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AFL Northern Territory is proud to announce the 2021 Big Rivers Football League game ahead of the season opener on April 24th. More clubs have been added to the league over the past year, and four clubs in multiple classes will compete in the 2021 season. Gavin May, AFLNT’s regional development manager for Katherine, said the BRFL had grown by leaps and bounds despite last year’s lockdown of COVID-19 that affected participation in some leagues. “The BRFL bucked the trend and we’ve seen our numbers grow, our teams and clubs grow, and we’ve seen our youth and junior participation come back,” May said of clubs from eight in 2020 to twelve this season. This has split the competition into two divisions, Katherine River and Roper River, named after the major rivers in the Big Rivers region. ” Due to the growing appetite for youth football and the Roper Gulf Regional Council’s partnership to enable the use of the Mataranka Oval, the youth competition for men and women under the age of 16 has been launched with four clubs already registered. There will also be a mixed U12 competition with two mini-seasons played during school days two and four. “This league growth is proof to all of our clubs, volunteers and referees that our competition has grown in the current environment,” May said. “As the league grows, so does the need for more referees to play extra games. We have a couple of “Come and Try” nights in Mataranka on March 31st and in Katherine on April 1st and 9th planned for those interested. “” These Come and Try nights are made up of BRFL referee-coaches who understand the rules and Teach rules for all three of the umpire’s disciplines – Field, Limit and Targets – See the attached BRFL 2021 Games for Men and Women (PDF).

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AFL Northern Territory is proud to announce the 2021 Big Rivers Football League game ahead of the season opener on April 24th.

The number of players in the league has increased over the past year, and four more clubs in multiple classes will take part in the competition in the 2021 season.

Gavin May, AFLNT’s regional development manager for Katherine, said the BRFL had grown by leaps and bounds despite last year’s lockdown of COVID-19 that affected participation in some leagues.

“The BRFL bucked the trend and we’ve seen our attendance increase, our teams and clubs increase, and we’ve seen our youth and junior participation return,” May said.

“In the senior competitions, the number of club registrations has increased from eight in 2020 to twelve this season. This has split the competition into two divisions, Katherine River and Roper River, named after the major rivers in the Big Rivers region.”

Due to the growing appetite for youth football and the Roper Gulf Regional Council’s partnership to enable the use of the Mataranka Oval, the youth competition for men and women under the age of 16 has been launched with four clubs already registered.

There will also be a mixed U12 competition with two mini-seasons played during school days two and four.

“This league growth is proof to all of our clubs, volunteers and referees that our competition has grown in the current environment,” May said.

“As the league grows, so does the need for more referees to play extra games. We have a couple of Come and Try nights in Mataranka on March 31st and in Katherine on April 1st and 9th for those interested planned. “”

These “Come and Try” nights consist of BRFL umpire coaches teaching the rules and regulations of all three of the umpire’s disciplines – field, limit and goals.

View the attached games for men and women of the BRFL 2021 (PDF)

Major BRFL 2021 seasonal events:

  • April 24th: BRFL season opener and adherence to ANZAC RAAF Base Tindal
      • 2 p.m. Women Katherine Camels versus Katherine South
      • 4 p.m. Eastside for women against Tindal
      • ANZAC ceremony including fighter aircraft transfer
      • 6 p.m. Messrs Tindal versus Eastside
    • 2 p.m. Women Katherine Camels versus Katherine South
    • 4 p.m. Eastside for women against Tindal
    • ANZAC ceremony including fighter aircraft transfer
    • 6 p.m. Messrs Tindal versus Eastside
  • 2 p.m. Women Katherine Camels versus Katherine South
  • 4 p.m. Eastside for women against Tindal
  • ANZAC ceremony including fighter aircraft transfer
  • 6 p.m. Messrs Tindal versus Eastside
    • 2 p.m. Women Katherine Camels versus Katherine South
    • 4 p.m. Eastside for women against Tindal
    • ANZAC ceremony including fighter aircraft transfer
    • 6 p.m. Messrs Tindal versus Eastside
  • 2 p.m. Women Katherine Camels versus Katherine South
  • 4 p.m. Eastside for women against Tindal
  • ANZAC ceremony including fighter aircraft transfer
  • 6 p.m. Messrs Tindal versus Eastside
  • 2 p.m. Women Katherine Camels versus Katherine South
  • 4 p.m. Eastside for women against Tindal
  • ANZAC ceremony including fighter aircraft transfer
  • 6 p.m. Messrs Tindal versus Eastside
  • May 1st: Introduction of Mataranka Oval
      • 12.30 p.m. Women Katherine South versus Eastside
      • 2 p.m. Men Katherine South versus Ngukurr
    • 12.30 p.m. Women Katherine South versus Eastside
    • 2 p.m. Men Katherine South versus Ngukurr
  • 12.30 p.m. Women Katherine South versus Eastside
  • 2 p.m. Men Katherine South versus Ngukurr
    • 12.30 p.m. Women Katherine South versus Eastside
    • 2 p.m. Men Katherine South versus Ngukurr
  • 12.30 p.m. Women Katherine South versus Eastside
  • 2 p.m. Men Katherine South versus Ngukurr
  • 12.30 p.m. Women Katherine South versus Eastside
  • 2 p.m. Men Katherine South versus Ngukurr
  • 2020 Grand Finale Reruns: Men’s Katherine South vs Katherine Camels
  • Round 4 and 11
  • Round 4 and 11
  • Round 4 and 11
  • 2020 Grand Final Replays: Women’s Arnhem Crows versus Katherine South
  • Round 3, 8 and 13
  • Round 3, 8 and 13
  • Round 3, 8 and 13
  • Ngukurr Women Exhibition Games
  • Round 12, 13 and 14
  • Round 12, 13 and 14
  • Round 12, 13 and 14

Entry into the 2021 BRFL is as follows:

  • $ 7 for adults
  • USD 2 for children under 15 years of age
  • Free for children under 3 years