The AFL Ireland Nexventur Grand Final will be taking place in Mountmellick GAA. The day will begin with an underage “Intro to AFL Session” at 11am for younger athletes who are interested in trying AFL and learning basic skills. This event is open to all and free entry with the women’s final taking place at 1pm while the men’s final will be at 3pm.
Not only is Laois a central location for everyone to travel to, the knowledge and interest in AFL has grown significantly in Laois as some of their top athletes and GAA stars have headed to Australia to turn professional. This includes new AFLW signings Erone Fitzpatrick for Carlton and Jane Moore for Southern Saints, and the legendary Zach Tuohy who won the AFL title with Geelong Cats last year. With such talent coming from Laois, it’s only natural to have the Irish AFL Grand Final there!
Throughout the past 5 months, the men’s and women’s AFL teams around Ireland have been taking part in the Nexventur AFL Premiership, in which they have travelled length and breadth of the country to compete against one another. These teams hail from every corner of the country, including Cork, Dublin, Galway, and Belfast. The Grand Final will see the top two teams go head-to-head and battle it out to secure the Irish title.
The current women’s league titleholders, the Cork Vikings, are heading to the Grand Final once again after topping the league with straight wins. The Vikings have won the Irish league and the European Champion’s League twice in a row and are looking to make it a triple. However, they aren’t going to have an easy time making this a reality. Who they will face in the final is yet to be seen, but whichever team they will face will be determined to overthrow the Vikings as national champions!
The men’s Cork team, the Leeside Lions, have also made it straight to the Grand Final after remaining unbeaten for the entire season so far. The Lions will be determined to take the win after reaching the final for the past two years, but not managing to clutch the title. The 2021 and 2022 winners, the South Dublin Swans and the Belfast Redbacks will be facing off in the Preliminary Finals in Dublin on 9th September to determine who will be progressing to the Grand Final. These teams have been on-par with one another all season, so it’s anyone’s guess who will take the win there! The men’s league has been really exciting this season, with some genuinely fantastic games and unbelievable displays of talent – we’re sure the Grand Final is going to be just as exciting as the rest of the season has been!
The AFL Grand Finals will take place on Saturday, September 16.
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