Updated: Oct 5, 2020
Four games left Brisbane. Four Games.
Not just regular season games, not even a QClash where Queensland pride is on the line, finals footy this year belongs to the river city.
This year’s finals series kicked off with a bang, with the Lions booking their spot in a preliminary final for the first time since 2004 after beating Richmond by 15 points and snapping a 15-game losing streak to the Tigers in the process.
A Saturday afternoon do-or-die final provided a fantastic contest, with the Saints breaking a decade-long finals drought and escaping a fourth quarter Bulldogs comeback in yet another thriller at the Gabba. Can footy in the sunshine state get any better?
The answer is yes.
The only place you can watch semi-final football live this weekend is in South-East Queensland. Friday night footy on the Gold Coast sees Richmond get a second chance against St Kilda, while Geelong take on Collingwood at the Gabba in what shapes up as a Saturday night special.
It’s tough to top that level of quality football, but either the Cats or the Magpies will take on the Lions the following weekend to book a spot in the 2020 AFL Grand Final.
The stage is set for the Lions, who have already exemplified a lot more confidence and experience than 12 months prior. If they play to their potential and have the football gods on their side, the Lions could get a shot at the holy grail in front of their home faithful.
Whether they advance or not, the biggest day on the AFL calendar will take place in Brisvegas for the first time. It will be the only Grand Final to be played outside of Victoria, and the first decider to be played in an evening time slot.
The Gabba under lights and for the city of Brisbane, will be one of THE best nights.
A once in a lifetime opportunity that we may never witness again, these four matches should not be taken lightly or be easily skipped.
Drop everything you could be doing and cancel any existing plans. Go out and watch the footy live at the ground (while respecting socially distancing of course).
While there are limited seats due to the reduced maximum crowd capacity, snap the tickets up when you can. If the first week of finals wasn’t a good enough reason to get to the game, there are a million others.
You have the chance to watch the top four Victorian based football clubs in 2020 strut their stuff on the biggest stage, with some of the biggest names in the AFL on display including Pendlebury, Dangerfield, and Dusty to name a few.
Port Adelaide are one win away from their first Grand Final appearance since 2007. Need I say more about the Lions, who majority of Brisbane hope will kick two more winning scores and let the AFL community hear the mightiest of roars.
For fans of the 12 teams out of the running for this year’s flag, still get amongst it. Don’t be content watching the footy at home or just checking the score when you get the chance, grab some mates and jump on a bandwagon.
For the most loyal of fans, just get out to the ground and enjoy the atmosphere. Enjoy the contest, who knows what the future holds and what the 2021 competition will look like.
For anyone still not convinced they should grab a ticket and be part of this unique yet exciting season, go to the ground and keep an eye on a player you may never usually get the chance to watch live.
Whether you want to watch Darcy Moore down back, Travis Boak’s work through the midfield or see if Mason Cox has another monster finals game in him, watch these players live and follow them closely.
Watch what they do both with the ball, without the ball and how they move around the ground. If you go to the game with this strategy in mind, I guarantee you will end up being drawn into the intensity and drama finals footy provides.
While Victorians will unfortunately miss hosting these blockbusters, Brisbane is incredibly lucky to host so many high-quality games and have a crowd ready to ride the emotional rollercoaster that finals football is.
So, take advantage of this Brisbane. This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity we may never experience again.