The Big Bash is almost halfway through, providing just what we needed to heat up the summer holidays.
AFLX will return in 2019, in a revamped format to take place at Marvel Stadium on Friday 22 February.
The new format will see four captains draft in their side from a pool of 100 players across the competition. The four captains selected will be Brownlow Medalists Patrick Dangerfield and Nat Fyfe, as well as triple Coleman Medalist Jack Riewoldt and 3xAll Australian Eddie Betts.
Each side has taken on a name to match one of their Captain’s greatest attributes. Betts will captain the Indigenous side, named the ‘Deadlys’. Dangerfield takes charge of the ‘Bolts’ due to his lightning pace, Fyfe captains the ‘Flyers’ thanks to his elite marking strength, and Riewoldt leads out the ‘Rampage’, a tribute to how hard he attacks the contest.
Eddie Betts spoke about captaining the Indigenous side, saying, “Captaining a team of the best Indigenous men’s talent in the country is such an honour for me, especially when it falls at the end of our AFL Indigenous All Stars Summit giving us the opportunity to play all together.”
The live draft event will allow the four captains to select a team from 100 AFL listed players who have been made available for the event.
Captains will only be allowed a maximum of four players from each AFL side, selecting a total of 14 players in their side.
With 14 players in each team, each side will have eight players on the field at any one time, leaving six on the bench.
Each match will consist of two ten-minute halves, while ten-point super goals will return again as well.
The top two ranked sides will then play off in a Grand Final at the conclusion of the night.
AFLX will take place on Friday night, 22 February at Marvel Stadium. Tickets to AFLX can be found at Ticketmaster.com.au.