From the Top End to the Red Centre, the Territory is the place to be for first-class sport this weekend, with the National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL) Finals taking place in Darwin and the AFL game between the Melbourne Football Club and Port Adelaide. in Alice Springs.
The Territory is increasingly hosting professional sporting events that not only provide opportunities for Territorians, but also bring teams and their support teams here, attract interstate fans, and see the Territory broadcast nationwide and even abroad.
The NWBL finals began on Friday evening and will continue until Sunday at Darwin Basketball Stadium, while the AFL match takes place this Sunday at TIO Traeger Park in the Red Centre. As last season’s Premiership winners, the Demons will bring the AFL Premier’s Cup with them.
This is the first time the NWBL Finals will be held in the territory and comes at a time when interest in the sport is growing locally. The new Darwin Salties NBL1 team is attracting a lot of attention and is the most watched NBL1 team in the competition, and the NBL Blitz, the code’s pre-season tournament, will be held in Darwin in September for the first time this year. . Tickets for the NWBL Finals are available at https://nwblwnwblfinalsday1.intix.com/?action=tickets&fbclid=IwAR1Sly3L9ldyBQi8oswGiUe1tBzk3VNH3VXcQZXYZGdwcjrCczg54Kt573w here
The much-loved AFL game returns to Alice Springs after a hiatus last year thanks to COVID, and is part of the Northern Territory Government’s partnership with the AFL. It also sees the Gold Coast SUNS play a game in Darwin. While in town, Melbourne will take part in a number of community engagement initiatives, including football clinics and a visit to Santa Teresa. Tickets for the Alice game are available here.
Quotes from Major Events Minister Paul Kirby:
“The Territory is a fantastic location for professional sporting events, with our amazing weather, great sporting facilities and plenty for traveling teams and fans to do and see while they are here.
“It’s a win for everyone involved and the Northern Territory Government will continue to support professional sporting events and build on the benefits. A good recent example is the NBL Blitz pre-season tournament, which will travel to the territory in September.
Quotes from Sports Minister Kate Worden:
“We are seeing an increasing number of sporting events going north, which is great for the territory in a number of ways.
“It offers Territorians the chance to see world-class athletes without having to travel from state to state; our rising sports stars benefit from community engagement initiatives; and audiences across the country and even abroad are introduced to the territory.
Northern Territory Government