Premiers Sydney Roosters will open a blockbuster NRL Telstra Premiership 2019 Finals Series on Friday night against traditional rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The NRL today confirmed the times and venues for Week One of the Finals Series, beginning with the first Finals match at the SCG for more than 80 years between the foundation clubs.
Week One of the Finals will also feature;
- Minor Premiers Melbourne Storm facing Canberra Raiders on Saturday at AAMI Park.
- Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles against Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks on Saturday at 7.50pm at Lottoland*;
- Parramatta Eels clashing with Brisbane Broncos on Sunday at 4.05pm at Bankwest Stadium;
- The Melbourne-Canberra and Eels-Broncos matches will be double headers, also featuring the Holden Women’s Premiership matches between Sydney Roosters and the Warriors and St George Illawarra and Brisbane Broncos respectively.
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said the opening weekend of the Finals Series offered some wonderful match-ups.
“The competition for the top eight this year was remarkable,” Mr Greenberg said.
“The fact that the final place in the top eight was only confirmed in the second last match of the regular season is a reflection of the tightness of the competition.
“In the Finals Series, anything can happen on any given day, and a new competition will be beginning on Friday night.
“And the Finals Series will produce some wonderful storylines – the first Finals match between the Roosters and Souths at the SCG since 1938, and the first ever Finals match at the new Bankwest Stadium.”
Mr Greenberg said a number of considerations went into the construction of the Finals Series schedule.
“We need to take into account turnarounds – not just from Round 25 into Week One of the Finals, but also turnarounds throughout the entire Finals Series,” Mr Greenberg said.
“Additionally there is venue availability and our Holden Women’s Premiership to consider, as well as producing the best scenario for our fans when it comes to attendance as well as broadcast.
“We want as many people to experience our Finals Series matches as possible because they provide incredible entertainment and drama.”
2019 TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP FINALS SERIES WEEK ONE SCHEDULE
Qualifying Final: Friday, September 13, 7.50pm, Sydney Cricket Ground
NRL: (2) Sydney Roosters v (3) South Sydney Rabbitohs
Qualifying Final: Saturday, September 14, 5.40pm, AAMI Park
NRL: (1) Melbourne Storm v (4) Canberra Raiders
NRLW: Sydney Roosters v New Zealand Warriors, 3.05pm
Elimination Final: Saturday, September 14, 7.50pm, Lottoland*
NRL: (6) Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v (7) Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
*Please Note: Lottoland is subject to confirmation of venue safety by 6:00pm Monday
Elimination Final: Sunday, September 15, 4.05pm, Bankwest Stadium
NRL: (5) Parramatta Eels v (8) Brisbane Broncos
NRLW: St George Illawarra Dragons v Brisbane Broncos, 2.05pm
Ticketed members prices start from $20 for Adults and $50 for families at every venue for the NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series.
General Public tickets start from $25 for Adults and $65 for families.
Tickets will be on sale for all matches except the Lottoland fixture to Ticketed Club Members at 10am on Monday (September 9), while tickets for non-ticketed members will be on sale at 1pm and for nrl.com members at 4pm on Monday.
Finals Series tickets will be on sale to the general public at 10am on Tuesday (September 10) at www.nrl.com/tickets.
Tickets for Members for the Sea Eagles-Sharks match will go on sale at 10am on Tuesday (September 10).
General Public Tickets for the Sea Eagles-Sharks match will go on sale at 10am on Wednesday (September 11).
Fans are also reminded that tickets for the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final, on October 6 at ANZ Stadium, are also on sale at www.nrl.com/tickets.
All matches for Week One of the 2019 NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series will be broadcast live on the Nine Network, Fox League, SKY NZ and on NRL Live Pass.