Footy In Your Backyard

The 2016 NAB Challenge has been officially launched by AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan as tickets go on-sale to members and the general public.

There will be 27 matches in 21 regional and metropolitan centres across the four weeks of competition, including 4 in NSW and ACT. As with previous years, AFL and club members will be able to get in free, subject to availability.  

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said the NAB Challenge allowed fans from right around Australia access to elite football in their own Backyards

“The community is the life blood of our game, so with our partner NAB, the AFL is pleased to take matches to regional and suburban grounds that don’t normally host AFL matches.”

NAB Challenge runs from Thursday February 18 through to Sunday March 13 and will see all 18 teams playing three games – two in the first three weeks and a final match each in the fourth week.

Every match across the opening three weeks will be played at regional or suburban venues around the country, while the fourth and final week will see matches staged at metropolitan AFL venues to maximise team preparations ahead of the Premiership Season.

NSW/ACT matches

Date Match Location Time
Saturday, 20 February Sydney Swans vs Port Adelaide Blacktown International Sportspark 4:40PM
Thursday, 25 February GIANTS vs Western Bulldogs Manuka Oval 7:10PM
Friday, 4 March Sydney Swans vs GIANTS Drummoyne Oval, Sydney 7:10PM
Saturday, 5 March North Melbourne vs Collingwood Robertson Oval, Wagga Wagga 4:40PM

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