AFL teams at full strength

IT’S still not known which two AFL teams will be playing in Coffs Harbour in three weeks time but at least the date for the big show is now known.

The NAB Challenge Cup game promised for Coffs Harbour’s BCU International Stadium has been confirmed as a Saturday night fixture on March 12.

The main game will begin at 7pm and will be held under the stadium’s newly-installed 1500-lux digital television standard floodlights, which make their first public appearance tonight.

The teams taking part in the clash at the stadium will be known after the conclusion of next week’s second round.

The NAB Challenge Cup series is played between teams who have been knocked out of the pre-season NAB Cup.

As the weekend set aside for the Coffs Harbour match is the last weekend for trial matches before the season starts, whichever two teams do play they will be close to full strength.

The match will be the first time an AFL match has been played in Coffs Harbour since 2003 when Carlton played against the Sydney Swans.

Tickets are expected to go on sale towards the end of the month.

Late last year, the AFL named Coffs Harbour’s BCU International Stadium as one of this year’s venues. At the time, chief operating officer Gillon McLachlan said the AFL had a clear charter in the NAB Cup, but particularly in the NAB Challenge, to take matches to all parts of the country that don’t normally get the opportunity to see top-level football during the season.

And once ticket prices are confirmed by the AFL, Ticket Direct Australia will be co-ordinating tickets for the game and they will be able to be purchased online or in person at the Coffs Harbour’s Visitor Information Centre.



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