Premiership 2020 Round 1
Location: Delft, Netherlands
Date: 1st August 2020
After a long wait, the AFL Netherlands season was able to start on August 1. Relaxation of the COVID-19 measures meant that full contact games were finally allowed again. Perhaps because everyone was keen to shake off those quarantine cobwebs, all three clubs in the Netherlands had had great training attendance in the lead up to Round 1, which proved to be a beautiful set up for a competitive day of footy.
The Delft Blues hosted the first round. Over the past few months, Delft welcomed many new members to the club. Playing together as a team for the first time, they were particularly eager to capitalize on their home ground advantage. With a whopping eleven debuts, including two guys in their first competitive game of Aussie Rules ever, they couldn’t wait to be put to the test.
The first match was between the Delft Blues and the Waterland Eagles. The Eagles, consistently growing from their base of Rugby Club Waterland, are becoming a more serious force after every game they play in the Dutch League. This round they had six debuts, of which three guys were about to play their first game of Aussie Rules.
The strong Waterland forward line made their presence known right from the bounce. With some solid goal-kicking, they were up to a comfortable lead shortly into the game. Having barely played together as a team, Delft struggled to keep up with the more structured Eagles. But the endeavor was there and, after a sloppy start, the Blues started to edge their way into the game. In the end, it wasn’t enough to close the gap and the Eagles started their season with a comfortable win.