AFL Grand Final fever hits Townsville

AFL Grand Finals fever has taken over Townsville in the lead up to Grand Final Day on Saturday 9 September.

Riverway Stadium will host three grand finals: Townsville Men’s Reserves, KX Pilates Senior Women’s Cup, and the RMS Engineering Senior Men’s Premiership.

The first game is the Townsville Reserve Men’s Premiership between the Thuringowa Bulldogs and Hermit Park Tigers.

With first bounce at 11am, AFL Townsville Competition Manager Dan Watts, said the match up will be a tight contest, with four out of five past matches being won by eight points or less.

“Tomorrow’s Men’s Reserves match will be excellent viewing, with the Hermit Park Tigers featuring in the Reserves Grand Final for the first time since 2019 where they beat the Bulldogs,” he said.

“The Thuringowa Bulldogs will be looking for their third consecutive premiership in this grade, winning 2021 and 2022. We know it will be a tight battle to the final siren.”

At 1:15pm is the KX Pilates Senior Women’s Cup between the Hermit Park Tigers and Curra Swans.

The Hermit Park Tigers will be looking for redemption after losing the last two grand finals to the Swans, while the Swans are going for their third consecutive premiership under coach Meg Greenland.

“I’m excited to see the Women’s premiership match tomorrow, because these sides have been a great match-up over the years, with this year being no exception with the Tigers winning three and the Swans winning two games respectively.” Watts said.

“If the Swans take home the Cup on Saturday, it will be the first time in the history of the women’s competition that a team has won three flags in a row.”

The final game of the day will be the RMS Engineering Senior Men’s Premiership between the Thuringowa Bulldogs and Hermit Park Tigers at 3:15pm.

The Senior Men’s match will see the undefeated Bulldogs defend their 2022 premiership and go back-to-back, with Hermit Park looking for redemption.

“Last year’s premiership match between the Bulldogs and Hermit Park was a close game right until Thuringowa kicked a goal to win with less than a minute left in the match,” Watts said.

“Hermit Park will be looking to take home the Premiership, while the Bulldogs will be looking to go back-to-back for the first time since 2013 and 2014.

“With a day packed with high quality football, I’m excited to see the teams bring their best to the field.”

Gates open at 9:30am.


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