Fans flock to Twitter for the #AFLFinals

By Jonno Simpson
Thursday, 4 September 2014

September is a great time to be a sports fan in Australia. The sun is shining, the footy finals are upon us, premiership trophies are being polished and every finals-bound supporter has a clever Tweet in their arsenal ready to fire!

With the #AFLFinals beginning this weekend, and four massive games taking the winners one step closer to September glory, many questions will be answered. Can the Hawks (@HawthornFC) go back-to-back? Could the Dockers (@Fremantle_FC) achieve Grand Final retribution? The @SydneySwans are certainly shaping up as the team to beat after taking out the minor Premiership, but with the Tigers (@Richmond_FC) on the prowl after nine-in-a-row, anything is possible.

While the feeling of being at the @MCG with 100,000 other fans is hard to beat, Twitter provides the ultimate access for the arm-chair sports fan. Viewers take to Twitter to celebrate the final siren, yell at the umpire or congratulate their favourite player on victory.

A great place to begin your #AFLFinals adventure is with the official @AFL account. They provide comprehensive Twitter coverage for every game, including instant replay videos, photos, scores, stats and commentary. @AFL is always on hand to answer any questions you may have, so your all-access pass to the finals is only a Tweet away.

The @AFL is even offering Twitter followers the chance to win official #AFLFinals Sherrin footballs and tickets to games, so follow them for the chance to win!

The @AFL account is also the ideal place to get ticket information and fixture details. After each weekend of footy, the schedule and ticket details for the following week will be released first on Twitter.

All eight teams in the #AFLFinals also use Twitter to bring fans closer to the action.

The team accounts provide exclusive access to the inner sanctum, insights from players and coaches and totally biased live commentary — just what every fan wants!

Here’s our list of the final eight teams:

@SydneySwans
@HawthornFC
@GeelongCats
@Fremantle_FC
@PAFC
@NorthKangaroos
@EssendonFC
@Richmond_FC



Going above and beyond, the @SydneySwans have even created personalised photos for their fans. To get yours, simply Tweet @SydneySwans using #GoSwans and they’ll Tweet your photo back to you.


To help you discover great Twitter content during the #AFLFinals we’ve put together this list of some of our favourite accounts.

The @AFL have used “Don’t Go Quietly” as their finals catchcry and Twitter is a great place to shout your support. Back your team, chat with your favourite players and ensure the roar of the footy crowd on Twitter dominates your Twitter feed this weekend!