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Fans welcome the return of banners

Fans have welcomed the return of banners for the AFLW Grand Final tomorrow and from Round 6 in the men’s competition

Also known as run-throughs, banners have not been seen at AFL games since the 2019 men’s Grand Final due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The AFL Fans Association had been pushing for their return once it was COVID-safe to do so and recently asked AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan to see what he could do.

AFLFA president Cheryl Critchley thanked the AFL for listening and says having banners back is exciting for all those who love the tradition, colour, and excitement of run-throughs before the game.

“The return of banners is brilliant news, and we thank the AFL for working to make this happen,” Cheryl says. “AFL banners are unique and such an important part of our game. They add colour to the match-day experience and connect grassroots fans to their clubs.

“Cheer squads spend many hours each week designing and creating banners. Constructing them together offers a sense of camaraderie among fans and connection to their clubs and the players.

“We understood why banners have been missing, but not having them left a big hole on game day. Their content is often entertaining and recognises players when they reach milestone games.

“This move also helps to restore more normality for fans who have endured so much over the past year due to the pandemic.”

AFLFA membership is free, and fans are encouraged to join at www.aflfans.org.au.

More information: AFLFA president Cheryl Critchley on 0418 312 596. Email: media@aflfans.org.au.