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AFL Returns To Alice Springs


Central Australian footy fans also have something exciting to look forward to with the AFL announcing the Round 14 game between Melbourne and St Kilda on Saturday 29 August at TIO Traeger Park.

It is the seventh consecutive year that the Demons will play for premiership points in Alice Springs, while Saints fans refer back to 1990 for the last time their team visited the NT to play a representative game.

Affectionately known as the 'Heart of the Nation' game, it will be the third AFL match in eight days for the NT, honouring the commitment the NT Government (NTG), AFL and clubs have to the region.

And like the two Darwin games, the Alice Springs fixture will be a night game (7:10pm ACST) and broadcast live to a national audience via the Seven Network (also available on Fox Footy, Kayo and via an AFL app Live Pass).

Melbourne, who signed a four-year extension to its partnership with the NTG and AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) at the end of 2019, has shown a significant commitment to Central Australia.

The club plays a vital role in the community by assisting AFLNT in the delivery of talent and footy programs, as well as providing education and support to local coaches and professional development to AFLNT high-performance staff.

They are also well regarded for the work they do in promoting good eye health and for helping raise funds to re-grass Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa).

Both clubs have a touch of Territory with Steven May (Melbourne) and Ben Long (St Kilda) potential backline sightings.

Due to the AFL game and requirements for access to TIO Traeger Park and staffing, the first week of TIO CAFL town division finals will be delayed a week, while the final round of community competition games will also be delayed a week, meaning the seasons will now end on Saturday 19 September and Sunday 26 September, respectively.

Ticket on-sale information for the Alice Springs game will be communicated ASAP, but it is pending NT Health's sign-off on the AFLNT COVID Event Plan.

It is expected that there will be a reduced capacity, but once tickets are on sale the only authorised seller will be www.NTix.com.au. Those interested in corporate packages are encouraged to send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that an AFLNT representative can be in touch once the details are known.

Fans who wish to attend the game will need to adhere to all health and safety advice as directed by AFLNT or officials.

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