The North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) has today released the 2020 fixture and officially welcomed Toyota Australia as naming rights partner for the next four years.
The 2020 Toyota NEAFL Premiership Season will consist of nine teams and a revamped finals series, operating in a top-five format across four weeks.
The season kicks off on April 4 with the home-and-away rounds (21 weeks) concluding on August 22, with the fixture featuring up to 17 AFL curtain raisers at the Gabba, Metricon Stadium and GIANTS Stadium.
The annual Maroochydore clash returns with Brisbane hosting the GIANTS in Round 11 and the Toyota NEAFL Grand Final rematch between Southport and Brisbane is scheduled for Round 6 at Fankhauser Reserve.
Good Friday football returns in 2020 with two matches on April 10 between Canberra and Southport at Phillip Oval and Brisbane and the GIANTS at South Pine Sports Complex.
Eight rounds feature matches on Sunday’s, including four AFL curtain raisers.
As part of Toyota Australia’s extended partnership with the AFL announced earlier this year, Toyota has added a new partnership with the NEAFL as part of its renewed four-year sponsorship deal.
Toyota Australia Chief Marketing Officer, Wayne Gabriel, said a key focus of Toyota’s football sponsorship is to support community clubs that are the breeding ground for future champions.
“Toyota recognises the importance of the NEAFL as a pathway for talent from Queensland, the ACT and NSW into the AFL,” Mr Gabriel said.
“We are proud to be the naming rights partner for the NEAFL and foster the growth of players from the North Eastern States into the elite league.”
NEAFL Operations Manager, Luke Gatti, said the partnership was a wonderful outcome for the competition.
“We are delighted to welcome Toyota to the NEAFL competition and look to working with a long-term partner of the AFL,” Mr Gatti said.
“Toyota has made a significant contribution to our game at a number of levels over the last 16 years, and we are excited to work with a loyal AFL partner on increasing its footprint in the code, particularly across our northern states and territories.
“The NEAFL has enjoyed substantial growth since its inception in 2011, and we are looking forward to growing our competition in partnership with Toyota even further in 2020 and beyond.”
With nine teams battling it out for the premiership in 2020, Mr Gatti anticipates a strong competition as the NEAFL enters a new era.
“We are pleased to be able to schedule up to 17 AFL curtain raisers next year to provide increased exposure for our competition and aspiring young talent,” he said.
“Our league continues to take steps forward each year, and we are excited to see what 2020 holds for the NEAFL and its clubs.”
All clubs will retain three byes with the 2020 Toyota NEAFL Grand Final set for September 12/13.
*Please note the following venue name changes:
- Scottsdale Park (Redland FC) is now Totally Work Wear Park
- Voxson Oval (Aspley FC) is reverting back to Graham Rd
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