AFL Queensland has today released the fixture for the 2020 QFA Division 1 HART Sport Cup.
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The fixture provides all clubs with even opportunity to test themselves and vie for a place in the top four following the 16 round home and away season.
Competition Manager – QFA Division 1-2, Leigh Harding, said a 16-game fixture featured a number of local rivalries and several marquee matches.
“The eight team format across 16 rounds means we have each club playing six opponents twice and two teams three times, which works well in terms of increasing the number of local rivalry games”, Mr Harding said
Commencing on April 18, the QFA Division 1 HART Sport Cup season will have an exciting new feel this year with Beenleigh being elevated from Division 2, while former Division 1 clubs Maroochydore (QAFL) and Burleigh (QFA Division 2 South) have moved other competitions.
“It’s obviously an exciting time for the Beenleigh club stepping up into Division 1 and whenever a new team is added to a competition it brings a different feel to the upcoming season”, Mr Harding added.
Included in the fixture are marquee rounds, which continue to be supported by the competition’s eight clubs.
ANZAC Round (Round 2) and Sir Doug Nicholls Round (Round 6) will once again be prominent features of the year, while Round 10 of the fixture will see the competition stage its first ever Pride Round, where it will promote LGBTIQ+ inclusion and awareness.
Reigning premiers Noosa will kick off their premiership defence on the road in the opening weekend of the season when they travel to Mayne, while 2019 QFA Division 2 runners-up, Beenleigh, will host Caloundra to launch their Division 1 campaign.
Noosa will unfurl their 2019 premiership flag at home in Round 2, when they host Caloundra in a Sunshine Coast derby at Noosa Village Autos Oval.
In Round 6, Springwood will host Caloundra at Lowe Oval in their annual Sir Doug Nicholls Round clash. The game celebrates the contributions and history of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders to the game of Australian Rules football.
Representative football will once again feature in the fixture, with the annual South Queensland vs North Queensland game on June 27 and it will be one of the two competition-wide bye rounds before a three-week finals series, culminating in the Grand Final on September 5/6.
*Please note: times and venues are subject to change.
FIXTURE: 2020 QFA Division 1 HART SPORT Cup