The countdown is on for the highly anticipated 2024 QAFL Season, which will return on Saturday April 6.
Twelve clubs will vie for the 2024 premiership flag, with each team playing 18 matches across the 19 round season.
The hype for AFL Queensland’s premier men’s competition has never been more heightened, thanks to exciting off-season recruits.
Former Brisbane Lion Rhys Mathieson will suit up for the Wilston Grange Gorillas, his former teammate Daniel Rich will play for the Noosa Tigers, with Nakia Cockatoo running out for the Morningside Panthers. While on the Gold Coast, former North Melbourne Kangaroo Aaron Hall is off to Palm Beach Currumbin, joining him is former Sydney Swan Grand Final ruckman Tom Hickey and former Western Bulldog Hayden Crozier will play for the Surfers Paradise Demons.
The season kicks off with reigning premiers Aspley taking on Broadbeach at home in Round 1. The following weekend will be a Grand Final rematch between the Hornets and Redland Victoria Point.
Some traditional rivalry games will be played on Saturday April 27, Round 4, for ANZAC Round.
The blockbuster matches will see Surfers Paradise host Labrador, Broadbeach will meet Palm Beach Currumbin, Wilston Grange will play against Morningside and further north it will be the battle of the Sunshine Coast teams, with Noosa taking on Maroochydore.
Round 5 will see Surfers Paradise take on Broadbeach at Subaru Oval on the Sunday of the Labour Day public holiday weekend.
Umpire Round, which recognises the work of the team in green will be celebrated in Round 6.
Sir Doug Nicholls Round, a state-wide celebration, which acknowledges indigenous players and culture, will be recognised in the QAFL across Round 7 and Round 8.
All teams will enjoy a mid-season bye on June 22, to accommodate for the representative footy weekend, where Queensland will meet Tasmania on the Gold Coast.
Pride Round, which celebrates and supports diversity and inclusion of LGBTQI+ communities, will be marked on Round 14.
Mitchell Simpson, AFL Queensland’s Competition Manager said 2024 was shaping up to be an incredible season.
“Our QAFL competition has grown so much in recent years and with the signing of so many experienced players in this off season, we believe the competition will go to another level this year,” he said.
“We look forward to working with all the clubs, players, coaches and umpires on delivering another fantastic QAFL season.”
The Bond University QAFLW Fixture will be released tomorrow Thursday 1 February.