AFLNT ANNOUNCE 2016/17 TIO NTFL FIXTURE & PRICES

AFLNT has released the TIO NTFL Premier League fixture and gate prices for the 2016/17 TIO NTFL Season, which will kick off on Saturday October 8.

Please visit this NTFL website to see all the 2016/17 TIO NTFL fixtures for all the divisions as they are released.

AFLNT Chief Executive Officer Michael Solomon and AFLNT Football Operations Manager Joel Bowden released the fixture today, confirming matches are likely to be played away from TIO Stadium for the first two rounds due to the ground undergoing surface work.

The TIO NTFL Premier League will again be played across an 18-round format with all clubs to play five home matches throughout the season.

The NTFL will observe Heritage Round during Round 15 with the Waratah Football Club and the Wanderers celebrating 100 years of football in their annual Australia Day match.

The 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin will be commemorated in Round 18 of the TIO NTFL season.

 

Bombing of Darwin Day will be played in Round 18 of the 2016/17 TIO NTFL season.

There will be five themed rounds including:

Round 3 – Umpire’s Round
Round 7 – TIO Get Ready Round
Round 8 – Women’s Round
Round 15 – Heritage Round
Round 18 – Bombing of Darwin Day

The Grand Final replay between the St Mary’s Football Club and the Wanderers Football Club will be played during Round Seven in a Saturday afternoon match at TIO Stadium.

The 2016/17 TIO NTFL Grand Final will be played on Saturday March 18.

Solomon said the fixture was constructed with the primary aim to enable those in the Top End to access the game in strong numbers, as well as to continue to build the NTFL as the number one code in the Territory.

“We are pleased to release the fixture today after consulting with each club and look forward to the start of the 2016/17 TIO NTFL season.

“Despite TIO Stadium’s likely unavailability at the beginning of the season, we have ensured the ground is in top condition so we can give clubs the best possible surface to compete,” Solomon said.

Solomon said the fixture included a significant decision to include at least six feature matches between Premier League matches to place Women’s Premier League matches into key timeslots on Saturday afternoons.

This season, there will be three matches played on Friday nights and one Thursday match on Australia Day.

Solomon said Bowden, as the AFLNT executive responsible for the production of the fixture, had worked with varying timeslots and match placements to best reflect the differing needs of fans in various parts of the Top End. 

“We have sought to work extensively with the respective clubs in the NTFL for the best timeslots for clubs and fans in Darwin,” Bowden said.

“A key consideration in the construction of this year’s fixture was accommodating centenary celebrations while allowing NTFL clubs multiple opportunities to have input into the final outcome."

Bowden said AFLNT had consulted with NTFL clubs throughout every step of the process and had tried their best to be inclusive and fair.

"The fixture has many constraints and equity around the fixture is a key priority," Bowden said.

AFLNT also announced a freeze on gate prices for the following categories:

- Concession (spectator or player) $7

- Under 14, Under 12, Under 10 grade (spectator or player) $2

- Children Under 10 – Free entry

- Family $25;

The following categories will increase, effective of Round One:

- Adult (spectator or player) $12 (up $2)

- Under 18, Under 16, Under 15 grade (spectator or player) $6 (up $1)

- Children 10 and above (senior grade spectator) $6 (up $1)

AFLNT CEO Michael Solomon said it is the first time in eight years that gate prices have increased across the board.

“We have worked hard to ensure that gate prices for the 2016/17 TIO NTFL season will make attending our game as affordable as it possibly can be but with an ever-increasing cost base we had little choice other than to look at key category increases to offset those rising costs.

“We have made sure that those who have the least capacity to pay to enjoy our great game such as concessions and families have not been affected,” Solomon said.

The Women’s Premier League and junior grades fixtures will be released in the coming weeks.

NTFL DRAW 2016/17

Fixture_NTFL_201617.pdf

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