Senior fixture for 2023 released

The AFL North West's senior competitions for 2023 will begin on April 22.

THE fixture for the 2023 AFL North West senior competition has been finalised and it’s now little more than five weeks until the season begins.

When the first bounce of the season takes place on April 22, the AFL North West will have five clubs fielding both a men’s and women’s team.

AFL North West Competition Coordinator Brad Greenshields said the season promises to be a great one for both men and women.

“It’s fantastic that every club fielding senior teams this year will be fielding both a men’s and women’s team,” Greenshields said.

“It shows the commitment of our clubs to provide equal opportunities and be so proactive in the female space.”

Other highlights of the upcoming 2023 season are:

  • Anzac Rounds being played across Rounds 1 and 2;
  • Indigenous Rounds being played across Rounds 5 & 6;
  • Pride Round being played in Round 10 on July 1;
  • Reigning men’s premier the New England Nomads will begin their title defence with a home match in the opening round of the season;
  • A replay of the men’s Grand Final between New England Nomads and Tamworth Swans will be played in Round 3 while a replay of the women’s grand final between Inverell and Gunnedah will be played on the same day.

Further proof of the commitment to women’s football in the region is the fact that this year’s finals venues will be based on the ladder positions of the teams in the women’s competition. When the finals do begin on August 12, the women’s matches will be featured as the last match of the day.

Last year’s finals series was one of the closest on record and it has set the tone for what promises to be a thrilling and competitive 2023 season.

The 2023 fixture has been loaded into PlayHQ and can be found under the Fixtures & Results tab in the Menu of the AFL North West’s website.