NRL hits the business end of the season as Finals Series commences

Eight teams have had their Mad Monday celebrations, and can head for their end of season holidays, and return in November in time for pre-season training.

For eight other teams, the season continues, and they are all fighting to be where everyone wants to be, in the Grand Final.

The eight captains were present at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium on Monday, to launch the Finals Series.

Channel 9 sports journalist, Yvonne Sampson was the MC, at the launch.

“This season we again witnessed one of the closest seasons on record. Now we only have eight teams remaining and some of the best players in the world will be involved in this finals series,” Sampson said according to The Daily Telegraph.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg added, “Every top eight spot was up for grabs in round 26, which suggests we are going to have an amazing finals series.”

“It’ll all start on Friday night and over the next few weeks we’ll all be there to see history happen,” he continued in The Daily Telegraph.

On Friday, it’s a southern Queensland sudden death final, when the Brisbane Broncos meet the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Saturday, we head to the nations capital to see the high flying Canberra Raiders, take on the Cronulla Sharks, in the first of the qualifying finals at GIO Stadium, then later on Saturday, we head down to Melbourne to see Minor Premiers, Melbourne Storm play host to Defending Champions, North Queensland Cowboys at AAMI Park.

Sunday rounds out the week, when the young Penrith Panthers, take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, in a knockout game at Allianz Stadium, Sydney.

The winners of the Qualifying Finals, get a week off, and move to the preliminary finals, while the losers move on to the semi finals.

The winners of the Elimination Finals, move on to the semi finals, and the losers are eliminated.

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