NAB League Boys and Girls will return in August in a breakthrough announcement by the AFL today. Following on from AFL Victoria’s announcement yesterday that the Victorian Football League (VFL) would begin on August 1, the premier junior competition will kick off on August 22 (boys) and September 5 (girls).
The NAB League Boys season will run for six weeks, whilst the NAB League Girls season will run for a further three – having commenced earlier this year and played three rounds in that time. The NAB League will look a little different aside from the shortened season this year, with the five regular season rounds broken up into Metro and Country conferences. The six metro teams: Calder Cannons, Eastern Ranges, Northern Knights, Oakleigh Chargers, Sandringham Dragons and Western Jets will face off in one conference, whilst the six country teams: Bendigo Pioneers, Dandenong Stingrays, Geelong Falcons, Gippsland Power, Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels and Murray Bushrangers will face off in the other conference.
The top team in each conference will then face off for the 2020 NAB League Boys title meaning one Metro and one Country team will contest the final. The remaining sides will also play off in the sixth week against a team in the opposite conference to ensure each team plays six matches. At this point, the Tasmania Devils are not included in the competition, but in the announcement today, the AFL said it was still “working on its options” to allow it to participate.
Meanwhile the NAB League Girls competition will pick up where it left off back in March with a further two rounds of regular season games, followed by a finals weekend similar to the boys competition for Saturday, September 5. The three rounds from earlier in the season will still count, with Oakleigh Chargers, GWV Rebels and Northern Knights all undefeated. The fixture will be released at a later date.