Blacktown International Sports Park (BISP) is set for its biggest day of AFL action this year, with a host of feature matches scheduled this weekend.
Headlining proceedings are the two North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) Preliminary Finals, with the winners set to progress through to next week’s Grand Final.
Two AFL reserves sides are in action, with the UWS Giants facing Queensland’s Aspley Hornets at 3:15pm on Saturday afternoon, and the Sydney Swans reserves hosting Northern Territory Thunder at 12:15pm on Sunday
Former AFL stars Alwyn Davey, Liam Patrick and Nathan Djerkurra will turn out for the Thunder, while the Hornets boast the likes of Brisbane Lions premiership utility Robert Copeland, 100-game Lions defender Cheynee Stiller, and ex-North Melbourne livewire Eddie Sansbury.
The Giants meanwhile will field 13 listed players, while the Swans will have 18, with the rest of the respective squads made up of local youngsters playing as ‘top-ups,’ many who are genuine draft prospects, including Swans duo Isaac Heeney and Abe Davis, and UWS’ Jeremy Finlayson.
NSW/ACT NEAFL Operations Manager Patrick Carter said it’s a showpiece weekend for the competition, and the Blacktown venue.
“This is a very exciting weekend for the NEAFL, with the standout top four teams all year earning the right to play off for Grand Final spots, which is a great result,” Carter said.
“Blacktown International Sports Park is an elite facility, we’ve seen AFL matches played there in the past, and a NAB Challenge pre-season fixture earlier this year, so the players I know are all really looking forward to the opportunity to take the field.
“There’s sure to be a lot of really high quality action, as between the two games we’ll see around 40 players who have spent time on the list of an AFL club, as well as a host of outstanding young talent.”
In addition to the dual elite second-tier matches, there will be several crucial clashes in the local AFL Sydney competition, with three Preliminary Finals fixture for Saturday, and two Grand Finals either side of the NEAFL game on Sunday.
Entry is $10 at the gate, with all proceedings being injected back into community football development.
Saturday September 6
10:00am: Wollondilly vs. Sydney University, Men’s Div.4 Preliminary Final
12:15pm: Penrith vs. Sydney University, Men’s Div. 3 Preliminary Final
3:15pm: UWS GIANTS vs. Aspley Hornets, NEAFL Preliminary Final
6:00pm: Blacktown vs. Manly, Men’s Div. 2 Preliminary Final
Sunday September 7
10:00am: Southern Power vs. Wollongong Saints, Women’s Div.2 Grand Final
12:15pm: Sydney Swans vs. NT Thunder, NEAFL Preliminary Final
3:30pm: Penrith vs. Blacktown, Men’s Div.5 Grand Final