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AFL Grand Final heads to Queensland

John Ralph and Chris Cavanagh, September 2, 2020 11:00AM Herald Sun

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Ryden Clarke, 10, from the Jimboomba RedBacks Aussie rules club. Ryden featured in the Queensland government’s video trying to win the right to host the 2020 AFL Grand Final. Picture: Josh Woning media_cameraRyden Clarke, 10, from the Jimboomba RedBacks Aussie rules club. Ryden featured in the Queensland government’s video trying to win the right to host the 2020 AFL Grand Final. Picture: Josh Woning


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The 2020 AFL Grand Final will be played in Queensland at Brisbane’s Gabba.

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan officially announced the location of the October 24 Grand Final on Wednesday afternoon.

He also said the game would be played in the evening, with an exact start time to be confirmed.

Mr McLachlan said the plan is for the game to be played in front of 30,000 spectators, with the ability to reduce spectator numbers or move the event to Adelaide Oval in South Australia if the COVID-19 situation worsens in Queensland in coming weeks.

The Grand Final will return to the MCG from 2021 and Victoria’s contract to host the AFL Grand Final will be extended by one year to 2058 as compensation* for this year’s decider heading north.

The MCG will also receive extra games in the 2022 and 2023 seasons and Victoria will host the 2021 and 2022 AFL National Drafts under new agreements between the state government and the AFL.

The MCG’s long-term agreement with the AFL normally means the league has to schedule a minimum of 45 home and away matches at the ground annually, plus a minimum number of finals matches including the Grand Final.

The decision to hand the Gabba the Grand Final will allow the AFL to recoup* as much as $12 million in ticket sales.

Queensland's AFL Grand Final pitch

While fans have consistently been against a move away from a traditional day Grand Final, the AFL has little choice but to have a later start time this year because October 24 is the day of the horserace called the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in Melbourne.

The Cox Plate has traditionally been a 5pm race and organisers have been reluctant to move it earlier.

To avoid a time clash, the AFL Grand Final is expected to start at 5.30pm or later.

APAC Sports Pictures of the Week - 2019, September 30 media_cameraDustin Martin and Liam Baker of the Tigers celebrate victory with the Premiership Trophy and fans during the 2019 AFL Grand Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 28, 2019 in Melbourne, Victoria. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/AFL Photos/via Getty Images

A poll of more than 4500 people by the Herald Sun shows 76 per cent of footy fans support the Gabba being the venue of this year’s Grand Final.

However, a separate poll* shows 48 per cent of fans would still prefer the match be played during the day, with 22 per cent supporting a twilight game and 30 per cent voting for a night match.


  • compensation: payment or other offering to make up for a loss
  • recoup: get back
  • poll: survey or vote


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  1. Where will the 2020 AFL Grand Final be held?
  2. Why is it not at the MCG this year?
  3. Who is Gillon McLachlan?
  4. What is the problem with having an afternoon game on October 24?
  5. What was the result of the poll of 4500 people?


1. Commentator Monologue
What an unusual year it has been, both in football and in general!

Imagine that you are an AFL commentator on Grand Final day 2020. Write down what you would say when you first go to air prior to the big game. This introduction should include a recap of some of the things that have happened during the AFL season, the location and time of the game and you could even mention who is playing.

(You’ll need to make your own prediction of which teams will make it to the Grand Final.)

Make your monologue dynamic and exciting and practise reading it aloud with the enthusiasm of a real commentator.

Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English

2. Extension
Before AFL matches begin, players from each team often run through a banner that contains motivating words or pictures. This year it feels like all Aussies deserve a banner with words of encouragement to run through. Can you design one?

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity 
Curriculum Links: English

Opener Up-Level It
Make a list of all the openers in the article. Pick three that repeat and see if you can replace them with another word, or shuffle the order of the sentence to bring a new opener to the front.

Don’t forget to re-read the sentence to make sure it still makes sense, and that it actually sounds better.

HAVE YOUR SAY: How do you feel about the AFL Grand Final decision?
No one-word answers. Use full sentences to explain your thinking. No comments will be published until approved by editors.

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