Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation in Victoria, AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) can confirm the 2021 Toyota AFL premiership season Round 19 Darwin (24 July) Gold Coast SUNS and Melbourne Demons game will not go ahead as scheduled.
The AFL has advised a decision has not been made on the fixturing of a game in the Territory this season.
Head of AFLNT Stuart Totham said like all footy fans in the NT, the team at AFLNT is disappointed another game has been re-fixtured.
“We were looking forward to hosting a game and have been working very hard in the background with the AFL, Gold Coast SUNS and Melbourne FC to get a match off the ground in the NT,” Totham said.
“Whilst we are disappointed to not have a game at this stage, we understand the challenges the AFL and stakeholders are facing to get a game up and running in the Territory and to keep the 2021 AFL season moving along. AFLNT remain on standby and are enthusiastically willing to facilitate a fixture if required during the remainder of the season.”
“Public safety comes first, and I want to thank the Northern Territory Government, health officials and the AFL for assessing the current situation in order to keep the Territory community safe.”
We are aware the intention of the AFL remains to complete the home-and-away season with the matchups as originally scheduled. As such, ticket sales are currently suspended and are pending future season fixturing decisions by the AFL.
Updated information will be shared as soon as it is available.