NSW hosts three AFL matches this weekend
Four NSW-born AFL players are making a surprise return to their home state this weekend, as COVID has forced two Round 11 matches to be moved to Sydney.
Hawthorn’s Luke Breust (Temora) and Jacob Koschitzke (Albury) will take on the Gold Coast Suns at the SCG on Saturday night, while Taylor Walker (Broken Hill) and Nick Murray’s (Henty/Ganmain) Crows face Richmond on Sunday afternoon at GIANTS Stadium.
AFL NSW/ACT is pleased to support the elite game carry on its premiership season, especially during this weekend’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round.
Sunday afternoon’s SCG match between Sydney and Carlton will go ahead as planned, with Zac Williams (Narrandera) and Will Setterfield (Albury) in Carlton’s starting 18, and Luke Parks (St Ives) and Michael Gibbons (Lavington/Coolamon) on the Blues’ extended bench.
NSW and ACT representatives for the Swans’ Round 11 side are: Sam Wicks (Manly-Warringah), James Bell (Shellharbour), Callum Mills (North Shore), Dane Rampe (Eastern Suburbs), Isaac Heeney (Cardiff), Harry Cunningham (Turvey Park).
AFL Chief Executive, Gillon McLachlan, said of the fixturing changes:
“2021 really is the second season of COVID, and we have continued to operate with the same mindset as 2020,” Mr McLachlan said.
“Our team is well prepared and well organised. Our clubs and our players are continuing to be open-minded and agile, and importantly we continue to anchor all our decision making off the advice of the government and health officials.
“As quickly as the landscape changes in the wider community, we are buoyed by the fact that our league and our competition have successfully worked through similar situations before, both last year and on multiple occasions this year.
“Even though it is not rolling out as we planned, this weekend’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round is an important recognition and we look forward to celebrating the brilliance of all Indigenous players, past and present, over the next two weekends.”
“Our thoughts are with all Victorians as in what we know is a difficult period for many in the community.”
Tickets for the Round 11 clashes are on sale now from the following outlets:
Gold Coast SUNS vs Hawthorn
Saturday May 29
Richmond vs Adelaide Crows
Sunday May 30
Ticket prices for both matches:
Adult $30, Concession $20, Junior $10 and Family $60
All clubs are also offering eligible members $0 access – with information to be communicated from clubs direct to members.