Welcome to the 20/21 TIO NTFL season.
Wow, what an offseason it has been! It’s been a long, extremely challenging time as the AFL industry has adapted, changed and prepared itself for life with COVID-19.
In amongst it all, the team at AFLNT has delivered competitions across regional NT and maintained a strong presence in remote communities. We delivered three big AFL games, plenty of school programs and kept the NTFL season preparation wheels turning to ensure AFLNT and all our clubs hit the ground running into the 20/21 TIO NTFL season.
We have 13 clubs, 121 teams, more than 4,000 eager players and 250 enthusiastic umpires plus 100,000 supporters and volunteers that come through the TIO Stadium gates and make our unique style of footy so great.
This season we will be launching under the new lights at Gardens Oval with Waratah taking on the Palmerston Magpies. How exciting to see the spiritual home of football bathed in light for the first time, a sight that we will see replicated at Nightcliff later in the season.
Funded by the NT Government and supported by the City of Darwin and NT Cricket, these lighting projects are game-changers – allowing for more flexible fixturing, while presenting opportunities for clubs to improve their returns from home games.
Thank you to TIO, who continues as our premier competition partner; we get to do all of this because you are by our side. And sincere thanks to all of our other corporate partners who are standing by all of us during these uncertain times.
We also look forward to celebrating themed rounds with Towards Zero and NO MORE and showcasing the community spirit the NTFL is renowned.
We are confident that teams, players and fans will relish having an aligned and consistent fixture in season 2020/21. We are supporting clubs which carry the financial risk of running a home venue by reshaping our membership offering and will also make tweaks to our coverage and broadcast so that the best way to watch the footy is to get down to your local ground.
On the 23rd of January, NTFL representative footy makes a return! After 15 years we can’t wait to see the ochre, black and white running around TIO Stadium and showing off that flair.
It is the passion and dedication of every club; its administrators, umpires and the hundreds of volunteers who make the TIO NTFL season so special. I would like to thank these people for the tireless work they have done, are doing and will put in over the next six months of competition.
Get out there, get involved and BELIEVE in Territory Footy!