Fixtures for 2021 released.
At first I was afraid, I was petrified. Kept thinkin’ I could never play footy again by your side.
Those are thoughts of the past now, as AFL Netherlands release fixtures for season 2021 following updated COVID guidelines from the Dutch Government.
With plenty of footy on offer, we will see four rounds of the Dutch League, a Preliminary Final, a Grand Final and the Festival of Football take place in a busy two-month window – now that’s a footy fest! The Amsterdam Devils will host two of the four rounds, with the one round each being hosted by the Delft Blues and Waterland Eagles. The Dutch League rounds will be round robin style tournament days, with each team playing the other two teams on the day and each game being split in halves, rather than quarters. Expect fast paced footy! The Waterland Eagles will host the Prelim Final, with the Amsterdam Devils hosting the Grand Final. The Prelim and Grand Finals will take place in September and will be the usual four-quarter footy. We can’t wait to see all three teams back on the field after a longer than usual break.
Last season saw the AFL Europe Festival of Football take place across Europe and the Netherlands will be hosting another Festival of Football tournament in 2021. This tournament day will be non-contact footy, with mixed teams of men and women taking the field. The tournament allows us to grow the game with women being involved with the men and provides a great opportunity for anyone who wants to try the sport out to come along and play the non-contact version of the game. This is a great advert for the game and we are excited to have this event on the calendar again in 2021. The Delft Blues will host the Festival of Football tournament between rounds 3 and 4 of the Dutch League.
A big thank you to the AFL Netherlands League Commission who have worked tirelessly to ensure fixtures are on the calendar at all clubs over the coming months.
Neil Cooke – AFL Netherlands
AFL Netherlands would like to thank Spike TV for their support in the growth of Australian Football in the Netherlands.