Wales region’s two Marsh Community Series matches for 2020.
Each club will play two matches in the Marsh Community Series with all teams playing in the final week to ensure equal preparation leading into Round 1 and all clubs have a minimum of a seven day break.
All matches will be broadcast live on Fox Footy and through the official AFL App thanks to Telstra.
We will see the first Sydney Derby of the year at Blacktown International Sportspark when the GIANTS and Sydney Swans meet on Saturday, 29 February 2020 at 4.10pm.
Then it’s a trip to the heartland of southern NSW for the GIANTS as they take on the reigning Premiers Richmond in a Grand Final re-match at Robertson Oval in Wagga Wagga.
It will be a home game for former Wagga Wagga resident Harry Himmelberg as well as his fellow Riverina talents Jacob Hopper (Leeton), Zac Williams (Narrandera), Matt Flynn (Narrandera), Jeremy Finlayson (Culcairn), Harry Perryman (Collingullie) and Zach Sproule (Albury).
Sydney’s second and final pre-season hitout will fall on Monday, March 9 when the Swans travel to Hobart to take on North Melbourne at Kingston Twin Ovals at 1:40pm.
AFL General Manager of Broadcasting Travis Auld made the announcement at Ikon Park in Carlton.
“Our two objectives for the pre-season fixture is to give clubs the right opportunity to prepare ahead of the season and to take the matches to the regional and suburban grounds.” Mr Auld said
“The regional matches give fans the opportunity to see the elite players up close.”
“The Marsh Community Series celebrates the entire AFL community: the local clubs, businesses and people who support and love our game. The series is about bringing people together through the power of footy.”
The fixture release coincides with the announcement of Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and risk adviser, as the ‘Official Risk Partner’ of the AFL.
Marsh recently acquired long-term AFL partner JLT and will see the relationship with AFL, which commenced in 2004, continue long into the future with Marsh extending the relationship as naming rights partner of the Community Series into its fourth year.
Marsh Head of Risk Management, Damian Schinck, was on hand for today’s announcement.
“Our strength as the Official Risk Partner for the AFL continues, ensuring a safe, enjoyable platform for hundreds of thousands of spectators, officials and players around the country. We’re really proud to continue our long-term partnership with the AFL, to benefit the wonderful community around AFL.”
“Hosting a Marsh match leaves legacy facilities in place for local clubs and councils. This investment goes beyond the game itself, with any infrastructure providing a home for a community’s biggest moments, on and off the field.” Mr Schinck said.
“As the Official Risk Partner of the AFL, Marsh use data and tools to constantly anticipate and mitigate evolving risk in the AFL. Marsh and AFL work in partnership to drive the National Risk Protection Program – keeping our stars in the game and creating a pathway to a safer game for all.” Mr Schinck said.
The NAB AFL Women’s fixtures will be released tomorrow Tuesday 29 October, while the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership season fixtures will be released Thursday 31 October.
Saturday 29 February
Sydney Swans vs GIANTS, Blacktown International Sportspark, 4:10pm
Sunday 8 March
GIANTS vs Richmond, Robertson Oval Wagga Wagga, 12:40pm
Monday 9 March
North Melbourne vs Sydney Swans, Kingston Oval, Hobart, 1:40pm.