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Match Day Info: NAB Challenge v Bulldogs

GIANTS Media  February 23, 2016 1:53 PM

All the info you need for Thursday night’s NAB Challenge game against the Western Bulldogs at Maunka Oval.

All the info you need for Thursday night’s NAB Challenge game against the Western Bulldogs at Maunka Oval.

GWS GIANTS v Western Bulldogs
Thursday February 23, 7.10pm
Manuka Oval, Canberra

Gate Opening:

6pm - Gates Open
7.10pm - GWS GIANTS v Western Bulldogs

Tickets and FREE entry for members:

All GIANTS 2016 members receive FREE entry to the game by simply scanning your 2016 membership card at the gate.

If you are yet to receive your membership card, please visit the staff at the membership marquee at the West Gate and they will be able to provide entry into this match.

Entry is within general admission and members can upgrade to a reserved seat using their 2016 membership barcode via Ticketek with a special members upgrade rate.

Head to to become a member today or call 1300 442 687. 

General admission tickets start at $5 for juniors and $20 for adults, CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets now.

You can also call 136 100 or visit any Ticketek. The ticket office will be open from 6pm near the West Gate.


Manuka Oval is located on Manuka Circle, Griffith ACT 2603.

Fan Zone:

Fan Zone has a new home for this match across the road from the main entrance at Telopea Park School’s Oval.

Join G-MAN, test your football skills with the GIANTS inflatables and have a kick before the match begins.

There will be plenty of GIANTS giveaways too! All the action kicks off from 4pm.

Public Transport and Parking:

Bus: Free chartered buses will be running for GIANTS members and Ticket holders for all the GIANTS games at Manuka Oval, Canberra this season. Head to ACTION Buses for more details.

ACTION Buses operate a number of buses from and to the following bus interchanges:

- Gungahlin Town Centre
- Woden
- Tuggeranong
- City
- Belconnen Interchanges

The specific times for each service can be found at: ACTION Buses or by phoning 13 17 10.

Car: Public car parking is available at a number of locations around Manuka Oval including Kingston Shopping Centre; Manuka Shopping Centre, Kingston Oval and surrounding streets.

Patrons are reminded not to leave valuables in their cars as they are responsible for the security of their own vehicles

Disabled Parking is directly outside the Main Gate of Manuka Oval with limited spaces available. Vehicles must display authorised permits to gain access.  

Major Event Parking: General Parking is available at Kingston and Manuka Shopping Centres, Kingston Oval and surrounding streets. Please refer to the seating plan to see which entrance would be most convenient to gain access to your seats.

To view the parking map click here.

Broadcast Information:

The game will be LIVE on Fox Footy (channel 504) from 7.00pm. The GIANTS will also have full coverage on their Twitter and Facebook pages.

Click here for more information

NAB Challenge Rules:

Nine points awarded for goals kicked from outside the 50m arc. This is called a supergoal.

A player awarded a 50m penalty which takes them inside the 50m area can elect either to kick from outside 50 for nine points or kick from inside 50 for six points.

Longer breaks between quarters, if the weather requires.

Interchange: Rounds one and two – eight interchange and unlimited rotations per team (no substitutes).

Time-on/off: Rounds one and two – no time-on/off in first 15 minutes of each quarter unless a goal is scored or there is a major undue delay. The final five minutes of each quarter reverts to normal time-on/off scenarios.

New trials for 2016

The line of the mark:
An adjustment to the line of the mark, except when a player takes a mark or receives a free kick within the forward 50, will be trialled.

Protected area: The protected area described in Law 16.1.2 will be modified by increasing the lateral width. The width will be increased from 5m to either 8m or 10m. To determine the final width and facilitate its introduction, the options will be discussed and tested with clubs during the pre-season and the NAB Challenge. It will be 10m for at least the first two weeks of the NAB Challenge.

Dangerous tackles: Dangerous tackling techniques will be further discouraged by a stricter interpretation of free kicks for lifting, slinging, driving or rotating tackles with excessive force.

Deliberate out of bounds: A stricter interpretation of deliberate out of bounds will be applied in 2016, based on a player not showing enough intent to keep the ball in play.


The GIANTS have named a 29-man squad with a final team of 26 players - 18 on field and eight on the bench - to be named on Thursday prior to the match.