AFL Sapphire Coast Finals Series Information

AFL Sapphire Coast has confirmed the finals structure for the 2020 AFL Sapphire Coast Finals Series which commences Saturday, 12 September.


Finals Venues & Dates

This year will see AFL Sapphire Coast play our finals across two weekends with Semi Finals to be played on Saturday 12, September and the Grand Finals on Saturday 19, September. Consideration was given for splitting Semi-finals across two days, however due to a number of reasons (namely COVID compliance challenges and the late notice), it has been determined that both sets of Semi Finals will be played on the same day.

Semi Final match ups and times as per below:

Saturday 12, September

Venue Finals Type Start Time Grade Home Away
Bill Smyth Oval Semi-Final 2 (2 v 3) 8.00am Under 12 Pambula Panthers Narooma Lions
Semi-Final 1 (1 v 4) 9.10am Under 14 Bermagui Breakers Pambula Panthers
10.35am Under 16 Bermagui Breakers Broulee Moruya GIANTS
12.00pm Mens Div 2 Eden Whalers Narooma Lions
1.30pm Senior Womens Tathra Sea Eagles Pambula Panthers
2.55pm Mens Div 1 Narooma Lions Pambula Panthers
Berrambool Oval Semi-Final 1 (1 v 4) 10.00am Under 12 Merimbula Diggers Bega Bombers
Semi-Final 2 (2 v 3) 11.10am Under 14 Merimbula Diggers Tathra Sea Eagles
12.35pm Under 16 Pambula Panthers Merimbula Diggers
2.00pm Mens Div 2 Bermagui Breakers Wyndham Wedgies
3.30pm Senior Womens Bermagui Breakers Eden Whalers
5.00pm Mens Div 1 Merimbula Diggers Tathra Sea Eagles


Saturday 19, September

Grand Finals – Berrambool Oval

Winners of each Semi-Final will meet in the Grand Final.

The Grand Final will operate under at Berrambool Oval an “Event Major” COVID-19 Safety Plan which has significantly different logistical challenges for us to manage in comparison to the standard community event all clubs are currently operating under. This allows us to work to 25% of the venue capacity (meaning more than 500 in attendance at any one time), however requires it to be a ticketed event along with all attendees remaining in their allocated zone. More details on how this will operate will be provided next week but it will see a cap on tickets and will likely require any person wishing to attend Grand Finals to pre-purchase a ticket online.

In addition, to ensure compliance with maximum attendee numbers, we will have an approximately 90 minute break between the Junior Grand Finals (Under 16s match) and the start of the Senior Finals (Mens Division 2) to hopefully reduce numbers in the venue. This will see the final match of the day (Men’s Division 1) played under lights. All match times to be confirmed in the coming week.


COVID Compliance

It is critical that all clubs follow all COVID requirements during the finals, and ensure its players, officials and importantly spectators do also. Each venue will operate under the host clubs COVID-19 Safety Plan and any confirmed breaches across the finals series will see significant penalties imposed. We will provide significant communications and information to clubs to share with members over the coming week/s if you can please ensure is circulated and reinforced.

See link to AFL NSW/ACT COVID-19 Protocols


League Best & Fairest Awards

Due to the NSW Government COVID requirements around community sporting organisations, we unfortunately are unable to hold our usual League Best & Fairest Awards Night this year. We are finalising how we will announce / present these and will advise in due course however the likely scenario will be partially on social media in the lead up to the Grand Final as well as during the Premiers presentations after each Grand Final match.

This year we will only be presenting medals / trophies to the winner of each competitions Best & Fairest, Umpire awards and a Volunteer of the Year.