A festival of rugby league action is set to take over the pre-season in 2020.
It’s a huge weekend of sport across the country this weekend with NRL action, the AFL’s ANZAC Round, the opening round of Suncorp Super Netball and the end of the Hyundai A-League regular season.
Let’s run around the country to see what’s happening in each state.
The action begins on Saturday (27 April) at 5.35pm with Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC. It’s the Jets final game of the season, as they host serious Championship contenders Sydney FC.
Back on home soil at McDonald Jones Stadium, can the Jets rattle their cross-state rivals on the eve of the finals series and finish the season strongly?
Rolling to Sunday (28 April) the NRL gets into full swing, with Manly Sea Eagles v Canberra Raiders. The Sea Eagles will be desperate to atone for last week’s narrow, two-point loss, but the Raiders are in some serious form having won their past four.
Head to Lottoland at 2pm to see the Sea Eagles in action.
The Sea Eagles will be desperate to put last week’s two-point loss behind them
It continues just hours later, with Newcastle Knights taking on Parramatta Eels at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The Knights are in serious need of a victory to turn their fortunes around, and what better stage than in front of their home crowd? This one starts at 4.05pm.
ANZAC Round in the AFL…this is huge.
We take our first game to Marvel Stadium on Saturday (27 April), to see a red-hot St Kilda face Adelaide. Sitting four and one to start the season, St Kilda will be keen to nab top spot back with a strong victory over the Crows.
Starting at 4.25pm, Saints fans will be making sure they don’t miss this one.
The following day (28 April)we head to GMHBA Stadium for arguably the game of the round, Geelong v West Coast. The Premiership fancy take on the reigning Premiers. Geelong will be buzzing with a packed crowd undoubted, starting at 4.40pm Sunday.
Top of the ladder and on top of the world
It’s David Mundy’s 300th as Fremantle take on the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium on Saturday night (27 April) – 6.10pm.
Can the Dockers get the job done for the club legend and continue their brilliant start to the year, to make it four wins from six?
The following day (28 April) sees the A-League minor Premiers in action for the final regular A-League game of the year, as Perth Glory face Wellington Phoenix. The Phoenix are in hot-form and Golden Boot leader Roy Krishna will be hoping to spoil the Glory’s party.
Glory will be desperate themselves to bounce back from last week’s defeat heading into the finals series. 5pm kick off at HBF Park.
The Suncorp Super Netball gets underway this week, as Adelaide Thunderbirds battle West Coast Fever. Highly touted after a vigorous recruiting drive in the off-season, a new-look Thunderbirds side will be desperate to get off to the best possible start following two disappointing seasons.
The excitement is building in Adelaide to see what these new star signings can do. The season starts for the Thunderbirds at Priceline Stadium, Sunday (28 April) at 2.30pm.
Footy is back in Tassie for ANZAC Round this weekend, as Hawthorn host a boisterous Carlton side. We’re heading to Launceston at UTAS Stadium on Sunday (28 April), with a 3.20pm bounce. The Hawks are desperate to get some momentum going again and will be keen to silence the enthusiastic young Blues early.
How good was this?
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