A football tradition which has been cut due to COVID is now back for the first time since 2019.
The return of banners will be brought in for the AFLW Grand Final between the Adelaide Crows and the Brisbane Lions at Adelaide Oval and they will then return in the men’s game the next week.
AFL Executive General Manager Football Operations Steve Hocking said he was thrilled that supporters would be able to see banners back at the footy from this weekend.
“Banners are a special part of footy and have a deep and meaningful connection to supporters and clubs across the country,” Mr Hocking said.
“We are thrilled to see such a unique part of our game return for the biggest match on the women’s footy calendar, the 2021 NAB AFLW Grand Final.
“The club banner is a great tradition and a real connector for cheer squads, supporters and their teams across the country.”
While this weekend will only see banners at the NAB AFLW Grand Final, the AFL confirms from Round Six of the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season, cheer squads will be permitted to erect a banner for each team to run through upon entering the arena prior to the commencement of each respective game.
“We understand the banner is so much more than the final product on match-day, it’s the sense of connection that comes with being part of the cheer squad group that make them every week and we cannot wait to see banners back at the footy,” Mr Hocking said.
COVID safe protocols will be put in place to make sure that the banners will be re-introduced in the safest possible way.
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