AFL Cairns 2020 Fixture Release
4th February 2020
The AFL Cairns competition will start in the last weekend in March 2020. Clubs for the second year will play 16 matches over 19 rounds in a seeded draw.
“The equalization formula introduced in 2019 had a great impact on the back end of the season when six teams could have played finals with three rounds to go and two new teams qualified for finals” said Craig Lees AFL Cairns Football Operations Manager.
Both Seniors and Reserves will play 16 matches due to Pyramid Power not having a team in 2019 and focusing on Juniors and the future of the Gordonvale based Club.
Round 1 will be on Saturday, March 28th featuring reigning premiers Port Douglas v Hawks at Port Douglas, Souths vs Saints at Fretwell Park and North Cairns vs Cairns City Lions at Watsons Oval.
Round 3 Easter weekend will kick off with Thursday night football at Watsons Oval and for the third consecutive year Port Douglas will host the BCS Good Friday Clash at the Croc Pit playing Centrals Trinity Beach at 2.00pm. Whilst Easter Saturday footy returns with Cairns City Lions v Saints at Holloways Beach.
Round 4 the Grand Final replay will be played at Fretwell Park South Cairns v Port Douglas.
Three matches will be played on ANZAC Day Saturday 25th April in Anzac Round. The customary clash between North Cairns v South Cairns will be held at Watsons Oval.
Round 7 Saturday, 9th of May is Pink Footy Round a celebration of Women in Sport & Mother’s Day. Port Douglas v Saints at the Croc Pit in support of Pink in the Tropics for the fourth year.
The Genesis Fitness Allstars Match will be held at Cazaly Stadium Friday 15th May. This is a warmup to squad selection for the North Queensland v South Queensland representative clash on 27th June 2020 being held in Southport, Fankhauser Reserve. This will be the seventh time the Intrastate battle has been played.
Indigenous Round will be played on Saturday the 23rd of May which aligns Nationally with AFL matches played. Clubs will celebrate our rich Indigenous Culture and community. Dreamtime by the Sea played at Holloways Beach will feature long standing rivals Cairns City Lions v North Cairns.
Round 10 on the 6th of June is Sockit2MND where Port Douglas will once again lead the way with a Big Freeze at the Croc Pit when they take on Centrals Trinity Beach.
In Round 14 Saturday 11th of July Cairns City Lions & Port Douglas will unite at Holloways Beach Sporting Complex and host a celebration around NAIDOC week.
Pride Round, 20th of June has been newly introduced into the Senior Fixture in 2020 to align with the AFL Cairns Women’s Competition to promote inclusion and support in our local LGBTQIA community.
There are four-night fixtures in 2020, with one of them being played on Friday 17th July Cairns Show Public Holiday at Cazalys Stadium when Manunda Hawks v Cairns City Lions. Reserve grade will play at an earlier timeslot of 4.00pm in a Curtain Opener.
Round 19 the last home and away fixture of the season will be played Saturday the 15th of August with Port Douglas playing at home against Saints for the first time in three years in the last round.
AFL Cairns will have two (2) general byes for all Clubs.
The 2020 season concludes with a top-four final series at Cazalys Stadium, with a twilight time slot for the Grand Final at 5.00pm scheduled for Saturday, 5th September 2020.
The AFL Cairns Women’s fixture will be released late February with a focus on triple headers with both Senior and Reserves matches.