First Game Back Richmond Tigers vs. Collingwood Magpies
In the unprecedented times COVID-19 has brought, it has been a long and uncertain wait for AFL fans across Australia about when their favourite sport was making a comeback.
But the long wait is finally over and AFL is making its return for the 2020 season on Thursday, June 11.
Kicking off round two with a bang will see the Richmond Tigers taking on the Collingwood Magpies at the MCG. The four days of footy is sure to deliver quality entertainment, bringing fans across the country together to celebrate in the victories and commiserate in the losses of their beloved teams.
Under the strict new protocols adhering to the requirements of the health department, players and officials will be temperature screened every single time before they enter club facilities and will be tested twice a week - ahead of contact training and matches.
Although crowds will not be attending the stadiums due to social distancing guidelines and limits on large gatherings, that won’t stop the die-hard fans from enjoying all the action the boys on the field have to bring.
How you can make home viewing of AFL as good as being at the game
Set up your big screen and surround sound for the ultimate AFL party. Whether you want to invite your mates over for a BBQ or just have the lounge to yourself, there are plenty of ways to make it a fun viewing experience. Why not set up a kick to kick in the backyard with your kids.
Decorate your home
Deck out your own home with AFL merchandise and bring the game to your home. Whether you need a Richmond banner for the lounge room or some Collingwood socks or beanie to keep you warm this winter, Footy Plus More has you covered! footyplusmore.com.au/collections/collingwood-magpies
One of the most important things! Throw some meat pies in the oven, some beers in the fridge and turn up the volume to surround sound and you’ll think you’re there at the game. Don’t forget those quarter and half-time snacks to nibble on throughout the game https://www.taste.com.au/galleries/23-tasty-snacks-munch-during-footy/vj9GiByc?page=6
Virtual AFL Party
Even though social distancing requirements permits up to 20 guests in your household, nothing is stopping you from connecting up with fellow supporters online and throwing a virtual AFL party through aflmax.com.au/parties/
THURSDAY JUNE 11
Collingwood vs Richmond, MCG, 7:40pm
FRIDAY JUNE 12
Geelong vs Hawthorn, GMHBA Stadium, 7:50pm
SATURDAY JUNE 13
Brisbane vs Fremantle, Gabba, early afternoon
Carlton vs Melbourne, Marvel Stadium, 4:35pm
Port Adelaide vs Adelaide, Adelaide Oval, 7:40pm
Gold Coast vs West Coast, Metricon Stadium, Saturday night
SUNDAY JUNE 14
GWS vs North Melbourne, Giants Stadium, early afternoon
Sydney vs Essendon, SCG, afternoon
St Kilda vs Western Bulldogs, Marvel Stadium, Sunday night