Footy’s back, crowds are back, and don’t we love it.
With crowds slowly beginning to return in several states across the country, here’s where to catch the AFL this weekend.
A 50% capacity Western Derby between Fremantle and West Coast in Round 7 at Optus Stadium was certainly a sight to behold.
Fake crowd sound effects were traded for raucous cheering and booing – a symbol of the passion we have been so keen to see return.
The action continues this weekend, with several clashes across the country ready for your return.
Of course, there is still limited capacity at all venues, so be sure to snap up your tickets now.
Here is your rundown of where you can get in on the action.
AFL in Western Australia
The 50% capacity state will host two blockbuster matches at Optus Stadium this weekend, beginning with the back-in-form West Coast Eagles.
Ready to launch back into the top eight, they will have their work cut out against a fourth-placed Collingwood outfit, a rematch of the infamous 2018 Grand Final.
It will be a battle of the midfields, with two star-studded outfits going head-to-head.
Kelly, Shuey, Yeo, Gaff and Naitanui up against Pendlebury, Adams, Treloar, Phillips, Grundy – certainly a mouth-watering encounter.
The Sunday 26 July fixture begins at 1.35pm (AWST), with limited tickets still available here.
Will history repeat itself this weekend?
The second clash in Perth of the weekend, on Monday 27 July, sees the return of Monday night footy.
Fremantle will host Geelong, adding another chapter to one of the game’s great modern rivalries. There is certainly no love lost between the two sides.
The Monday night clash begins at 6.10pm (AWST), with tickets going on sale today to the general public.
AFL in Queensland this weekend
Just the one game at The Gabba this round, with North Melbourne hosting a red-hot Carlton.
Arguably one of the game’s most entertaining sides to watch this season, the free-flowing, high-scoring and lightning-quick Carlton game style is a breath of fresh air.
They go into the game as favourites, something the Blues certainly aren’t used to, as North Melbourne look to regain some form.
Adding a little spice to the clash, the McKay twins appear set to match up on each other for the very first time.
The game is scheduled in the Saturday afternoon timeslot at 1.05pm (AEST), with very limited tickets still available for purchase.
Carlton skipper Sam Docherty will finally run out for his 100th game this weekend.
AFL in New South Wales
It doesn’t get much bigger than the Grand Final rematch, as the GWS GIANTS play host to Richmond at GIANTS Stadium.
GWS will be keen to atone for last season’s disappointing performance, fueled by the return of polarising gun Toby Greene.
Despite being decimated by injury, you can be sure this Richmond outfit never backs down, teeing up possibly the match-of-the-round in Friday night footy.
Scoop up your last minute tickets to tonight’s match (Friday 24 July) here, beginning at 7.50pm (AEST).
Straying from the AFL, the Western Force have marked their return to Super Rugby in 2020, competing in the AU version of the competition.
The side are in Sydney this weekend, taking on the ACT Brumbies at Leichhardt Oval tomorrow (Saturday 25 July) at 7.15pm.
Secure your tickets to the Western Force’s next two clashes at Leichhardt here.
For all AFL fixtures this weekend, you can grab your tickets from Ticketmaster.com.au now.