Getting into the footy finals action around the Illawarra

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It’s that time of year again. Time to celebrate all things footy!

Whether you follow the AFL or NRL, two big weekends of footy finals fever are upon us.

The Preliminary Finals for both the AFL and NRL are on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September. The main event – the big Grand Final – then kicks off for the AFL at 2:30pm on Saturday 30 September, and NRL at 7:30pm on Sunday October 1.

Here’s some budget busting ways to take in all the action of Footy Finals Fever in Wollongong!

Head to your local pub

Catch all the action on the big sports screens over a drink with mates at your local.

  • If you enjoy a family-friendly footy vibe, head to the Bally Hotel in Balgownie. They’ll be screening all the finals action, and on Sundays the kids eat free with adults. There’s also loads of fun entertainment including a jumping castle, face painting and balloon artist.
  • In North Wollongong, the North Gong Hotel are screening every game live and loud. Enjoy the matches on the big screen in the beer garden, and check out some of their current drink specials.
  • In Shellharbour, enjoy your footy seaside at the Ocean Beach Hotel. With views to die for, great food and drinks and several big screens to watch the footy action, it’s a great spot to celebrate the finals.
  • Wherever you are around the Illawarra, check out what’s happening at your local pub, and enjoy the footy on the big screen!

Head to your local club

What better place to immerse yourself in footy finals fever than at your nearest club.

BBQ with your mates

Save a stack of cash and skip the worry about how to get home after a few drinks. Host a footy finals party at home!

  • Check out this handy guide to hosting a grand final bbq. There’s some practical and money saving tips that will ensure success.
  • If you do want to whip up some tasty treats for your guests, check out these fabulous footy finals food ideas.
  • Ask everyone to BYO drinks and some meat for the bbq. This ensures there’s loads for everyone, and keeps the cost down for you as the host.
  • The basic rules are – have loads of food, ice, good company and a great TV to watch the action!
  • Check out this handy Grand Finals Kit for a great planning checklist, ideas and signage.

Up the ante with a sweep

Don’t lose a stack of cash betting online or at the pub. Stay on budget while getting into the swing of footy finals fever by holding a sweep with your mates.

  • Options include first goal scorer, first try scorer or first points scored.
  • Check your local paper or favourite sports website for a template, or use this sweep from a prior season as inspiration to create your own.
  • Then sit back as the action kicks off, and wait to see who wins!

Get the kids involved

So whether you teams wins or loses, you can be sure of having a great time while you soak up the fun of Footy Finals Fever in Wollongong!

Need some extra cash for the footy finals?

  • If you need a quick cash loan to get into the swing of footy finals fever, City Finance can help!
  • Simply pop in for a chat with our friendly Wollongong branch staff, or give us a call today on 4208 3321.
  • You can also apply online today!